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November 03, 1995 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-11-03

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Walled Lake/City Council - Vote for three. Four-year term.

The Candidates
On The questions

Please
provide
biographical
information.

Why are
you
running?

What do
you see as
some of the
key issues?

How do you
plan to
address
these
issues?

Rebecca
Williamson

William I.
Burke

Heather
Hill

Bachelor of arts from University of Michi-
gan; juris doctor from Detroit College of
Law. Served on Walled Lake City Council
since 1986. Veteran of World War II. Fam-
ily-owned real estate in Walled Lake since
1927. Active in the practice of law in Lin-
coln Park.

Dental instnictor for 25 years at OTC, for-
merly SWOUEC Dental Clinic, in con-
junction with Oakland Public Health.
Council member 1975-81,1987-present.
Mother of a 15-year-old son; Walled lake
resident for 28 years. Bachelor of science
degree from Madonna University; mem-
ber of Kappa Gamma Phi.

Linda
Ackley

, .

I have been a lifelong resident of Walled
Lake and graduated from Walled Lake
Western High School. I earned a bache-
lor of arts degree in political science and
economics from Albion College as well as
a master's in public administration from
Wayne State University.

I have a love and deep commitment to the
city of Walled Lake. My educational back-
ground and 16 years with the city can of-
fer guidance and continued progress in
the city.

For a city to survive in the current eco-
nomic times, we must continue road im-
provements and alleviate traffic
congestion; to keep the current businesses
in the community, we have to help the
businesses we have grow and encourage
new businesses and development.

I believe sound budget policies and inno-
vative financing can help Walled Lake con-
tinue to provide good services to its
people. If a positive image is presented,
growth will continue in Walled Lake, thus
increasing the tax base and allowing the
city to grow and be financially sound. Traf-
fic improvements have been ongoing with
the Pontiac Trail improvements and the
future expansion of Maple Road. The cit-
izens must continue to have a council with
a positive attitude and concern to do what
is right for Walled Lake. I feel I am that
type of person.

I feel that my past experience in city gov-
ernment gives me insight on city problems.
I would like to see 15 Mile Road extension
completed and further expansion of the
business district.

At present, transportation will have to be
provided for the community. Cost will ne-
cessitate a program involving neighboring
communities.

Meetings with the neighboring communi-
ties to discuss costs and types of services
that are needed for citizens who need
transportation.

For the last several years, I have been able
to see my interests and promises to the
citizens come to pass. The city still has
more to do and I want to continue these
projects to the end.

Watch-dog the people's money, making
sure it is spent in the right places, such
as the fire department. Transportation is
a major concern for those who do not
have a car at their disposal. As Wailed Lake
grows, the parking problem continues to
mount, especially in the old downtown
area.

I will continue to do what I have been do-
ing which is fighting an uphill battle in our
spending. Looking at other transporta-
tion companies and what they have to of-
fer or encouraging privatization.
Downtown Walled Lake has made some
major changes, as has all of Walled Lake.
We must invest in parking so our busi-
ness community can continue to pros-
per. It would not be an impossible taskto
privatize this item as well.

Lifetime resident of Walled Lake. 1978
graduate of Walled Lake Western High
School. Attended Oakland Community
College/Michigan State University. Real-
tor-Max Broock Inc. in West Bloomfield.
Michigan Association of Realtors, politi-
cal involvement and public policy com-
mittees; chairperson for local association
(WWOCAR) political affairs committee—
member since 1988. 1994 Realtors polit-
ical action committee fund-raising chair.
City of Walled Lake Council 1989-1993;
City of Walled Lake Zoning Board of Ap-
peals and Downtown Development Au-
thority; 1988 City of Walled Lake Building
Authority; Chamber of Commerce Mem-
ber since 1991.

It is time for me to again be involved in the
political arena in Walled Lake. Walled Lake
is my hometown and I am excited about
the opportunity to return to the council to
finish the work that was started during my
first term. Remaining active on the ZBA
and DDA have kept me in tune with the
city's progress in improving our down-
town area and
improving the
access and
road situation
within the city.
Community
service has al-
ways been a
strong priority
for me.

To improve
the ability to redevelop existing com-
mercial and industrial building to improve
streetscape, create jobs, and increase tax
base by utilizing unproductive real es-
tate. To create a positive environment for
developers by examining closely, and re-
vising where necessary, current zoning
ordinances that have the ability to deal
effectively with the many non-conform-
ing sites we currently have. To make
Walled Lake a "walkable" community and
improve parking access. To make Walled
Lake a "user-friendly city." Utilize the op-
portunity to apply for county, state and
federal funding whenever available to re-
duce tax burden to residents.

The city is considering creating a Com-
mercial Planning Development way of
zoning to make it easier for new investors
to work with existing nonconforming
parcels. Continued improvement of the
site plan review process. The city is look-
ing at additional parking near downtown
and at the cooperation of businesses ad-
jacent to each other in the sharing of
available parking. The completion of the
Maple Road extension will add great re-
lief to the flow of traffic into the city. Work
with county and surrounding communi-
ties; vigorously continue the marketing
plan developed.by Hyatt Palma; encour-
age staff to make themselves aware of
all grants available.

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