If elected Christine pledges to:
- Transform how local government communicates with residents
- Propose development of a 10 year strategic plan - in partnership with residents and the small business community – to appropriately prioritize local government spending
- Advocate for pedestrian safety and create safe biking routes for families
- Focus on re-investing resources to address the health, both physical and mental, of our residents
Transform how local government communicates with residents
The decline of local newspaper coverage has made it difficult for residents to stay informed on what is being discussed at the local government level.
Our local government could adopt the following changes to increase transparency:
- Livestream meetings, starting with Town Council meetings
- Ensure every volunteer committee meeting is created as an event on social media platforms and promoted
- Move the start times for Town Council and volunteer meetings later (7:30 or 8 pm)
- Create opt-in email and text messaging service to send out meeting agendas and minutes to encourage participation
- Taking a best practice from the Verona Schools: create a “Friday Folder” email for town communications, including meeting and event communication
- Host Verona Government 101 sessions for residents to provide overview of how our government is structured and the committees that set policy and impact development. Partner with existing civic clubs and organizations to host sessions for new residents
- Create a new process for the the recruitment for volunteer committee positions to ensure that all residents are aware of local government volunteer opportunities, to ensure a diversity of voices. Reform committee appointment process to include interviewing all committee appointment applicants
As part of this effort, we also need to broaden how residents can participate and provide input on local government initiatives. Our local government could adopt the following ideas to ensure a continuous flow of feedback on how local government is operating.
- Hold town hall listening sessions on the weekends to listen to issues raised by residents
Conduct regular town-wide surveys to get feedback on:
- Recreation classes
- Downtown business district
- Traffic and pedestrian safety
- Garbage, recycling, and environmentally sustainable initiatives
- Ensure all committees have an email address where residents can send feedback directly
- Develop a process by which resident feedback is solicited before capital improvement projects, such as playground re-designs
As a councilperson, Christine is committed to transparency, and will hold regular office hours – both in person and virtual - at times that are convenient for residents
Propose development of a 10 year strategic plan - in partnership with residents and the small business community – to appropriately prioritize local government spending
Resources are limited. Verona’s local government needs to create a long-term strategy to prioritize how tax dollars should be invested over the next several years.
- Launch town-wide effort to create a 10-year strategic plan for our community. Ensure robust resident and business community input and participation
- Map our known and anticipated infrastructure projects and develop a path for paying for these projects. Anticipated projects include re-turfing fields, potential replacement of Fire House #2 and Rescue Squad, and sewer plant upgrades
- With the Board of Education, settle on appropriate split of PILOT monies between municipality and school board
Advocate for pedestrian safety and create safe biking routes for families
Residents are looking for demonstrated improvement in pedestrian safety, especially speeding on local residential streets. We need to amplify the progress made on this issue by our local police department and ensure that residents know where to voice their concerns.
- Advertise existing Neighborhood Traffic and Safety committee meetings through parent channels (Verona Schools and preschools)
- Develop a communications strategy highlighting what Verona Police and local government are already doing to address speeding and the results of speed studies around Verona
- In collaboration with the Traffic and Safety and Environmental Committee, create a working group of volunteers to brainstorm ideas and solutions to improve bike safety
- Work with the county to develop safe biking options in Verona Park
Focus on re-investing resources to address the health, both physical and mental, of our residents
Local government needs to ensure that we are investing appropriately in the health of our residents.
- Bring together key stakeholders for the health and wellness of Verona residents (e.g., doctors, faith leaders, school officials, and local police) to discuss gaps in local government’s approach and opportunities for improvement
- Review existing programs Verona could tap into at the County, State, and National level, especially in the area of mental health
- Evaluate how local government resources should be spent to improve the health of its residents