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November 4, 2012

Morgan seeking first term on Richmond City Commission

RICHMOND — Laura Durham Morgan, who got the most votes in the non-partisan May primary for city commission, is seeking her first term on Richmond’s governing body.

For the past 22 years, she has been the owner operator of the College Station convenience store at the corner of Barnes Mill Road and Lancaster Avenue.

Morgan submitted a written response to the questions the Richmond Register posed to the eight candidates.

Questions and answers begin inside

The Parks and Recreation Department took the biggest funding cut in the 2012-13 budget. After the city finished the 2011-12 fiscal year with a surplus of more than $3 million, should some funding be restored to parks and recreation?

Through the Parks and Recreation Department, numerous programs have been implemented that directly benefit the citizens of Richmond and Madison County. We have one of the best parks systems in the state, and we need to make the commitment to continue adequate funding for it.

In addition to programs, the staff takes care of the maintenance of all the grounds. The department has a high standard for the appearance of the grounds to make them attractive to the citizens. It is vitally important for Richmond to offer programs, activities and space to meet the needs of our citizens. This will also be an incentive for people, businesses and industries to locate  here. Recreation is an important part of our quality of life.

The number of Richmond firefighters recently fell to 52, two below budgeted strength. Do you think the city can provide adequate fire protection with that number?

Public safety is the chief responsibility of any city. The citizens want and deserve the highest level of protection. Fire and police protection should be the top priority of city government. I would want to sit down with fire department leadership and also professionals from EKU and discuss our fire protection needs. A plan can then be developed that will provide for a level of service commensurate with our population and growth. This plan would include staffing, equipment and facilities.

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