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Wisnewski/My Turn: Let me continue to move Greenfield ahead

I am Mark Wisnewski, the current president of the Greenfield Town Council and the best choice for town councilor at large in the June 10 election. I say this because the council has been very productive and our town is in better shape than it has been in 20 years.

Working closely with the mayor, the Town Council has produced stable budgets that provide increased services and address a wide variety of town needs. Our Capitol Improvement Plan looks to future needs and purchases proactively, resulting in fewer and fewer emergency purchases that unduly stress our budget. The stabilization funds we have called for have done just that: stabilized Greenfield’s budget. Our bond rating has improved, our downtown more lively, our schools improving, and businesses like Kennemetal are looking to move to town and provide the manufacturing jobs that will help to boost our economy. Municipal broadband is on the way!

Things are looking up for Greenfield!

I have been hard at work. I am the current president with all the duties that entails and I have a long history of leadership on the Town Council. I’m reaching my eighth-year anniversary and in addition to my role as president I have been: vice president, chair of Appointments and Ordinances, chair of the Economic Development Committee, chair of the Community Relations Committee, five years on the Ways and Means Committee, the Town Council representative to the Greenfield Business Association, and a member of Sustainable Greenfield Master Planning Committee. These roles have prepared me to address all of the difficult decisions that face Greenfield and given me the necessary tools to help the residents of this town.

That assistance has been as simple as calling the DPW about the condition of the sidewalk in front of an elderly citizen’s home to more complex ordinance development or charter changes. As a matter of fact, I wrote the charter changes to the town election cycle that you will vote on this year. I co-wrote last year’s Solar Ordinance and the proposed Noise Ordinance. I’ve ensured open and active participation from residents in our legislative process by, finally, passing a change to our Town Council agenda in order to allow all residents to speak at the beginning of council meetings.

We will soon see a Biomass Ordinance that will protect Greenfield from ill-fitting projects like the previously proposed plant. The list goes on with hospital rezoning, protecting the bargaining rights of town employees, the Kennemetal tax break, the Lunt field purchase, the Sustainable Master Plan that I called for 10 years ago and budget.

This council is hard working and responsive but there’s still so much more to do. As the only sitting councilor having participated in the Master Planning Committee, I am in the unique position to implement it. Sustainable Greenfield was a whole-town collaboration of good ideas and concrete, practical steps to improving the quality of life for all Greenfield residents, and I am the leader to move it forward. I also intend to advocate strongly for a town skate park and the return of Youth Services to address the issues that arise when there is a serious lack of options for our youth. It is also beyond time for new Senior Center facilities that provide both the space and the services that our elderly need.

I’m President Mark Wisnewski. I work hard, listen to people and I am dedicated to Greenfield’s success. Vote for me on June 10.

Mark Wisnewski is seeking re-election as a councilor at large.

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