Issues: What I believe, and why I am seeking election to the Pinehurst Village Council
1. Village Council. The Village Council should be more pro-active in managing key strategic relationships which have great influence over the quality of life in Pinehurst. I will be a “proactive council member”. Two years ago I suggested in at least two committees that the Council and Village staff should develop a good working relationship with the National Park Service which controls our National Historic Place designation. This was not accomplished before a number of development plans surfaced which required referral to NPS, and we now have a dispute with NPS. The same pro-active management concept might have saved at least some services at the Village Post office, and a proactive approach with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Moore County Commissioners, and Pinehurst Resort will be beneficial to Pinehurst.
2. Water supply. I believe that Pinehurst must control, or be able to highly influence, the source or our water supply in addition to the distribution system. Unless we control the source of water, we remain at risk for the availability of supply in times of drought such as we have experienced in recent years. In general, I think a regional approach to a water system is the most cost efficient way forward for tax payers.
3. National Historic Landmark designation. I believe this designation is very important to Pinehurst, and as mentioned in point #1 above, we need to manage and develop this valuable asset. The designation should be used in public advertizing, and in promotion of the Village to visitors and potential businesses we wish to attract. Development of a joint plan with the Resort should be explored.
4. Pinehurst Village. The core village is the heart of Pinehurst. I want to meet with landlords to learn from them why attracting new tenants is difficult, how the Council might help that effort, and to understand why rents are alleged to be high compared to similar space in Southern Pines and Aberdeen. And I want to meet with tenants, especially retail tenants, to understand why attracting customers has been difficult for some of them. Changes to the look of the core village, including streetscapes and the design of the sand parking lot, may need to be acted upon if it can be demonstrated that such change, at taxpayers expense, will help attract residents and guests to the Village and, thus, sustain our retailers. Sources of funding for these physical changes, and potential financial incentives for landlords or retailers, might come from reallocation of funds within the Village budget.
5. Given Library/Tufts Archives. This institution is one of the jewels of the Village. I know because like my grandparents and parents, I use its resources. Furthermore, my father was its President for a period of time. If more space is required and cannot be appropriately sourced from other existing space in the Village, then I will support consideration of changing the setbacks, or the gifting of land by the Village to the library/archives. If our relationship with the National Park Service is well managed, I am hopeful that Pinehurst’s Historic Registry designation will not be affected by this expansion.
7. Pinewild. This community is now an important part of Pinehurst. I know many citizens who live there, and they are actively involved in working for the best interest s of all of Pinehurst. The agreements made between Pinehurst and Pinewild with respect to street maintenance, police patrols, waste collection etc need to be continued.
8. Village Acres and the Highway 211 expansion. Similar to Pinewild, this community has grown to be a significant population center in Pinehurst. The widening of N.C. Highway 211 by the NCDOT could create significant challenges for residents of Village Acres and other surrounding neighborhoods as they seek access to parks, government buildings, and Pinehurst shops. As a member of the Council, I will address these challenges to the NCDOT.
9. Performing Arts Center. This recent concept and proposal can become a major enhancement to life style of Pinehurst, and an economic benefit to our Village. I will encourage the development of a sensible and financially sustainable plan.
10. Why does the Village of Pinehurst
appropriate Fund Balance as a revenue source in its budget?