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Help Re-elect Burlington Councilman Harold Owen for a Second Term.

Throughout my first term as Burlington City Councilman, I learned the following lessons and discovered opportunities for improvements. 

·         With the hardship experienced by our citizens as a result of the pandemic, I have realized it is essential that partnerships are formed and maintained between city, county, state and federal agencies to meet the needs of our citizens.

·         Supported the creation and approval of the Burlington Unified Development Ordinance resulting in simplification of development regulations and providing options for future development.

·         Due to our growing population, we need to consider expanding the number of elected council members.   

·         Because communication may be the most important life skill enabling us to pass information to others, we need to ensure the city staff includes multi lingual employees to assist our diverse population.

 

 

 

Every community regardless of size faces challenges, no different than all of us as individuals.  Partnerships are required to effectively deal with these challenges.  Partnerships are required first with our citizens whether it’s on broad policy creation such as a Unified Development Code to a neighborhood concern about traffic control to an individual concern as storm water drainage.  It is the same principal in the business development community regardless if it involves the recruitment of an innovative international business such as Honda Aero, to the retention of Labcorp’s footprint, to the development of a small family owned local business.  Any business interest is important if we want our City to draw new residents, increase tax base and offer amenities which attract both the young family and support desires of current residents.

Throughout my first term as Burlington City Councilman, I learned the following lessons and discovered opportunities for improvements. 

·         With the hardship experienced by our citizens as a result of the pandemic, I have realized it is essential that partnerships are formed and maintained between city, county, state and federal agencies to meet the needs of our citizens.

·         Supported the creation and approval of the Burlington Unified Development Ordinance resulting in simplification of development regulations and providing options for future development.

·         Due to our growing population, we need to consider expanding the number of elected council members.   

·         Because communication may be the most important life skill enabling us to pass information to others, we need to ensure the city staff includes multi lingual employees to assist our diverse population. 

       Every community regardless of size faces challenges, no different than all of us as individuals.  Partnerships are required to effectively deal with these challenges.  Partnerships are required first with our citizens whether it’s on broad policy creation such as a Unified Development Code to a neighborhood concern about traffic control to an individual concern as storm water drainage.  It is the same principal in the business development community regardless if it involves the recruitment of an innovative international business such as Honda Aero, to the retention of Labcorp’s footprint, to the development of a small family owned local business.  Any business interest is important if we want our City to draw new residents, increase tax base and offer amenities which attract both the young family and support desires of current residents.

Five areas of opportunities:

·         Quality of Life

·         Economic Development

·         Public Safety

·         Strengthening Neighborhoods

·         Fiscal Responsibility of City Government

 

Burlington has a bright future!  Throughout the city’s 128 year history our community leaders, communities and citizens have rose to the challenges.  To succeed in improving in these areas of opportunity, we must work together as a community.