In the race for the mayor of Blue Springs, incumbent Carson Ross is running against Michael Freeman. The election is April 3. Freeman, an Independence native, has lived in Blue Springs since 2001. He is a network operations center engineer for Integrated Systems. He ran for a District 3 City Council seat in 2010 and lost. He is married to Michelle and has twin daughters, Emma and Gretchen.
|1 You’re a relative newcomer to the political scene in Blue Springs, having lost one attempt for District 3. If elected mayor, what three things would you focus on and what would you do to make them happen?||
Police visibility. While going door to door, I am hearing the number one concern is cars being broken into. These are not isolated to just one neighborhood; I am hearing this across the city. We need to increase neighborhood patrols of officers.
|2 Your opponent has said that the mayor’s job is a full-time job and has questioned your ability to devote that kind of time. How would you respond to that?||
I believe it is more than a full time job. It is making a promise and a dedication to the citizens. Issues don’t happen between 9-5, and as mayor I will be available 24-7 as needed. My job offers flexibility, and I will put in the hours needed to run this city.
|3 How would you change the way regular and special City Council meetings are conducted?||
Let the citizens talk. If someone has something to say before a vote, let them. Why did the council vote on awarding a contract to Miles Excavation and then let the lower bid KAT Excavating talk afterwards? It was pointless and disrespectful. Stop abusing special sessions: if a special session is needed, then it needs to be recorded and televised to prevent he said/she said scenarios. In 2011 property taxes were raised in a special session, without citizen input and no recording to go back and view. In March of 2010, $14 million in bonds were issued to RED Development – and again, without citizen input and no recording to go back and view.
|4 What unique challenges are facing the city now and in the future?||
Missouri 7 is being overwhelmed with blight. We are seeing a dramatic increase in tobacco shops, Payday Loans, and tattoo parlors. Let’s put as much focus on Missouri 7 – the main corridor of the city – as we have in Adam’s Dairy and the Woods Chapel corridor.