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Calhoun County Commission District 2

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    Patrick O'Donnell
    (Rep)

  • Carla Reynolds
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

Why do you want to serve, and why do you believe you are the best candidate to represent your district on the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners?

The current board and administration have continued the process to address poor road conditions in Calhoun County, including taking it under the oversight of a county department instead of that of the Road Commission. Do you think this strategy has been the most effective, and do you have any idea of how the county should manage the roads?

Townships have moved to impose special assessments or ask voters to pass road millages to fund repairs. Do you think this is a viable solution, or should the county take a larger role in helping pay for the work?

Are you satisfied with the oversight of county parks? Do you have ideas for how parks should be managed/developed?

What one part of county government would receive more attention if you were elected?

Do you plan to promote any changes to existing taxes? If so, why?

Professional Experience Battle Creek Parks and Recreation sports official for floor hockey, baseball and softball for 26 years VOLUNTEER/BOARD WORK: Boy Scouts; Pennfield Lacrosse; Battle Creek Cereal Festival; Battle Creek Metropolitan Area Moustache Society; Grace Community Church; youth
Political Experience Kellogg Community College board trustee since 2014; Also, precinct delegate.
Family Wife, Belinda; son, Jacob, and daughter, Emma,
Why serve? It is all about bring the service leadership to represent the citizens of Calhoun County. It is about We the people, who use county service services every day, to make sure that the services and funding is there. Services like for example county road service, sheriff department, and veterans affairs services. Also, I have served a Kellogg Community College Trustee for the last 2 years, I would bring my experience from working with higher education to the county commission board. This would highlight our local education resources. I want everyone to know that I am a strong believer of government at any level is still WE THE PEOPLE, and if elected I will keep to that promise.
The oversight of the County Road Department was a good plan for Calhoun County. I would like to keep it in place not only to help reduce the cost, but also helps get needed road projects moved up quicker to completion. The road problem in Calhoun County did not happen over night, it was years of neglect that got us to this point, and more stable oversight was definitely needed. Also, with working with Jackson County, by sharing management and man power, projects have been getting started and finished quickly.
Under current county policy the county matches local road work at 70% of the project total. This leaves the other 30% of the project funding up to the townships. With the economy the way it has been over the last few years residents have been moving out of our local townships, this has reduced the tax revenue. So, now to make up the funding for road improvements townships residents have to make a decision to raise the funds by increase in taxes to start projects sooner, or wait until there is enough funds collected to pay for repairs. With roads, delays in projects are never a good idea.
Yes, I am satisfied with the commission's oversight of the county parks. Examples of improvements to the parks are, the trail at Ott Biological Preserve and new enhancements at Bridge Park. I would now like to focus our attention to Kimball Pines Park, this park suffered major damage from a storm over 5 years ago. We have a great opportunity to redesign this park. One of my ideas are a county farmers market because we have a great amount of farm land in the county, and this would give another location to sell local goods and services. Other ideas I have is bring back the disc golf course and open a county dog park.
Every part of county government has an important part, lately it has been roads that have gotten the most attention. The one part of government that we need to start looking at is future innovations to the area. One thing not talked about is the development of driverless cars and flying drones. We have a great location between Chicago and Detroit, we need to get businesses to look at opening development sites in the county. The east side of the state especially Ann Arbor area has seen big growth because of the driverless car, lets bring that to Calhoun County. Also, we need to look into urban farming, and chickens for the area, to allow home grown products sold in the local market.
I see no plan in changing current taxes.
Professional Experience Insurance Agency Owner w/ Allstate for 28 years
Political Experience Running for my second term as a Calhoun County Commissioner for District # 2
Family Husband Timothy Reynolds married for 30 years son Brandon 27 and son Brock 25
> I wanted to serve on the Calhoun County Board to be a voice for my district and our county. I think that I am the best candidate for my district because I am approachable, easy to reach, visible, easy to talk to and able to answer or assist with any county issues that come up in my district. If there is something I am not sure of, I will make it my business to find out the answer or direct individual/group to the appropriate contact. I have been a resident of Battle Creek since 1986, owned/ operated my own Allstate Insurance Agency for 28 years and a Tour guide for the Kellogg Co. as a college business student at WMU. I received a Bachelor of Business Administration/ minor in Marketing
I feel that we have gotten a pretty good handle on our road situation especially over the past two years. We have collaborated with Jackson County which helps with funding of road projects and salary of our Managing Director Christopher Bolts. We have revamped our management and supervisor's leadership team and holding everyone accountable for their positions and work ethic. We also purchased trucks and equipment to help out w/ timely and weather related issues that may occur. The road commission have monthly meetings the 3rd Thursday of the month to discuss issues they face in their townships. This is helping with communication of road department and our Township Supervisors.
As far as the impose special assessments and road mileages, I fill that the County Board and our Administration does a great job in overseeing the funding from Mdot, the State of Michigan, the Revenue sharing of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawtomi, Native American Tribe. We continue to ask, research, and collaborate for funding. I feel strongly about keeping our roads safe for our families in Calhoun County and those of travel through our county.
Yes, I am happy with the oversight and family participation in our county parks. Ingrid Ault, who is over our County parks does a fine job in getting our students, parents, families and groups out for events to our parks. Our Board of Park/Recreation does a great job overseeing the parks as well. We have had things stolen, vandalism, and graffiti that had to be taken care of unfortunately that was taken care immediately for safety reasons. We have beautiful parks that we should be proud of as a county.
I would have to say that our roads are the most important at this particular time due to the lack of equipment and staffing in the past. Our families, parents, student, friends, Sheriff and Police enforcement, Fire Fighters, Ambulances, school buses all travel on these roads. I again believe in keeping our county safe.
I do not plan to promote any changes to the exiting taxes.

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