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Readers' Views: Here's what I would do if I'm elected to council

Posted 10/22/13

 Editor,I would like to thank all the citizens of Middletown for their support during the May primary election. I must say it was greatly appreciated.Now we have to get back to work. I would like to lay out my platform for our town so that the …

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Readers' Views: Here's what I would do if I'm elected to council

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 Editor,

I would like to thank all the citizens of Middletown for their support during the May primary election. I must say it was greatly appreciated.

Now we have to get back to work. I would like to lay out my platform for our town so that the citizens of Middletown know what I will try to do for them if elected:


     • I will investigate further to find out what state are finances are in.


     • I will work to help the Middletown Public Library by finding ways to fund it so the citizens will continue to have access to all the services and programs that our library has to offer.


    • I agree that we should do everything we can to attract new businesses and support current businesses within the borough limits. My goal for this would be to create a committee of not only business owners but also the citizens of Middletown. We would have them come together to discuss what businesses they feel would increase the amount of consumer support in town.


     • As we are aware, there are numerous blighted properties within the borough. I would work with Dauphin County by applying for its new program called the Land Bank. This program would help us fund the removal of the dwelling and the ability to build new dwellings to increase the number of property owners. This will, in turn, increase our assets.


    • Another problem we have within the borough is absentee landlords whose buildings are in disrepair. I would institute a way to make these landlords provide a safe and habitable environment for our citizens to live.


   • The final issue I would like to address would be to change the transparency of the borough. I will make sure that citizens are informed about what is going on by way of social media, newsletters, personal visits and telephone calls. I want the citizens to know what’s going on within their town. I will make this promise: If the citizens have an issue that they need to solve, we will come together to find an answer. I will answer to the voter.


I have provided my telephone numbers for the citizens so that if they have concerns, questions and/or ideas, I will be more than willing to discuss it with them. My numbers: 717-944-5611 (home), 717-514-1323 (cell).

 
If you like the behavior and the secrecy of the current Middletown Borough Council that represents our town, then the answer is obvious. If you want a change and dedication to the citizens and our town, then elect the following candidates:


    • Rachelle Reid and Tom Handley, First Ward


    • Anne Einhorn and Ben Kapenstein, Second Ward


    • Marcia Cleland, Third Ward

                                                                                                                       Rachelle Reid

                                                                                                                       Middletown


(The writer is a Democratic candidate for Middletown Borough Council in the First Ward.)