Melrose City Council — Q&A

Jewell Hill

Q Why are you seeking this office?

A I have close family ties with Melrose, a community that I love; and I want to continue to be of service, and to continue the work the mayor and council have been doing to make improvements.

Q What do you believe are the major issues facing Melrose in the next four years?

A Improving the infrastructure, including water and sewer improvements, as well as street improvements; and helping to make Melrose a safe and desirable community in which to live. We have a water project in progress at this time to replace cast-iron water lines, which will be very beneficial to many residents and businesses.

Q What goals have you set to accomplish if elected, and what will you do to see they are accomplished?

A I wish to continue bringing the annual health fair to Melrose; to see the water improvements project brought to completion; to help to meet the needs of our residents; to make sure we have clean, safe water; and to see growth. These goals are accomplished by the efforts of the Village Council working together and working on funding for needs that arise.

Q What are your plans for improving recreational facilities for citizens of Melrose?

A We have a lovely park, and I would like to see expansion on that, especially for our youth. A new, small park is being developed on Main Street, with the input and work of volunteers.

 

H.P. Cargile

Q Why are you seeking this office?

A Melrose is a great place to raise a family. I want to serve and give back to this community.

Q What do you believe are the major issues facing Melrose in the next four years?

A To continue the water projects and replacing the old water main lines, lack of economic growth, lack of police visibility.

Q What goals have you set to accomplish if elected, and what will you do to see they are accomplished?

A In speaking with constituents these are some of the concern they have voiced and I would like to accomplish. The following items stated need to be brought forth to the council. As a council member I plan to work with the other council members as a team in order to complete these tasks: Continue repair of old water lines, develop economic growth, Main Street revitalization, clean up neighborhoods, police presence and playground equipment.

Q What are your plans for improving recreational facilities for citizens of Melrose?

A Currently seeking support for a park where the old water tower sat at Center and Main streets. This will be called the WPA Family Park. The fence around this park was built during the Great Depression in the 1930s. This location was the original site where Old-Timers’ Day started. To look at opportunities with the parks we currently have and revitalize those areas. To listen to my constituents on what they would like in recreational facilities.

 

Ronald Moore

Q Why are you seeking this office?

A I am seeking the seat of councilman of Melrose to give fresh eyes to the problems of our small village. I have lived here for 14 years and have seen little change in our village. There are empty houses on almost every block and we need something to encourage people to want to live here, whether it is senior citizens or people with families. We have a fabulous Senior Center and a basic school system, but we need to promote them.

Q What do you believe are the major issues facing Melrose in the next four years?

A The most important issue is acquiring the necessary funding to promote economic growth for Melrose. I realize that there is funding available to assist in these projects, but it is necessary to have the time and interest to research and develop these grants and various types of funding. Small towns have to rely on grants to do developments necessary to keep our towns alive and thriving.

Q What goals have you set to accomplish if elected, and what will you do to see they are accomplished?

A I would like to assist in writing grants to promote our town and acquire funding to improve Melrose.

Q What are your plans for improving recreational facilities for citizens of Melrose?

A To me the most important thing I can see at the moment is we need playground equipment at the park along the highway that runs through Melrose. It would also be nice if we had a splash park at the old swimming pool that has been filled in with dirt. When my grandchildren come to visit, there is very little for them to do here.

 

Darrell Bostwick

Q Why are you seeking this office?

A There are some things that I have worked on over the past several years that I want to see moved forward, including the Ute Water Project and infrastructure mainly in the water system in Melrose and streets.

Q What do you believe are the major issues facing Melrose in the next four years?

A Replacing old metal water systems, metal pipes that have been in the ground since 1926 that are corroded and rusted to the point of giving away at anytime and seeking funds for various projects in the village.

Q What goals have you set to accomplish if elected, and what will you do to see they are accomplished?

A My goals are stated in the answers in the first two answers. To accomplish these I will seek state and federal funding to see these completed.

Q What are your plans for improving recreational facilities for citizens of Melrose?

A As issues arise, if funding is available, see that they are put into place.