Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 4, 2012

South Shore candidates speak about issues

Mike James
The Independent

SOUTH SHORE — Eight candidates are battling for four South Shore Commission seats in Tuesday’s election.

They include incumbents David A. Piatt, Lou Bentley, Lance Warnock and Mildred Bradley, and challengers Daniel Leport, Paul “Rick” Ramey, Shawn Brown and Larry Wells.

The Independent was able to reach five of the eight candidates this week and asked them about the issues that top their priority list.

Leport who is Bentley’s stepson, said his top issue is “trying to get the place looking nicer ... the roads could be a little bit better and the grass could be cut. We could have a little more stuff in the park.”

Bradley, said the city should be cleaned up “like it used to be a long time ago.”

He said South Shore’s finances are in the black but the city needs more businesses, which would bring jobs to town.

South Shore is in the process of buying the privately owned water works and Bradley wants to see that process brought to a successful conclusion.

Bentley wants new businesses to fill empty lots downtown. Restaurants would be good too, he said.

He wants to get the park and tennis courts fixed up and find things for the city’s young people to do.

Piatt wants water and sewer updates to go along with buying the water plant. It will take grants to make it happen; that’s something the commission already has been working on, he said.

The commission also has managed city finances, which now are in the black, and now is working to build a surplus useful in securing matching grants.

The sewer plant has been upgraded and now is in compliance with EPA regulations and its operators are properly trained.

The city is poised to build a new municipal headquarters.

Wells said sewer rates are too high and the commission should lower them. South Shore needs more police; it now has one officer.

The commission also needs to keep up road maintenance and control storm runoff. That will require improvements to the storm sewer system.

Three candidates, Warnock, Brown and Wells, did not respond to repeated calls.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.