The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Election 2012

August 19, 2012

Election 2012: Athens City Council District 5 – Q&A with Brian Terry

Name: Brian K. Terry

Age: 44

Occupation: Design drafting teacher at Limestone Career Technical Center; design drafting dual enrollment teacher Calhoun Community College/Career Technical Center.

Education: John C. Calhoun Community College, design drafting technology; Athens State College, career technical education; University of North Alabama, municipal planning and zoning certification.

Previous political experience: City Council member, Athens Planning Commission, Alabama Association of Career Technical Education State Legislative Committee team leader, Limestone County Career Technical Association Political Action Committee and a previous member of the Alabama League of Municipalities Urban Economic Development Committee. Additionally, I have worked with Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, the Resource Conservation and Development Council and our state and federal legislative members on educational issues and industrial projects that have benefited our community.

Community involvement: SkillsUSA student advisor, FIRST Robotics Team mentor, member of the Alabama Cattleman’s Association, member of the National Trust of Historic Preservation, treasurer of Limestone County Education Association, coached Dixie Youth baseball and softball, work with the Athens-Limestone Homebuilder’s Association and The News Courier on the annual Parade of Homes publication, providing drawings for the future expansion of the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, worked with the Athens Lions Club in providing drawings for buildings/improvements at the Kiddie Carnival, volunteer with Hospice of Limestone County for the annual Chili Challenge and Camp Hope, , serve on the Calhoun Community College Design Drafting Advisory Council and have served on numerous local, state and federal educational committees. Recipient of the Limestone County Historical Society’s Donald Isom Preservation Award, Limestone County School System’s Teacher of the Year, SkillsUSA’s Advisor of the Year and the Dekko Foundation’s Teacher of Excellence Award.

Personal: Wife, Michelle Latimer Terry; two children, Tyler and Lauren, both graduates of Athens High School.



The News Courier: What is the biggest issue or issues facing District 5 and what specific plans do you have to address them?

Terry: Having an understanding of the citizens’ input from the campaign trail, I can identify three major issues of District 5: Improvements to the existing infrastructure, enforcement of the city’s litter and weed ordinance and the departure of commercial businesses. Due to an unstable economy, seeking funding for these projects may be challenging, but with dedication and persistence can be accomplished. Re-paving streets, repairing/expanding sidewalks and correcting drainage problems are annual projects that need to be prioritized in a one-, three-, five- and 10-year plan. Some of the infrastructure needs have been addressed in recent months, but the district will need a representative who will continually seek the funding and resources to address these issues. The enforcement procedures and a simplified enforcement schedule of the city’s litter and weed ordinance should be explored. Weeds, litter and debris are an eyesore and can lead to public health and safety hazards.  Together we will seek innovative ways to bring commercial business development back to this district. I pledge to work with the district’s citizens, business leaders, property owners, city departments, the mayor and the council to insure that these issues are not forgotten and receive adequate and fair attention.

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