Ward 1 Run-off Candidates Answer Questions

» Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Activities

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Ms. Sims and Mr. Greiner provided us with answers before the primary election and those were posted at that time. Following the primary election we received responses to the Friends of Lake Hefner questionnaire from Mr. Marrs so the following are the questions and answers of the two candidates who will be in the April 2nd voting.

Oklahoma City Ward 1 encompasses about 60 square miles on the West and Northwest side of our city ad it includes the South and West sides of Lake Hefner as well as all of Lake Overholser and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.

As a non-profit organization Friends of Lake Hefner cannot endorse a particular candidate but we can supply information and urge you, the citizens of Ward 1 in Oklahoma City, to avail yourself of all information then go to the polls and cast your votes for the person you think will best represent your ideals on the City Council.

Are you aware of the Lake Hefner Recreation Master Plan?

James Greiner:

No, but I have started reading it, and it is very informative.

Gary Marrs:

Yes – I am aware of the Master Plan and I do support it.

If yes, do you support the Lake Hefner Recreation Master Plan?

James Greiner:

So far I like what I am reading.

Gary Marrs:

Yes – I am aware of the Master Plan and I do support it.

There is a verbal agreement in place with the Oklahoma City Water Trust to stop additional commercial developments on the Lake Hefner Reservation. Do you support the current verbal agreement and would you honor it in the future as Ward 1 Council Person?

James Greiner:

I would.

Gary Marrs:

Yes – I do support the verbal agreement re: commercial developments around the Lake

Mayor (Judge) Hefner, when he envisioned this lake project, had people selling bonds door-to-door in Oklahoma City telling citizens he wanted to build a water supply reservoir and a great park where the “boys” could come home from World War Two and have a place to take their families for outdoor recreation. Although Lake Hefner was built primarily as a water supply reservoir, do you support the recreational aspects of the lake’s waters and reservation?

James Greiner:

Yes.

Gary Marrs:

Yes – I do support the recreational aspects of the lake – I believe it has become one of the most used areas for the families of OKC

What are the three most important reasons that make you the best candidate to be the Ward 1 Council Person?

James Greiner:

1. I have leadership experience in the private sector.
2. I have core principles that I believe in and will stand firm on those,
but I will be open to other ideas and be respectful to people with
differing views.
3. I will listen and respond to the residents of Ward 1.

Gary Marrs:
See below (Ed.)

What are the three most important things that you have done specifically for Ward 1 or would propose to do specifically for Ward 1?

James Greiner:

1. Address the problem of vacant and dilapidated properties to keep the surrounding property values up.
2. Refocus attention to the streets surrounding our neighborhoods because that is the number one complaint that I have heard.
3. Attend as many neighborhood association meetings as I can to stay in touch with each neighborhood’s issues.

Gary Marrs:
See below (Ed.)

What are the three most important issues, policies, or projects you would support, propose, or change for Oklahoma City as a whole? In other words, what would be your three highest priorities as Ward 1 Council Person on the Oklahoma City Council?

James Greiner:

1. Term Limits for the council members and mayor and/or increasing the number of wards, so the council members can better represent their constituents. Spreading out power is usually a good idea in government.
2. Adding a taxpayer protection to the city charter because currently there are very few limits on how the city council can tax us.
3. Being the limited government voice on the city council. I don’t think that view is represented well, and I would try and do that.

Gary Marrs:

1. I want to continue the emphasis on the infrastructure needs of Ward 1. We have a number of paving/widening projects that were included in the 2007 Bond Proposal already completed and have more about to be started. I also want to make sure we utilize the paving dollars we allocate each year from the yearly operating funds to the most needed areas in Ward 1. I will continue to push for more projects to help with our backlog of street repairs. I also want to make sure the other things our citizens have voted for continue to be finished on time and in budget (MAPS 3, MAPS for Kids, etc…)

2. I will continue to put emphasis on Public Safety. As you can imagine with my background it is something I care deeply about and will continue to push for the funds to meet the needs of Police and Fire in Ward 1 and throughout the City.

3. I believe we need to continue to do the things that make our City a place that our young people want to stay in and attracts new people who become taxpayers to help with the ever increasing cost of providing the services our citizens deserve. Our quality of life improvements and economic development efforts have shown great success so far and I believe we need to continue our efforts.