North York Borough Council

York Dispatch

Five candidates are running for three seats on the North York Borough Council in the 2015 Primary election on Tuesday, May 19.

The York Dispatch asked them to answer three questions and provide basic bio information to help voters with their selection.

Their responses are:

Biographical information

Melvina K. Clagg (R)

Age/Family: 2 children, 3 grandchildren

Occupation: Work for Mental Health of America

Education: Central York Graduate and ongoing continuous education courses

Community organizations with which you are active: Special Olympics volunteer, Advocate for people in the community with special needs, North York Planning member.

Bill Jackson (R)

Age/Family: 53, married to Anita, 2 daughters, 2 grandsons

Occupation: CSR Hydraulic cylinder repair coordinator. US Navy 20 years, retired

Education: High School: Wichita Falls, Texas (Old High), Forces Afloat college courses, Farrier Fire Fighting School through Norfolk Naval Base Fire Company.

Community organizations with which you are active: North York Borough Recreation committee. I assisted with restorations of Lloyd Kauffman Park for the residents. I repaired some of the Borough equipment and volunteered with snow removal.

Angela Kaltreider (D)

No response

Debra J. Haines Smith (R)

Age/Family: 62, husband, Scott, and son, Alan, and his fiance, Melissa, 2 granddaughters

Occupation: Homemaker

Education: graduated from Central York High School

Community organizations which I am active in: Started block watch for 900 block of N. Duke St.; organized Night Out for the 900 block of N. Duke St.

Alex G. Zeigler (R)

Age/Family: 29/engaged, 3 kids ages 7, 6 and 2

Occupation: Automotive Technician

Education: High school education with some college classes for automotive technology.

Community organizations with which you are involved: Myself and my child attend church every Sunday. But nothing within North York at the current time.

Questions and answers

1. How would you rate the borough's performance at keeping taxes (especially property taxes) affordable for residents while providing adequate services? Why?

Clagg: Our taxes went up. I think it is important to maintain quality services for the residents of North York.

Jackson:When I first moved to the area the taxes were reasonable. Services were adequate. In the past couple of years some of the council members appeared more concerned about themselves and less about us the taxpayer/resident. Unfortunately the current council is working with a very tight budget and still trying to provide the best service. Mismanaged funds created a burden for the residents. The only way to make up the difference was to raise taxes.

Kaltreider: No response.

Smith:Up until this year, the taxes stayed fairly low. But due to circumstances within the Borough, they had to raise the taxes to meet the budget and cover costs.

Zeigler: I just bought my first house 3 years ago. So I think the taxes are fine as of right now. They do have some community get together, other than that I don't think there are any services.

2. Other than holding down costs, what would be your top priorities if elected to borough council (or to another term to borough council)?

Clagg: I would be a voice for the residents of North York. I would like to listen to their concerns and act on their behalf to change and/or improve the borough.

Jackson:Our Borough is still a diamond in the rough. We need to work with the community and create safe places for our children to play as well as involve the residents in the decisions that are best for our community as a whole. I want taxpayer money spent wisely and not on fruitless things. We all do this at home. You decide wants and needs.

Kaltreider: No response.

Smith:Listen to the concerns of the residents and what they have to say.

Zeigler: Just listening to the community about what needs to happen. While getting my signatures I heard a couple people saying some streets are too dark. So that's one place to start.

3. Why did you decide to run for borough council? Why should people support your candidacy?

Clagg: I have attended the borough meetings for the last several years and think we need some new people and new ideas.

Jackson:I feel that some of the council has become stagnant and works poorly as a team. More members need to learn the word no and not just agree because its easy. I will not be a yes man. I want you to know that no is in my vocabulary. Teams should have input from all its members to form a constructive decision. Research before impulse.

Kaltreider: No response.

Smith:As a life-long resident of the Borough of North York, I have seen the Borough slowly going down on a decline. I would like to see the Borough go back on an incline and to have better communications between the residents and Borough council members.

Zeigler: I've gone to a couple of meetings and heard things about the council. I have 3 kids and know a lot of other kids in North York. It shouldn't be run for personal agendas, but for the community.