Election Questionnaire The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway Lorain, OH 44053 Date: 9/8/2013 Office: Oberlin City Council at Large, 2-year term Dear Sir: Please note that Oberlin has Non-Partisan elections. Name: Anthony J. Mealy Phone: Cell: 440-221-5005 Email: [email protected]
Age: 69, Born 12/21/1943, Tokoma Park, Maryland Address: 328 South Professor Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1816 Resident: 48 years. Experience: Office previously held on Oberlin City Council 1986-1987, 2006-2007 Web Site: http://www.loraincounty.com/government/candidates/?id=223 YouTube: http://youtu.be/BTa7J_5ufM4 Occupation: Twice retired over 9 years ago, accomplishments: Responsible Positions held as a Corrections Counselor and Supervisor with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections in Grafton, Ohio Retired March 2004 with 21 plus years State Service. Immigration Inspector with the United States Department of Justice and United States Department of Homeland Security. Retired June 2004 with 27 plus years Federal Service. Practical man with an exacting job as an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration in Oberlin for 16 years and have received written commendation for thoroughness in doing an excellent job, years 1965-1981. Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force after 4 years active service as an Aircraft Control and Warning Radar Operator and Control Technician; Vietnam Era Veteran, years 1961-1965. Boards, Etc.: VIGOROUS LEADER who has been active in the 20-30 Club of Oberlin 66/71; President & Chairman of Oberlin Jaycees and Ohio District Vice President 71/74; Bicentennial Commission 1976; Membership & Publicity Chairman of Oberlin Community Players 75/81; Trustee, Friends of Oberlin Public Library 81/84; Chairman, Grants and Finance Committee, Lorain Co. Growth Association 85/86; Chairman, Oberlin Zoning Board of Appeals 79/86; Oberlin City Councilman (nonpartisan) 86/87; Director & Treasurer of Oberlin Community Improvement Corporation 86/89; President of Oberlin Kiwanis Club 75/89; Oberlin Chairman of Bicentennial Commission on U.S. Constitution 87/89; Plumbing Board 88/89; Appointment to Fiscal & Administrative Committee, LC Emergency Management Agency by LC Commissioners 87/92; Community Service Chairman, Oberlin-Firelands Kiwanis; along with many other offices held in the above organizations. Education: Northwestern High, Hyattsville, Maryland; Corrections
Officers Certificate from Ashland University ‘92; Graduate of Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Inspector’s Program, Tucson, Arizona ‘95. Family: Singled, most of family still lives in the Washington D.C. area. Civic Good: Current membership in Oberlin City Club, Oberlin American Legion Post 102 since 1974; Lorain County Association of Township Trustees and Clerks; PATCO/FPD Retirees Local 1199, NUHHCE—AFSCME, AFL-CIO; National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE); Life Member in the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, OCSEA Local 11, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Goals: 1. We need to upgrade stormwater services and advance clean and efficient energy opportunities throughout the community. Oberlin can promote new green jobs and economic development by maintaining a highly educated workforce, ensuring reliable utilities, reducing power cost and encouraging more businesses like Greenfield Solar into the city. Currently, there is more than 200,000 square feet of vacant space under roof, plus 65 acres available for immediate occupancy in our Industrial Park on East Lorain Street. 2. Oberlin needs to partner with our residential, educational, commercial and industrial customers to execute known solutions provided in our “Efficiency Smart” (AMP) program. One immediate possibility is the redevelopment of the vacant old lumberyard property, Missler store and our Gasholder. This Southside Business District is adjacent to our bike path where the new Underground Railroad Center and Park & Ride Facility should encourage citizens to utilize different Multi-Modal activities such as hiking, bicycling, carpooling, bus and future public transit developments. 3. My priorities are growing our local economy and supporting existing businesses with lower taxes. I would like to see completion of the Oberlin Underground Railroad Center-Park & Ride Facility along the North Coast Bike Trail and support of additional BioMedical and Clean Green Energy job creation in our Industrial Park. These goals include making needed investments in stormwater management, promotion of efficient power use throughout the city along with providing quality services to all citizens. The City must continue an aggressive push for energy efficiency as we shift to more carbon neutral energy sources to abate global warming. Vote Mealy: I am a candidate for Oberlin City Council because I enjoy public service and believe I could provide leadership our local government needs. My main concerns are adequate public services,facilities and maintenance by responsible spending, sensible economic development and planned future growth. I have been involved in local government and civic affairs for more than forty-five years and feel that my understanding of the issues as a member of Oberlin City Council, past Chairman of the Oberlin Zoning Board of Appeals, Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member of OCIC the Oberlin Community Improvement Corporation will contribute to the enhancement of Oberlin.