The Richmond Register

Election

November 1, 2012

Johns takes second shot at commission seat; Thomas seeking re-election

Richmond City Commission candidates

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RICHMOND — Richard Thomas

During his first term as city commissioner, Richard Thomas has helped make some major decisions for the city as well as seeing a lot of controversy.

Working to cut expenses and reduce the city budget shortfall was one of the commission’s most challenging tasks, Thomas said. The parks and recreation as well as the fire department saw the biggest funding cut.

Now that the city is operating with a budget surplus, Thomas said, “I’m not opposed to budget increases in the next fiscal year for any department as long as they are justified.”

Despite the closure of Fire Station No. 5, Thomas thinks Richmond residents still have adequate fire protection.

“I would hope in the next fiscal year’s budget, the city commission, city manager and the fire chief can come to an agreed standard for the number of firefighters our city needs. I believe our firefighters can and will continue to provide adequate protection.”

The city’s storm-water upgrade needs to have a better approach, he said.

“A storm water management evaluation completed in March 2012 noted the lack of a comprehensive approach to our problem,” Thomas said. “Our Public Works Department does an outstanding job in responding to storm-water issues, but we have not provided an adequate budget to support their efforts. Richmond is required by the state Division of Water to meet certain goals each year. This process requires over $100,000 per year. This study showed there are 23 projects needing to be completed in the next 20 years. A storm-water user fee of some measure seems inevitable.”

The change in zoning classification at Barnes Mill and Lancaster Avenue “is a win-win situation for both the city and residents of this area,” Thomas said. “If this project had not been undertaken by a private enterprise, EKU could have purchased this property and used it for any purpose they deemed appropriate without the approval of the city or the residents of the area.”

As for human rights in Richmond, the Human Rights Commission “is a vital organization to our citizens,” he said.

However, the commission is not able to adequately enforce a a so-called “Fairness Ordinance,” he said.

“There are already a number of state, federal and city laws to guarantee all citizens protection from discrimination due to race, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc. I will continue to support all efforts against discrimination of any nature.”

If re-elected, Thomas said he hopes to work toward resolving the city’s storm-water issues and continue the “sound fiscal state that we have established in the last two years.” He also wants the city to continue providing a safe environment for its residents and explore more areas of cooperation between Richmond, EKU, Madison County and Berea.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@

richmondregister.com

or 624-6608.

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