Elect Sam Matier to the Merriam
Vision For Merriam
Merriam has not yet replaced our
only grocery store That is because city leaders were busy backroom-dealing
on the community center bait and switch instead of taking care of our
basic needs. Getting a good grocery store back in Merriam is a high
priority for me. My opponent Staci Chivetta does not think Merriam needs
a grocery store.
The mayor has said there is nothing the city can do to bring in a grocery
store. When you say you "can not achieve a goal" you will
never achieve that goal. The city must give a priority to bringing in
a grocery store. The city approved a budget of $10,000 to convince residents
to vote yes on the community center. There is a $535,000 budget to purchase
five art sculptures. There is $0 budget to find a grocery store.
The city staff has not been told to figure out how to get a grocery
store. Has the city conducted a market study to see if the old Hen House
rental rate is truly not competitive? If the rental rate is unreasonably
high, has the city talked with the property owners and applied leverage
if necessary? When you spend no money and make no effort to achieve
a goal, you will not achieve that goal.
As a former commercial real estate broker I know the marketing steps
that need to be taken to get that grocery store once the city makes
it a priority. City leaders need to pull their heads out of the sand
and listen to retailers or we are going to lose more stores.
A culture change needs to take place in city hall
Some of the council members falsely believe and have said that their
job is to support the paid staff. I will listen to what staff advises,
but I will work closely with the residents and do what the residents
want me to do.
The latest example is that the city administrator and
mayor were throwing up every possible roadblock to see that sidewalks
were constructed in the West Vernon Place subdivision. West Vernon Place
residents didn't want sidewalks. As a council member I should not be
telling residents that they should or not have sidewalks in their neighborhood.
A council member should help residents to achieve what the residents
want and not what the paid staff wants
Downtown Merriam Downtown
will not blossom until it is removed from the Turkey Creek flood plain
and businesses are willing to make an investment in the area. As an
elected member of the Merriam Drainage District Board, I urge the Corp
of Engineers to begin the project needed by downtown Merriam.
Affordable Housing The mayor
has just appointed a committee to look at the long term future of Merriam.
Some residents living in less expensive homes are concerned that the
committee will recommend replacing entire neighborhoods with commercial
or expensive new residential developments. Merriam has a need to have
home values in a variety of price ranges. There comes a time when we
have to quit declaring the least expensive homes blighted and removing
them using eminent domaign.
Old Community Center My
opponent, Staci Chivetti is head of the mayor appointed committee assigned
to decide the fate of the old community center. The committee recommended
spending $4 to $5 million on the 5701 Merriam Lane property. What started
out as a $25 million community center idea has now excalated into spending
$42 million when the library parking garage and 5701 renovations are
included. Spending is out of control. We need to have more transparency
and get public votes when cost start to go out of site on any city project.