Purchase a copy of The Lancaster News for six pages of Letters to the Editor Much has been accomplished in six years on City Council

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By The Staff

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your District 4 City Councilman for the past six years.

My entire adult life has been spent in service to Lancaster, including 28 years in law enforcement, retiring as chief of police; 13 years at the Children’s Home, retiring as executive director; 26 years in the S.C. National Guard, including an overseas deployment in Operation Desert Storm, retiring as sergeant major; and I am still serving as a Commissioned Lay Pastor at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church and Wade Presbyterian Church.

I am a longtime supporter and past committee member of the Lancaster United Way, a member of the Lancaster Rotary Club, a Gideon (Lancaster Camp) and chaplain of the Transportation Club.

I live in District 4 and have been a resident of District 4 for the past 44 years.

By working together, we have accomplished much for District 4 and the city in the last six years:

n Public Safety improvements have been made, including new tools for law enforcement such as mobile data terminals, 911 system enhancements so our residents can receive help even faster and our fire department is ranked among the top 1 percent nationwide.

n Public Works improvements have been made, including new water lines on Clinton Avenue, Ruth Street and other areas; new sewer lines on East Meeting Street, Isom Street and other areas. The Wastewater Treatment Plant has been expanded to attract and serve new industry.

n Clinton Cemetery improvements have been made, including general beautification and driveway paving.

n Road improvements have been made, including new street lighting and obtaining $50,000 per year from the county $15 road fee for direct city road improvements.

n Seeing that Hospitality Tax dollars support events important to District 4 such as PCASA Child Safety Day, the Fatherhood Project and Unity in the Community.

I work with the Lancaster Economic Development Corp. and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce to attract new industry and jobs to Lancaster.

The Lancaster Business Park is scheduled to be filled in 2009 and METSO Power, located in the Business Park, just held its grand opening.

Recently Duracell announced an expansion at their plant and Founders Federal Credit Union announced their new headquarters. This preserves current jobs and means new jobs in the future.

I work with the city staff to save your tax dollars. An energy and water efficiency project with Johnson Controls saved money, meaning your water bill did not have to increase. Improvements at the fire department means the fire portion of your homeowner’s insurance actually decreased.

My opponent says nothing has happened in District 4 for the last six years. The facts clearly show otherwise and I stand on my record of service to the residents of District 4.

I have addressed every constituent request for service for the last six years and I hope to do so for the next four years. I request your support and vote on Nov. 4.