How should the city resolve its storm-water issues? Would you favor a storm-water fee to fund improvements?
Richmond does have storm-water drainage problems. But this is not unique to Richmond.
Good strides made in recent years with storm-water management for new construction. The old, existing storm-water system has been studied, and a long-term project to combat this problem is needed for our city to move forward.
Of course, this will not be inexpensive. I would have our staff seek out sources of grant funding. Bonding is also a possibility. I also would like to talk with other cities an see how they plan to tackle this problem.
Was rezoning of property at Barnes Mill and Lancaster for a student housing project a good idea?
Richmond has grown and continues to grow. We are a vibrant, progressive city. With that growth comes neighborhood concerns. How do we balance the needs of existing neighborhoods with expected growth?
Before development occurs, the people who will be affected should be consulted and their needs addressed. I would like to see an impact statement of how any development will affect the city, including its neighborhoods, traffic flow, future growth and the impact on city revenues.
We are not just building for here and now but for the future.
Does the city sufficiently support, promote its Human Rights Commission?
I believe the Human Rights Commission should be better promoted by the city commissioners. We are talking about basic human rights for all people. People should know they have a place to come if they feel they are victims of discrimination.
The Human Rights Commission plays an important role, and our HRC has done its very best to be visible. And they have offered some excellent programs and enjoy a great reputation at the state level.