Bill Wells

Political party: 
Question 1: 

Over the past several years many residents have found it difficult to find meaningful employment that is accessible to them. What steps will you take to ensure that residents in our more urban neighborhoods will be able to have the same opportunities as other communities, and to ensure that every part of the city benefits from economic development? 

We must continue to partner with TANK to give our residents opportunity to get to work, as well as continue to work with Gateway to educate our residents and increase the employment opportunities. We need to continue to create an atmosphere that is small business friendly, especially the Latonia Shopping Center.

Question 2: 

Covington has provided more affordable housing options than many other communities in northern Kentucky, and yet many of those who are being helped by these programs are concentrated in a handful of neighborhoods and often feel isolated from the larger Covington community. How can the city better integrate all residents into our community, provide greater opportunities to low income residents, and affirmatively further fair housing?

The redevelopment of Lincoln Grant School which has been vacant since 2003, will give the opportunity to 45 single parent households for education, which I believe is the best solution for eliminating poverty. The Rivers Edge project is another project that was once only public housing, and is now 40% market rate housing. There are more “market rate” housing projects in the near future in these neighborhoods.

Question 3: 

Citizens returning home from incarceration, and even those who have finished their probation and parole, often have trouble returning to their communities. Several cities and states have fostered initiatives aimed at helping these members of our community get back on their feet. Louisville and Cincinnati, for example, have removed questions about previous convictions from hiring applications. What steps do you feel Covington can and should take to help folks re-enter our community?

Everyone deserves a second chance, once your “debt to society is paid in full”.

Question 4: 

Covington is known for being Pedestrian friendly, and having mass transit options. Yet, there are few places in the city that accommodate cyclists with bike lanes or share lanes. What policies do you support to make cycling easier and safer in our city?

I’ve been on the Latonia Small Area Study committee for years, one of the recommendations from this study is a road diet for Winston Ave, it incorporates bike lanes, and I’ll continue to push this project.

Question 5: 

Could you detail some of the things you most want to accomplish in the upcoming term, if elected?

Complete the long overdue “fleet replacement plan”. Rework the BID and move this forward. In an effort to stop the “demolition by neglect” begin a Land Bank. Continue to find solutions to the combined sewer overflows. Continue to keep our financial house in order, and keep public safety a top budget priority.

Question 6: 

In Covington, we pride ourselves on being a diverse, welcoming community. But many residents are concerned about the increase in activities in northern Kentucky that make many residents feel less than welcomed in our community. What will you do to create a community that is welcoming of all, and that values the lives of all members in our community?

We should reaffirm our fairness ordinance each and every year.