Candidate: Tom Botkin, 55

Education: Studied at Community College of the Air Force

Past/current employment: Foreman at the Okonite Company, current; chief warrant officer three in the United States Army, 20 years

Past elected or appointed boards/offices: Spent the last five years on the board of directors of the Committee of the 101 supporting the University of Kentucky Athletic Department

What do you see as the top three issues facing Madison County?

First, we must ensure the safety of our citizens as the destruction of chemical weapons begins at the Blue Grass Army Depot. I believe my experience as a career Army Officer will be a great asset to our residents providing information and resolving issues that will arise during this process.  

Second, we must be proactive in improving the quality of life for the people of the Fourth District while maintaining financial integrity and growing our infrastructure.  

Finally, we must be diligent in our efforts to provide every citizen a safe, drug free community to live and raise our children and grandchildren.

If you were elected, how would you go about resolving these issues?

1. I will use the knowledge that I attained during my twenty year career as a U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Three to establish communications/relations and work with the Blue Grass Army Depot Commander and Public Affairs Office. I will also request the Madison County Judge Executive allow me to interface, on behalf of the residents of the 4th District, with the Madison County Emergency Operations Center, Homeland Security and FEMA to assist with problem resolution and information distribution as chemical weapons destruction begins.

2. To improve the quality of life we must first be good stewards of the resources and tax dollars we already have. Then I believe it is imperative we anticipate and prepare for growth in our community and seek to improve our infrastructure. We must promote the products produced and made by our local farmers and small business owners. We must continue to promote and develop our industrial park and seek new industry which increases our tax base and revenue, as well as provides new jobs for our families. I will not support any new county taxes.

3. Last, I will extend my full support, on behalf of the residents of the Fourth District, to the sheriff’s department and local law enforcement in the war on drugs and crime. We must ensure our deputies have the best equipment and tools available to protect themselves and our residents while combating the war on drugs and crime. It is also imperative we support our fire departments as well.

Should the county expand its jail? If so, in what way and how should that be financed?

There are many pros and cons for expanding the jail. However, expanding the current jail is a short-term fix to a long-term problem. Perhaps a better solution would be to build a new jail and use the current facility as a juvenile detention/rehab/training facility. This would bring back into the county approximately $40 a day per juvenile which is the current rate we pay to send juveniles to a Fayette County facility. These funds could be used in paying for a new jail.  This is only one idea and there are many solutions to this problem. All solutions should be presented to the residents of Madison County and allow them to determine our best course of action.

Do you agree with current county planning codes and the level of enforcement? If

not, how would you change them?

As I have been going door to door throughout the 4th District many residents have expressed to me they would like to see better upkeep of foreclosed/abandoned homes and properties. There is currently a procedure to have these types of properties maintained and it does work. I would be willing to work with the codes administrator to determine if this procedure could be streamlined to reduce response times to resolve these issues in our district.

With demand for ball fields and other uses of city parks rising along with many of their users being county residents, should the county provide more assistance for Richmond and Berea recreational facilities? Or should the county develop its own ball fields?

The county already provides assistance to the Berea and Richmond Parks & Recreations Departments. I would have to research this issue more in-depth with Parks & Recreation Department administrators and discuss the findings with Fourth District residents to determine the best course of action.

 

Candidate: S. Delbert Fritz, 70

Education: Madison Central High School, EKU B.S, UK, M.D.; Medical University South Carolina, Surgery

Past/current employment: Self employed until 2012. Presently with Baptist Health and Madison County EMS.

Past elected or appointed boards/offices: chairman, Madison County Board of Health Hospice Board; chairman, Richmond Little League

Other community involvement: Congressman Larry Hopkins nerve gas task force; EMA medical advisor; EMS medical director; Bluegrass sub-area health council; Jr. Pro basketball coach

What do you see as the top three issues facing Madison County?

1. Jobs

2. Drugs

3.Taxes

If elected, how would you go about resolving these issues?

As a single individual there is little you can do alone. Working on these issues will involve the whole county government and even the U.S. government. Ending the recession, strengthening the economy and promoting U.S. goods will take a global effort, hopefully started by the mid-term elections coming up.

Attracting business and industry by incentives and promotion of our local work force will still need to be continued and increased. We need to increase penalties for drug abuse, not just for suppliers but for users. We need to continue to increase and support local drug enforcement.

Our jail is in need of expansion and modernizing with education and training expansion for the employees. Adding jobs and improving the economy will add revenues without increased taxation. Fiscal responsibility focusing on needs will be necessary as well.

 

Should the county expand its jail? If so, in what way and how should that be financed?

There is no question the jail needs expanding and modernizing. It needs expansion for holding and facilitating more prisoners. Visiting areas need to be improved. I have not, as yet, looked into what programs are available or into our bond issue situation to decide how it could be financed.

Do you agree with current county planning codes and the level of enforcement? If not, how would you change them?

County planning has progressed, as is common, into a self-propagating and regulatory body that seems to have little input by the elected representatives of the people. When there is no voter input into who is making regulations and decisions, these bodies can become oppressive. I agree we need codes to protect the property of individuals, but it goes too far when it becomes micromanagement and loss of freedom on your own property. Supervision by elected officials of the managers of the body is needed to see that they treat individuals with courtesy, respect, and provide service. Any new codes and regulations should be subject to public comment and official over view even if a state regulation.

 

Candidate: Jeffery V. Renner, 47

Education: 1985 Graduate of Madison Central High School; Madison County Vocational (Machinist)

Past/current employment: Currently at Okonite Cable Co. for nine years; Quality control manager and acting plant manager at P-K Tool & Mfg. Co. for 10 years

Other community involvement: Kirksville Volunteer Fire Department; Kirksville Community Center

What do you see as the top three issues facing Madison County?

1. Employment: We have lost jobs in Madison County.

2. Taxes: The county property tax needs to be reevaluated

3. County public services: To better equip our police, fire, ambulance, and road departments.

If you were elected, how would you go about resolving these issues?

If I am elected, I would like the county to work with the cities of Richmond and Berea to develop tax incentives to help bring in new industry to Madison County. Madison County has so many different resources to offer any company who is looking to relocate in Kentucky. Creating new jobs will help reduce unemployment, generate tax revenue, help reduce property taxes, and would help reduce crime in our county.

I would like to help Madison County Public Services by providing more manpower for the Madison County Fire Department along with a third fire station to better serve the county. The road department is in need of better equipment. Also, I would like to see that the people that put their lives on the line to help and protect others with better wages and equipment.

Should the county expand its jail? If so, in what way and how should that be financed?

If Madison County could expand the jail without raising our taxes. If we could get state and federal grants to help fund the project. I would be for it. I do not want to see the taxpayers have to burden the cost of expanding or building a jail.

Do you agree with current county planning codes and the level of enforcement? If not, how would you change them?

I agree with the codes, but there is always room for improvement.

With demand for ball fields and other uses of city parks rising along with many of their users being county residents, should the county provide more assistance for Richmond and Berea recreational facilities? Or should the county develop its own ball fields?

I feel the county should assist more with the city parks to help give more assistance to maintain the parks for our citizens. It does not matter if you are in Richmond or Berea we are still one county.

 

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