Monitor government spending and policies.
Discuss Southern Nevada Strong's plan to bring higher density housing, apartments and light rail to our suburban city.
Henderson is a beautiful suburb, and I love my neighborhood. I married my high school sweetheart 12 years ago and we have 3 beautiful children together. We bought our first home in Henderson 8 years ago and still live there today.
I own a small parking lot maintenance business and understand asphalt conditions. I have an Associate's Degree in land surveying, and know planning and zoning regulations. I believe citizens should carefully monitor their government, especially the one closest to them. A few years ago, I began following City Council meetings. Monitoring government is the duty of all citizens. If we sleep on our rights, we will lose our freedoms.
I observe that City Council appears to make their decisions before the meeting begins. 99.9% of the votes are unanimous. At first, I thought they just needed to hear someone else's opinion. There was very little or no comment on most of the agenda items for the meeting. I began doing in-depth research on a few matters each month, and spoke up many times at Council meetings over the past 2 years. I feel like my words fell on deaf ears.
I have learned that Henderson is increasing housing densities, so more apartments can be built. I like our quiet, low crime, suburban community. I don't think they need to change the comprehensive plan, and replace it with the new one, called Henderson Strong.
Our city needs to quit awarding contracts to friends. Millions of dollars have been spent on no-bid contracts. In February 2017, a $10M contract to redo one mile worth of utilities and streets in Downtown Henderson was awarded without a bidding process.
Council members are all very nice, likable people, especially Debra March. When I disagree, I do it respectfully. Council needs to hear public input during the Council meeting.
Many people have appreciated that I make valid points, but many have also told me that speaking up at meetings is a waste of time. I'm only one voice. Decisions are made at other times, and the City Council meeting is just a formality. People are afraid to speak out against anything, for fear of losing their jobs. I'd like to see that change.
Promoting respectful, diverse ideas at City Council meetings
will make Henderson a strong, prosperous, vibrant community.