Polly Singer Eardley

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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?

I definitely think we need to find a way to make it happen!  I have brought it up before the Council numerous times.  The idea also stalled due to the fact that our Public Works Director resigned.  In addition, Public Works has been directly affected by the huge increase in population growth as they have simply more homes to service with the same number of limited resources.   A consulting firm is currently evaluating the best way to make curbside recycling viable for Georgetown.  The difficulty is always trying to find ways to fund projects without having to raise taxes.  Due to the Toyota Tax Incentive Plan from Governor Beshear's administration, our income is down $2.5 million annually for the next few years as well.

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?

It is an issue that I have looked into and found no evidence of discrimination, which I am happy to report.   The state and federal laws offer many layers of protection for the LGBTQ+ community.

Question 3: 

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

I have worked extensively on the Comp Plan.  I serve on the Steering Committee, as well as the Land Use Committee.  I chair the Heritage Committee.  I would like to see the Green Space/Green Belt preserved.  We are asking that cell phone towers not be placed in environmentally sensitive areas (near watersheds for example). The Heritage Committee is working towards public art as well as making our town more pedestrian friendly.  I would like to see better protection of our historic resources. We do not need to see any more historic buildings torn down due to demolition by neglect.

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?

I will gladly support any legislation that will assist with affordable housing.  The Council advocated getting a sewer line from the new stockyards into Georgetown in order to aid residents at the Trailer Park.  Unfortunately, Lexington turned us down and went in a different direction.

Housing prices are going through the roof in Georgetown. The City Council is advocating for better Code Enforcement that will hopefully insure safer housing.

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 definitely think it is time to explore public transit!  We do not have a pedestrian friendly city and lack of sidewalks is a huge issue.  I have mentioned thus issue in Council meetings.  The Mayor has been looking into transportation alternatives as well. I would love to see a van/small bus service that operated on the major roads.