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By Craig Braack

John Clinton Bradley is on the ballot in the 6th Ward, read his priorities

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If elected Bradley will work for a more open government and better code enforcement

From John Clinton Bradley,

Increased Transparency

John wants the city government to be more open to citizens. Residents have the right to know what city leaders are doing and why they are doing it. They deserve easier access to important information and better customer service. Here are some ways to make that happen:

  • Broadcasting public hearings and Common Council meetings. In the past, such meetings were livestreamed to YouTube. However, this practice ceased in May 2021 and has not resumed.
  • Creating an email announcement list. CodeRED is great for urgent messages, and the City of Hornell’s Facebook page is helpful for non-urgent communications. However, an increasing number of people refuse to use Facebook because the platform violates users’ privacy and allows the dissemination of misinformation. An email announcement list would be a better channel for non-urgent communication.
  • Publishing a weekly or monthly email newsletter. The city’s new paper newsletter looks great. However, it isn’t published frequently enough for residents to know about current events.
  • Establishing a customer service ticketing system. When a resident has a question or problem, they should be able to submit it using a single email address or web page. The system will create a ticket, and a moderator will assign it to the appropriate city employee or elected official. The system will track responses to tickets.

Better Code Enforcement

Like all municipalities, the City of Hornell has a robust set of codes. Click here to read Hornell’s codes. The City of Hornell employs full-time code enforcement officers.

Unfortunately, many code violations are ignored to avoid upsetting the violators. This negatively impacts public safety and decreases the quality of life for all residents. For example, the code requires owners to keep the sidewalks in front of their properties free of snow and ice. However, this code is rarely enforced—creating a hazard for pedestrians.

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