HOWARD’S GOALS FOR EATON COUNTY AS COMMISSIONER IN 2013
My GOALS and Priorities for my first year on the Commission are:
1. Bring about greater diversity and promote greater EEO opportunities in county
The 2010 US Census data shows that Delta Township is quickly becoming a pretty diverse
community. The census data shows that Delta Township where the 4th District is located
is one of the more diverse areas in mid-
2. Encourage economic development in Eaton county and economic development in Delta
Eaton county has a good set of human and natural resources to support greater economic
development and growth which will benefit us all. Historical investment by large
3. Facilitate an expansion of public transportation services throughout Eaton County
and in Delta Township to establish fixed routes and services. A good public transportation
system encourages economic development and significantly enhances the life quality
of many of the residents of Eaton County -
The topic of public transportation has been before the citizens of Eaton County on more than one occasion in the past few years. The voters recently renewed a millage to support continuation of basic EATRAN public transportation services. I would like to see those services enhanced and expanded.
A fixed service route between Charlotte and the Lansing/Delta Township area would
contribute to greater cohesion and interaction between residents of Eaton County
who live in areas which are not close or adjacent to each other. That expanded public
transportation system would also benefit us all by allowing residents in other areas
of the county to have better and regular cheap access to shopping areas and work
areas in other regions of the county -
I especially support the establishment of a fixed public transportation route with regular schedules which provides better access between the large apartment complexes adjacent to the Saginaw Highway corridor, the Canal Road corridor, and the businesses along those corridors in Delta Township. Greater collaboration between EATRAN and CATA would enhance economic development and growth by promoting regularly scheduled access to the Lansing Mall, the Marketplace Blvd shopping area, large businesses such as Walmart, Meijers, and Krogers, the Delta Township Library, and the numerous hotels near the intersections of Canal Road and Saginaw Highway.
Eaton County and Delta Township residents should have a reliable and regularly scheduled public transportation option which will allow them to interact with CATA services to access shopping areas in Delta Township, as well as downtown Lansing where many Eaton County residents work or visit. Expanded public transportation should also give Eaton County residents greater regular access to LCC, and East Lansing – including public transportation access to MSU and the athletic and performing arts activities on the MSU campus!
In 2010 the County and Delta Township commissioned a consulting study which explored the benefits of a public transportation system for Eaton County and Delta Township. A copy of that study, entitled “Proposed Public Transportation Plan” by Grimes Transportation Consulting, LLC, is available for review on the board issues page of this website. Follow the link to the site page entitled Public Transportation Issues.
4. Work with our newly elected Sheriff to make sure that Eaton County and Delta Township remain safe places to live, work, and play. I have encouraged the Sheriff to begin a review of ways to increase diversity in the composition of the staff in the Sheriff’s department and the County Jail. I especially intend to encourage the Sheriff to take steps to enhance the diversity of his staff serving the residents of the 4th District here in Delta Township.
As funding sources are identified, I would like to see the Sheriff’s department expand
it community policing roles to interact with residents and our children to instill
better understanding and respect for law enforcement in the County -
The safety and protection of Eaton County residents is one of the most important functions of our county government. I am pleased to serve on the Public Safety committee of of the Eaton County Board of Commissioners. For additional information relating to these initiatives, click on the link to view the Public Safety and Courts website page.
5. Keep costs to tax payers down while prioritizing services to assure fair distribution
of government resources throughout the county. Like other residents of Eaton County,
I cringe when I pay Eaton County taxes each year -
I am committed to taking actions to keep the taxes and expenses of Eaton County residents reasonable. Hopefully my votes and actions while on the Commission will be those of an advocate for reasonable, constrained expenditures of the Eaton County tax revenues. But that constraint will hopefully be balanced by a need to make sure that county government provides services which our residents want and need.
I am learning more about the infrastructure needs of Eaton County. I am sure that
we all enjoy and benefit from safe roads and public facilities. I am committed to
taking actions that maintain our roads and county infrastructure. I am supportive
of present efforts to enhance the Eaton County Park system -
7. Encourage Eaton County agribusiness initiatives. Eaton County farms and agriculture businesses contribute significantly to the well being of residents here in Eaton County. We are blessed to have many hard working farmers and persons in the agriculture business within our community who not only provide us with plentiful nutritious foods at reasonable prices, but who also bring many dollars into Eaton County in support of our overall economic development and well being.
While agriculture initiatives are not my personal background and I have limited experience
in agribusiness issues, I recognize the importance of this sector of the Eaton County
economy. I plan to follow the lead of other Eaton County Commissioners who are more
experienced in this area and to be supportive of all cost-
8, Bring a fair share return of Federal Government and State Government Resources back to Eaton County.
Eaton County residents have long paid at least a fair share of the tax burdens of this country and state. I am committed to Eaton County government taking steps to assure that a fair share of the benefits and projects funded by federal and state tax dollars are returned to Eaton County to benefit our residents and to enhance economic growth.
9. Make decisions as an Eaton County Commissioner which enhance fairness in the
workplace, including fair decisions affecting collective bargaining and compensation
of workers in this county -
I support Eaton County Commission initiatives which “Protect Working Families,” and which maintain fair and balanced interaction between workers and employers in workplaces here in Eaton County.
10. Maintain a viable and meaningful safety net and system to protect the health and welfare of residents of Eaton County.
I am on the Eaton County Board of Commissioners Committee on Human Services. That
committee and related assignments focus on protecting the health and welfare of Eaton
County residents -
To see some of the initiatives of Eaton County which relate to this goal, follow the link to the Human Services page on this website.
11. Be productive and helpful to the governing process, and to my fellow Eaton County Commissioners as they work with me to try to make decisions and reach outcomes which are in the best interests of ALL the people of Eaton County.
While I am a Democrat elected to a partisan position on the Eaton County Board of
Commissioners, I hope to reach out to all my fellow Commissioners to reach goals
which are more public policy oriented and less partisan. My goal is to inform myself
on issues being considered, to be supportive of the goals of my colleagues where
possible, to make decisions which I believe are in the best interest of Eaton County
as a whole -
As your newly elected Commissioner for the 4th District in Eaton County, I have identified a number of “goals” which I hope to lead the Commission in addressing in 2013. Those goals are, of course, subject to change as the year progresses. Some of these goals may not be fully achieved during the time I am representing the 4th District on the Eaton County Board of Commissioners. But I want, with your help and support, to start working towards achieving these important goals.
I solicit and would appreciate your comments and suggestions relating to Goals for
Eaton County. Your input and suggestions may result in adding goals or re-
At this point in time my 2013 goals as an Eaton County Commissioner are:
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