Name: Leon Ambrosey
Occupation: Business Owner
Political party: Democrat
Running for: Planning and Zoning Commission
Why are you running?
I am running for several reasons. First, the P&Z decisions aren’t always uniform on applications and in enforcement. The citizens of Monroe need to feel confident that everyone who comes before the commission is treated fairly without regard to political persuasion.
Secondly, I believe the commission does not always follow its plan of development (POCD, and finally, I believe the members of the commission should be more knowledgeable on state rules and regulations to avoid costly lawsuits.
What are the three biggest issues facing Monroe?
Of course, rising taxes are always an issue. I believe that by working hand in hand with the Economic Development Commission, we can attract businesses to our town that will lesson the burden of taxes on the homeowners. Another issue that must be dealt with is proper planning for capital expenses.
Too often we have projects that must be done on an emergency basis which is not always the cheapest and most efficient way to work. A third issue that concerns me is maintaining the character of the town while encouraging growth.
The recent attempt to allow the recycling center to the old Stevenson Lumber site is an example of what should not be done.
What can the Planning & Zoning Commission do to keep the town in the right direction?
The Commission can avoid unnecessary lawsuits costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by following the POCD. It can work closely with the Economic Development Commission and with other boards related to development such as Inland Wetlands.
What skills and attributes make you a good fit for the Planning & Zoning Commission?
I have been attending Planning and Zoning Meetings for the last four years as well as POCD workshops, so I am very familiar with the workings of the board, its issues and problems. I have studied state statutes on land use extensively