Waveland City Government

Monday, September 18, 2006

Ricky Geoffrey's answers

1. What do you think are the three most important issues now facing the city of Waveland? Please list by priority.

The most important issue, in my opinion, facing us right now is rebuilding Waveland bigger and better than before. We need to encourage more businesses and homeowners to return, as well as new businesses. I feel it is very important also for the elected officials as well as appointed employees, other city employees (including police, fire, and public works departments), not to mention the people we all serve here in Waveland, to learn how to work together so the rebuilding will go as smoothly and successful as possible. Another very important issue is the sewage and drainage. I know this has been a sore subject for a lot of people. We tried to solve this problem before Katrina ever hit. I feel because of Katrina we now have an opportunity to take advantage of funds that would not have been available to us. It is my sincere hope that we can finally solve these problems for all of Waveland.

2. What role, if any, do you see “Smart Code” playing in our future development?

Any plan that will make our Waveland residents safer is worth studying.

3. How do you feel about the vision of Waveland that came out of the recent planning "charrette” sponsored by the Governor’s Commission. What actions, if any, should the city take to implement the plans?

I feel all options available to us should be looked at and taken into consideration especially if it is to make the citizens safer. Also, of lesser importance, if it is cost effective.

4. How do you stand in regards to the proposed marina at the foot of Coleman Avenue and why?

Before hurricane Katrina there was debate on a marina at Coleman Avenue. I feel the same now as I did then. I polled quite a few people on the subject. Most were against it. I feel the people of Waveland should have the final say.

5. Should current single-family zoning along the beach be changed to allow more high-density development? Why or why not?

Although condos would bring in more people and hence more revenue I personally feel it would take away the city’s natural charm. But again this is something all Waveland residents should be allowed to vote on.

6. What impact do you feel that the County’s plans for a major resort district adjacent to Waveland would have on the community?

Sorry to repeat myself, but I have the same basic answer as the last question.

7. The officials of Bay St. Louis and Hancock County are currently making efforts to coordinate comprehensive plans. Would you lend support to Waveland joining the effort? Why or why not?

I would consider joining any effort if I felt it would help our Waveland residents.

8. There has been exploration by the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland in regards to combining the two city’s governments (or at least some services) to save money. How do you feel about such proposals? What services or departments, if any, do you think might benefit from such cooperation?

I personally have always felt like Waveland could stand on it’s own. But decisions that impact Waveland residents this much should be voted on by the people. I have faith that together we will all work to rebuild our fair city for a better future for ourselves.

2 Comments:

  • Please give me some specific information on the Smart Code and specifics on the Charettes: what you like, don't like and don't think is practical.

    By Anonymous Mary Anderson, at 10:48 AM  

  • Ricky was there for us right after katrina and still is. he deserves our votes. he does answer his calls.
    linda mclain

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:02 PM  

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