Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, October 01, 2007

Candidate blog series: Ward I candidate Keith Moore

Keith D. Moore
for City Council
Ward One
! Norwood City Council
Chairman - Community Development and Small Business Committee
Chairman - Law & Ordinance Committee
Finance Committee Member
President Pro Tem

J.D. University of Cincinnati
B.A. Political Science Indiana University

! Legal Author and Editor
LexisNexis Publishing

B.A. Political Science
Indiana University

! Up Front Call-In Show
Tune in every second and fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. Cable Channel 24. Mayor Williams and I are waiting to hear from you.

Dear Neighbor:
Thank you for the opportunity to represent you on Norwood City Council. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve with such experienced and dedicated people.
We have worked hard to bring accountability, respectability, and integrity to City government. Now that we have clawed our way out of our financial troubles, my priorities are:
(1) street and infrastructure repair;
(2) restructuring the City financial system to prevent a future crisis;
(3) making our neighborhoods more attractive to families, not absentee landlords.
We have made great strides, but there is still so much left to do. I hope you will support me in those endeavors.
Keith D. Moore

Keith Moore’s Record on City Council
* Smart Growth
We’re working hard to attract the best new developments. The result?
• Linden Pointe
• $20 million Siemens re-investment
• New Medical Building at old MAB
• Surrey Square and a new Kroger
• Medpace expansion
• Medical Office coming to Lawrence
• Cincinnati Bell replaces Convergys
* Public Safety
The State Auditor urged Norwood to close the Health Department and slash Police, Fire, Paramedic, and our own 911 service, but we found the means to keep our premier safety and health services.

We’ve invested in a new ambulance and cruisers. The 911 Call Center won a grant for an office makeover and will soon move into their new space.
* Council Modernized
The new Clerk of Council modernized Council’s office, including a Council web site and email access.
* Fiscal Responsibility
My first day in office in 2002, the City faced a two million dollar shortfall. We rolled up our sleeves and went to work to clean up the mess.

We found hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual savings on things like:
•health insurance
•liability insurance
•workers’ compensation premiums
•canceling unnecessary cell phones

Now, instead of millions of dollars of debt, Norwood is out of the red and moving toward a solid financial footing.
* Council More Accessible to You
• We changed Council Rules in order to tear down the hurdles the Republicans put up to keep you from speaking to Council.
•Live call-in cable shows to make it easier for your City to hear from you:
Second and Fourth Thursday
7:00 p.m. Cable Channel 24
* Home Improvement Loan Program
Passed the plan to give you a 3% break on home improvement loans.
* Re-Zoned to Keep Norwood Owner-Occupied
No more one-family houses cut up into two- or three-family rental units.
* Neighborhood Groups
I support citizen efforts such as the WNNA and Citizens on Patrol. Norwood’s future is in the hands of its residents. It’s up to each of us to take the initiative to make Norwood an even better place to raise a family.
* Building Code Reformed
Limits on group homes; unnecessary permits eliminated for simple home improvements; and rental regulations that promote voluntary compliance.

Now, we’re working on streamlining the enforcement process and abating vacant, nuisance properties.