Up & Coming Weekly

October 31, 2017

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20 NOVEMBER 1 - 7, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Kathy Jensen District 1 UCW: Elected city officials and Cumberland County Commissioners have not been able to agree on who would operate a joint 911 emer- gency center and continue to be at odds over which sales tax distribution method the county should implement. And now, the county seems to be pushing back on how much money it should devote to the city's baseball stadium. What will you do specifically to create better communication and cooperation between the two governing bodies? Jensen: Communication and cooperation between the county and city happen on a daily basis. We have had many suc- cesses through the City County liaison monthly meetings. The Fayetteville Cumberland Youth Council, Red light camera program for our school sys- tems, economic development commission, working on homelessness and the merger of parks and recreation years ago are to name just a few. The three subjects you have mentioned are not topics that are not easy fixes with easy answers. I believe that we are very close to an agreement on all three. I was asked to serve on the PWC negotiation committee, because of my willingness to listen with patience and to negotiate. I have said for the past four years, we need to make sure that the decisions we make today are the best decisions for our future. UCW: The city's tax base is more dependent on residential properties than any other major city in North Carolina. This is primarily because of Fayette- ville's lack of economic development and our continued failure to attract large corporate headquarters, technology companies and manufacturing firms. What role do you feel the city plays in local economic development? Jensen: Four years ago, we made a commitment to the residents of Fayetteville to make Economic Development a priority. We have done just that. In col- laboration with the county we have formed a new Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Commission. I have had the privilege of serving on that committee for the past year. Losing the Sanderson Farms manufacturing plant has made getting new manufacturing firms in Fayetteville an uphill battle. But as you can see we are steadily making progress. The announcement of our K3 Enter- prise partnership that will bring over 30 jobs at approximately $91,000 salary yearly. The addition of the baseball park will bring in over 65 million in new development. Real economic balance is when everyone has the opportunity to work. Fayetteville is moving forward and is succeeding working with our partners, the county commissioners, PWC, and our local state delegation. Election 2017 Fayetteville City Council Candidates On Election Day ... On entering the voting place, give your name, address and party (primary only) to the election officials. If you are properly registered, you will be given a ballot to take to the voting booth. If precinct officials are unable to locate your registration record, you may be asked to vote a provisional ballot. Voter must return provisional ballot in the sealed envelope to precinct official. FREE to Residents, Businesses and Organizations throughout our Community. For More Information Call 910-484-6200 Pick Yours Up Today! Welcome to Radio & TV Stations 18 Month Calendar Local Festivals County Libraries Area Health Facilities Schools Public & Private Parks & Recreation Universities & Colleges Frequently Called Numbers City Welcome Mayor Nat Robertson Darsweil Rogers John Meroski President of Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Live Theatres Museums & Galleries Local Annual Events Town of Hope Mills & Hope Mills Chamber Cumberland County Schools Dr. Frank Till Cumberland County Commissioner Glenn B. Adams

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