Riley Township Clerk, 4-year term

Riley Township Clerk, 4-year term, vote for 1

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  • Lisa S. Powell

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Biographical Information

What makes you more qualified than other candidates for this office?

Do you support raising taxes as a way to pay for road improvements? Yes or no, please explain.

Are you comfortable with the structure and scope of local government? Yes or no, please explain.

Related to government structure, what would you change?

What are the three most important issues facing the city/township and how would you address them?

As property tax revenue and state aid decline, is it appropriate for the county to assume a larger role in providing services to city/township residents? Yes or no, please explain.

What city services do you consider most vital?

What city/township services are least vital and can be trimmed to lower expenses?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? Yes or no. If no, please explain.

Hometown DeWitt, MI
Education MBA in Healthcare Administration
Family Husband Terrance Three children Colton (15), Olivia (14) and Dillon (10)
Professional Experience Administrative experience with a focus on organizational improvement, Secretary of the Michigan Association for Medical Education, Senior Examiner for the Michigan Performance Excellence Program, member of the American College of Healthcare Executives
Political Experience 14 years as Township Clerk
I have extensive experience as township clerk, as well as the desire to continue to learn. Policies, regulations, and laws change frequently (especially in elections) so it is imperative with this role to be adaptable to meet the requirements. It is a position that requires constant learning and improving of the way in which we administer local government.
I feel that the first and foremost obligation to our constituents is to assure that government is being fiscally responsible with the money that has already been allocated to maintain and improve our roads. Infrastructure is vital and costly, but can't be financed solely on the platform of additional funding from taxpayers every few years. There are many mechanisms in place to support roads yet that is not the only manner in which the funding is used, which is frustrating to many.
I am comfortable with the structure of local government. I feel that the township board members are very close to the people that they serve and have their best interests in mind. We aren't representing strangers at the township level, we are responsible to our family, friends, and neighbors for the consequences of the decisions that are made so we never take a vote lightly. I remain in Riley Township because it was a great place to be raised, and I am giving the same to my children. I hope to be able to preserve that for future generations through my work on the board.
I would push to continue to preserve the concept of township government. There are those who believe that township government is dated and no longer necessary and I believe just the opposite. Retaining the local ability to regulate our community and the use of the funds that the taxpayers entrust is with is vital to continued success.
Funding is always something we keep a close eye on. We plan carefully to assure that we are financially sound and can sustain the level of service that our residents expect and deserve. Infrastructure: Our roads and bridges are vital to having a nice community, the board has an aggressive maintenance program for our gravel roads and I feel it is important to maintain that effort. Fire/EMS services: the safety of the people in the community is of utmost importance. We continue to work closely with the DAESA to assure acceptable response times, adequate resources, and support of expanding personnel.
I am always open to collaboration if it provides improved services at a cost savings to the residents of the township. It is important when consolidating services that the provider understand our unique needs due to our rural location, as well as consider us equally as important to larger entities that they may serve.
Fire and EMS; Infrastructure (Road and Bridge)
We have trimmed a lot over the years and work hard to eliminate non-essential expenses as well as keep costs of essential services to a minimum. We rely a lot on the good nature of our residents, who frequently volunteer or discount their services for the township. The township has been extremely responsible with funds over the years, which is why we were able to pay off the township hall in less than 5 years, as well as provide a new fire station in the township.