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Cabell County Commission candidate: Marie E. Redd (D)

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

PARTY: Democrat

HOME CITY: Huntington

HOME COUNTY: Cabell

E-MAIL ADDRESS: reddlawfirm@frontier.com

WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/marie.redd.77

PERSONAL STATEMENT: The duties of a County Commission are oversight of county tax dollars, providing and maintaining a suitable courthouse at the county seat, funding the offices of elected officials, support community services and appointing members to various local boards, authorities, and public services districts.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 59

EDUCATION: Huntington High School, Marshall University Criminal Justice undergraduate and graduate degrees.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Social Security Advocate, The Redd Law Firm.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Elected Senator Cabell/Wayne Counties, 1998-2002; Associate Professor, Marshall University, Criminal Justice Department 1995-1998, IBM Corporation 18 years.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: First Baptist Church, TEAM for West Virginia Children, Cabell County Democratic Women’s Club, Hova Underwood Children’s Home Society, ITT Technical Institute, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Huntington Chapter of Links, Incorporated, AARP; Federation of Democratic Women and League of Women Voters. 

FAMILY: Married 41 years to Attorney William L. Redd, 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

QUESTIONS

1. Should the county work to protect sources of drinking water, and how should it go about it?

The county needs to formulate an emergency plan to protect the county residents. In coordination with the water company, city emergency responders, health department, hospitals, WV poison control, state and federal environmental protection agencies. The plan should include a comprehensive water source protection plan, assessment and monitoring, evaluation of water systems, annual inspections, rules for above ground storage tanks

2. Is the approach to animal control sufficient in your county? Is the shelter adequate, and should more be done to place abandoned animals in new homes?

Cabell’s approach to animal control is the best in the Tri-State. Dedicated volunteers donate supplies of blankets, newspaper, and dog food. Overcrowding is at times an issue. A larger facility is needed with little room for expansion at the present facility. Every effort is made by the shelter to encourage animal adoption with a fee of $95 for spaying/neutering, veterinary visit with required shots.

3. Should the county do more to deal with dilapidated properties? If so, what steps can be taken?

Presently a new structure in the county require a building permit. A county building inspector and assistant building inspector should be hired to inspect substandard structures in the county. Guidelines should be developed for removal of dilapidated structures; such as warnings to property owners etc.

4. Should the county have a larger role in controlling flooding?

The county should assist other agencies with the monitoring and periodical cleaning of trash from roads, culverts, creeks, streams, and rivers. The county should work with FEMA to purchase homes build in floor plane areas. Use the purchased land to build community gardens.

5. Do you see possibilities for consolidating services with other units of government?

The fire department, ambulance service, E911 call center and animal control have been consolidated by the county and city. If local, state and federal funding continues to decline the city and county must act in the best interest of the county residents.

6. The Cabell County Planning Commission is in the process of developing a county plan. What programs and policies would you support in the plan to guide future growth and quality of life in Cabell County?

The utility companies after emergency situations request rate increases to cover the cost of repairs. A representative from each utility should attend the meetings to give the Commission on any information that would benefit Cabell County residents. I would support any policy or program that would benefit the residents of Cabell County.

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