The Union Recorder

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October 31, 2013

GC forum welcomes city candidates

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

“I think that's what makes me effective in being able to serve this community, in being able to listen, engage the community and being able to lead,” Chambers said.

The incumbent said Milledgeville has taken steps toward environmentally-friendly concepts.

Chambers listed the Oconee River Greenway and a Bicycle Friendly Community push. Students and citizens choosing a bike to get downtown could erase parking problems.

“I think that's another way to cut down on the congestion that we have as far as cars are concerned,” he said. “Let's have people park a few blocks away and actually walk.”

Chambers said plans for a bike lane from the Greene Street entrance to the greenway and Central City Park are developing.

Also, the current councilman said illuminated pedestrian crosswalks could make traversing downtown safer.

• Andrew Strickland (District 6 challenger)

The District 6 challenger entered the race because he “thinks we can do better.” 

“I think most of the people who sit on City Council have been there for many years, and what we lack is a plan,” Strickland said. “I think we need to more strongly embrace the college population here. I think we need to reform business regulations and code so that businesses can open without the burden of the blessing of government.”

Strickland said better practices could balance the budget without taking from the water and sewer fund, resulting in an extra $12 million in savings over four years.

“That's the kind of vision we need, and that's the plan I'm going to work on,” he said.

Strickland said his top objective is fixing infrastructure problems like poor road and sidewalk conditions. 

• Mayor Richard Bentley (incumbent)

The current mayor said Milledgeville is well managed with a reserve for the first time.

“We do much better than some of our peer cities,” Bentley said. “We'll continue to make opportunities for young professionals but also take care of those existing industries we have.”

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