David J. Lusby

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Question 1: 

Many communities around Georgetown offer curbside recycling services to residents, which prevents waste from ending up in costly landfills and can generate money for cities when they operate at scale. The Georgetown City Council has considered expanding recycling to include curbside recycling, but the idea stalled over concerns about up-front costs. What is your strategy to implement curbside recycling to the city of Georgetown?

Curbside recycling has been and is a service the City of Georgetown would like to provide in addition to the current drop off location the city now provides. Like most services there is a significant cost involved and the council hasn’t felt like the city was in a financial position to subsidize this service. Many communities and recycling providers are charging a small convenience fee or service fee to provide the pickup at the home or place of business. We have discussed this option and with support from the council and the community I feel this may be the best way to implement curbside recycling.

Question 2: 

Currently people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) lack protection from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodation under state or federal law. Eight cities in Kentucky have passed their own expanded human rights ordinance, often to referred to as a Fairness Ordinance, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. Regionally this has included cities such as Frankfort, Lexington, and Midway. Do you support a fairness ordinance in Georgetown to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

I would support an ordinance related to fairness for all people.

Question 3: 

Which elements of the Georgetown-Scott County Comprehensive Plan are you most committed to? Why?

They are all important but the Land Use may be the area of most concern to most people and I would share that thought. The Comprehensive Plan is put together by citizens in the community then approved by the Planning and Zoning Board before being approved by the fiscal court and the city council. This is the communities plan which is updated and approved every 5 years.

Question 4: 

What steps will you take to encourage and ensure health, stability, and well-being for low income residents of Georgetown, especially when it comes to affordable housing?

The City of Georgetown does much more than anyone may realize for the Housing Authority which provides assistance for low income housing. The city waives the property taxes each year and has done so for over 20 years with full support from the city council. In addition to emergency services the city takes care of trash removal at no cost to the residence of the Housing Authority. Additionally, the city, through our Public Works Department, repairs potholes in streets and helps with other projects when possible for the Housing Authority. I have always supported these efforts and will continue to do so going forward.

Question 5: 

Georgetown is one of the fastest growing cities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and many residents have difficulty finding ways around town for needed services, including work, doctors visits, and more. Do you think it is time for the city to explore public transit opportunities to provide alternative means of transportation in and around the city, especially as we have seen other cities in central Kentucky do so in recent years?

I do not think it’s time for the city to take on public transportation because of the additional expense this would put on the city and its tax payers. With that being said I do support the private sector providing transportation for a minimal cost for this service. Recently, the city council was approached by a group trying to put together this program and we expressed our support for their efforts.