Tell us about yourself
My family history or Marlboro goes all the way back to the Barnes most specifically Marion Barnes who was born in Marlboro in 1871. Now mind you the history goes back much further, but I’m keeping things light. Our family consists of Daltons, Corbett, Barnes, Standish, Bigelow, Aftuck, Dombrowski, Tatro and more. Currently I’m building a new project called shopmarlboroughfirst.com but most of the time I spend between the new library, the Walker building, Options Clubhouse and the Recovery Center. My days are jam packed with different people, different discoveries, and different projects.
What are the biggest issues facing the city?
There are lots of things, sit down with a senior and lend your ear. Or make time to listen to our homeless population and first and foremost our veterans. I. Could write many things but I’m pretty sure my neighbors are already Aware, plus I’d most likely leave a couple of things out And ask to go back And add them later.
As a city councilor, how would you approach issues regarding traffic, public safety and speeding?
If your going to open a road don’t open it until you’ve got everything that needs to go under the road ready to be Added or ready to be repaired. There would be less speeding and traffic if the whole plan was carried forth rather then opening the road over and over again. Public safety in what sense? Asking about public safety in between traffic & speeding is awkward.
Do you think the city is on the right track in relation to residential and commercial development?
Philanthropy can be amazing if it satisfies the whole and not the few. A lot of those businesses on Main Street got pushed out so the Buildings could be remodeled. Plus, I’m a walker. I wonder what Great Grandma Marion Barnes would say if she visited us from 1871.
A series of zoning changes were vetoed by Mayor Arthur Vigeant earlier this year. Now, there are proposed changes in the Village District’s zoning. How would these changes improve the district?
I don’t know.
Currently, there are several vacancies on Main Street, in addition to the vacant lot next to Welly’s. As a councilor, how would you support downtown revitalization?
Fix the leaks and set up a better water run off system.
What skills and experience do you have to prepare you to be a member of the city council?
I’ve been here and have seen what works, what doesn’t work and I take the time to listen. My accounting and finance business management degree along with marketing and computers may stand a chance being utilized. I’ve got an in with the. Churches and places to find shelter something to eat! Who wants to help me create and utilize our website shopmarlboroughfirst.com? (You can consider this a request)