How would you turn the tide?
3. Whether it’s Ohl Street bridge remaining closed, many borough roads sorely in need of paving, a growing number of vacant homes and rundown storefronts, and a heroin problem, Greenville faces many struggles beyond Act 47. As a councilor, what will you do to turn the tide on any of these issues?
Paul R. Hamill Response to Question #3:
300 words or less is not enough for this question. So I will give you brief responses here and refer Record-Argus readers to my website, paulrhamill.com, for more detailed discussion on these topics.
Ohl Street Bridge: Even though this project is up to the Mercer County Commissioners Office, I would be in regular contact with their office, working with them to seek faster resolution.
The roads: In short, the roads are paid for by liquid fuels tax money, and there is not enough of it to make our intersections ADA compliant and also repair all of the streets. So I'm going to look into borrowing against our incoming tax dollars to bring our roads back up to minimum standards. Once I have those figures, I would work in order from our busiest borough-owned roads down to the back alleys, weighing those with extreme disrepair on a case-by-case basis.
Vacant homes and store fronts: There are a lot of legal issues that have to be dealt with. It is not as easy as some people think to take someone's property and tear it down or force a building owner to spend tens of thousands of dollars to remodel their empty storefront that's not making any money. We also need to look at why buildings are sitting empty. If an investor read about our Borough council's decisions in the newspaper today (and they do), would they want to take the risk of starting a business in Greenville and bringing jobs to our town? We need experienced business owners on our council.
Heroin problem: First: Stop cutting police officers. Second: Work with UPMC to try to get more treatment options for drug rehab here. Third: Work on making this a zero-tolerance, drug-free community.
Additional detailed talking points on the question above will be posted here soon.