In its Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 editions, The Press published its Voters’ Guide for the November 8 General Election that included candidate profiles in Northwood and Oregon. In the Oct. 24 edition of The Press, Oregon city council and school board candidates answered a series of questions posed by The Press regarding issues facing the community. The Voters’ Guide published seven of eight Oregon city council candidates’ answers to the questions. The answers of Mike Sheehy, an incumbent councilman who is also president of council, were accidentally omitted. The Press regrets the error. Here are Sheehy’s answers to the questions:
Name one of the biggest issues facing Oregon and how would you address it on council?
Sheehy: Maintaining the level of service provided by police, fire, roads, water, storm drainage, refuse pickup and recreation for all ages within an ever decreasing revenue stream.
A group of Oregon residents, many of whom are disabled, has asked city officials to install sidewalks on Navarre Ave. between Coy and Lallendorf roads to improve pedestrian safety. Should the city help get sidewalks installed?
Blue-green algae blooms, which produce harmful toxins that foul beaches, sicken people and poison and kill pets, fish and other wildlife, continue to threaten Lake Erie, which has a $10 billion a year fishing and tourism industry. What role do you believe Oregon should play in addressing this problem?
Sheehy: There should be a more aggressive role in forcing governmental agencies to stop industrial and agricultural pollution of the Great Lakes and streams and rivers.
Offer one idea you think would attract new business to Oregon?
Sheehy: Keep taxes low and municipal services functioning.
If you were limited to a single term on council and could accomplish just one thing, what would it be?
Sheehy: Give continued support to ongoing programs which require continued support. Better roads, increased storm drainage, safe neighborhoods, responsive fire protection and fostering a clean environment, of which businesses will want to be a part.