With the goal of keeping local parents (and voters) as informed as possible about all things parent-related, the editors of Rocket City Mom compiled “4 Questions for the Candidates”. We asked all the Huntsville City and Madison City candidates to answer the same four questions, and have published their responses unedited and as they have sent them to us.
Get to know a little about each candidate and where they stand on serving local families in our full Know Your Vote series. We encourage all of our readers to exercise their democratic right and vote on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
4 Questions with Maura Wroblewski
Q. What do you see as the top three most pressing issues facing Huntsville today? What are your plans to address those issues?
1. Smart, intentional growth to include communication between the Citizens, MCS Board of Education and any developers.
2. Infrastructure to include repaving and widening of roads and increasing our Greenway space.
3. Economic Development to include filling existing empty retail storefronts.
Q. Why do you believe you are the right person for this office?
This will be my second and final term because I believe in term limits. I have achieved my top three goals that I set for myself in 2016.
First,the Limestone County/Madison City residents now have their property tax dollars “following their students” to Madison City Schools rather than going to Limestone County.
2. We now have a multi use path on Wall Triana from the corner of Gillespie Road all the way to the corner of Browns Ferry Road. This covers the entire west side of my District. This multi-use path has provided an opportunity for those that live in the apartments that may have transportation concerns to now safely walk to retail areas such as the IGA, Papa Jacks and Kroger. It also provides a safe way for parents to walk their children to West Madison Elementary School. Lastly it increases the space for those who like to walk, run or bike for exercise and enjoyment. This path effectively links Wall Triana to Gillespie to Hughes. My many thanks to Mayor Finley and his leadership and management in bringing this safety and quality of life amenity to our citizens and visitors.
3. The Mill Creek Greenway extension has started. This Greenway will continue from the Dog Park on Browns Ferry between the Oakstone and Foxfield subdivisions. It will then continue between Bridgefield and Park Meadow. The Greenway will end near the entrance to the Bridgefield subdivision where folks can pick up the multi use path for continued exercise and enjoyment. It is my hope that this part of the Greenway will one day be part of the Singing River Trail.
Q. What new or existing initiatives do you look forward to working on if you are re-elected?
My main goal for this second and final term is the improvement of the Balch and Gillespie intersection. Because my District is all residential with exception to West Madison Elementary School and the Papa Jacks at the corner of Gillespie and Balch, I concentrate first on any safety issues and then second on quality of life opportunities. I believe improving this intersection with either a roundabout/traffic circle or a traffic light will address both of those priorities. Our Engineering Department Head Gary Chynoweth is currently conducting a comparison study between those two improvements. I also look forward to the completion of the Mill Creek Greenway. Those are two specific goals for my District. City wide I look forward to working on the continued increase of retail development in our City and road improvements throughout.
Q. What is your overall vision/mission when it comes to families living in your city? What are your ideas about how to best serve them specifically?
I think our priority with regard to everyone moving to Madison whether single, with children or retired is to keep our school system strong. Every school in our City has an “A” rating. That has happened through partnership with our MCS Board of Education. With the foundation led by Dr. Fowler, Mr. Parker and now Dr. Nichols, our MCS system is stronger than ever. Families such as mine moved here when our children were young to attend Madison City Schools. We stayed here because we are invested in our community.
In addition to our schools we have 30 neighborhood parks spread throughout our City, Dublin Park and Palmer Park. We have literally thousands of children that play soccer, softball, baseball and basketball. Our recreation program is so strong that we are building an addition to the west side of Palmer Park that will include more fields and another dog park. Madison is a wonderful City to raise your children. And then, hopefully, your grandchildren!
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