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Willis seeks City Council at-large seat

on Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Posted in News, Local News

Willis seeks City Council at-large seat
GLENN WILLIS

Former City Councilman Glenn Willis announced Monday that he is seeking election to Florence City Council and intends to file this month to run for one of two at-large seats in the June 14 Democrat primary. If elected, Willis promises to concentrate on constituent service, economic development, quality of life issues and infrastructure needs. He will also focus on bringing the voice of our city’s neighborhoods to council by continuing to be the people’s councilman. “The safety of our citizens and their quality of life is of high importance to me and I pledge to work with our police and fire departments to understand their needs to continue to improve public safety,” he said.

“This also includes improving and expanding our city’s community action team’s public safety program. This program has been highly successful in reducing crime in neighborhoods with an overall goal that all city residents feel safe in their homes and in their neighborhoods. “I will work with both our Council and County Council to address uniform zoning regulations where possible, to make gateway esthetic improvements, and to amend our ordinances to encourage remodeling of historic structures.

My former city/county Planning Commission experience will assist me in understanding these issues and possible available solutions with government working together. “I also pledge to work with our state legislative delegation to successfully communicate our city’s needs such as funding for the repaving of our streets and other transportation needs as most streets in the city belong to the SCDOT. Many of our streets need re-paving now, thus I will also work with those locally that are involved in reviewing and scheduling street re-paving priorities.

Road maintenance is a continuing issue throughout our state and for our city. It continues to be an essential infrastructure improvement priority challenge for city government.” Willis added that much is occurring in the downtown area and more excitement is yet to come. “I also want us to take this energy and investment all over our city to bring living wage jobs and opportunities to our people. An important part of successful economic development in a city is continuing to refine the way that city government works with developers and contractors in both the planning and the construction process.

It is important for the city to be a community partner during the complete economic development process,” he said. “In fact, I am particularly pleased that I was successful in helping expand our city’s tax base while previously serving on city council by working directly with developers and contractors. My previous endeavors continue to this day to expand our commercial tax base.” Improving our inner city residential neighborhoods, expanding our walking trails and pedestrian accesses are also of high importance to him. He also pledges to work with council and city staff to improve city parks’ resources which includes improving and expanding access for children with special needs.

These future park improvements are near and dear to me to see accomplished, he added. Willis looks forward to visiting with citizens and listening to their recommendations to improve their overall quality of life and to receiving any other ideas that may assist council in moving the city and citizens forward together. “I believe that my best work is done by working hands-on with citizens throughout the city as I passionately believe in the future of our city and its people. Getting back to work for the citizens of Florence is an honor and privilege and I look forward to doing so in November.”

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