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February 4, 2014

Parker seeks D-1 Limestone commission seat

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ATHENS —

Agenda

Parker shared the four-point plan he would try to implement, if elected:

• Improve road and roadside repairs. After researching the matter, Parker said he believes the county could make more lasting road repairs, such as cutting potholes square before filling them and other longer-lasting, cost-effective repairs. The key, he said, is acquiring the state and federal grants needed to make these projects happen. He also believes the county could do a better job of keeping roadsides cut;

• Improve communication. Specifically, he said he has created a Facebook page for residents to report a problem or make a suggestion any time of day or on weekends;

• Curb wasteful spending. He believes the county could do this by making better choices, particularly with regards to property and renovations;

• Recruit business. Parker said he would work with the commission chairman and fellow commissioners to try to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses.

Expect more

If he could get one message across to voters, Parker said he would ask them to raise their expectations.

“Commissioners are responsible for the roads, but economic growth and budget control play a huge role, too,” he said, noting the commission has a yearly budget of more than $30 million.

“I think the people should expect more from their commissioner,” he said.

Parker said, in some ways, he would like the county to run more like a business.

“Our county needs to bring in economic development that can make our county the way we want it to be,” he said. “The more money we bring in, the more money we are allowed to budget and spend to make our lives a little better.”

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