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October 15, 2011

Ward 1 candidates discuss issues

Incumbent Democrat Brannon Meagher will face Republican challenger Bob Bishop in the race for the Ward 1 seat on the Logansport City Council.

What do you see as the issues in this campaign?

Bishop: I think the main issue in this campaign is the direction Logansport is going under the current administration and the loss of jobs in Logansport. The people I have talked to as I go door to door are concerned about the rise in taxes (trash fee), the generating plant going broke and rates going up, crime and gangs on the rise and the breakup of the fire department and the high cost associated with it, both in money and response times.

All of these issues affect jobs here in Logansport. Logansport has to become a pro-business community. We cannot continue to have excess restrictions on businesses in this town like ones that have kept the Fire Stone Grill from opening for years now. As the Hoosier Heartland Corridor is finished in the next couple of years, we need to have a clear vision of how to connect to it.

We now have a conflict between making Burlington Avenue our main entrance or making 18th street our main entrance. The overwhelming majority of people I have talked to think it does not make any sense to spend the tens of millions of dollars it will take to make 18th Street our entrance let alone the destruction it will do to property along the way.

This will take more tax money that we don’t have. What will we have to cut to pay for it or will there have to be another “fee” to pay for it? Burlington Avenue is the perfect choice because we will have to spend very little money and the traffic will flow into downtown right where all the connecting highways come through. Go south, and it heads right to the industrial park and airport. Why this administration is so intent on 18th Street, I do not know.

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