Gardiner P. Bink III - D
Occupation: Children’s Author
Occupation: Children’s Author
- What is (should be) the county’s role in economic and workforce development?
I feel that the County Council can help guide the cities within Hamilton County to work together to continue to grow and develop. As Hamilton County is continuing their substantial growth, continually adding more citizens, businesses and jobs, I believe the cities should be working in unison to develop. This will provide for the greatest benefit to all of the cities and citizens. We need to be forward thinking to ensure that we are preparing our communities for this growth with the least amount of burden on our current citizens and infrastructure.
- Where are opportunities for deeper cooperation and collaboration between the County and our Cities?
Right now, I feel that each city works separately from one another. There is a great opportunity to achieve much greater growth and success if we start to work together to plan infrastructure, jobs and community engagement.
- As our cities become more urban and their needs evolve, how should the County’s role evolve to meet these needs:
Hamilton County has a great opportunity to work together to develop. I believe we need to hire outside professionals to look at the county and develop overall plans for the entire county, not just looking at individual cities the way we have thus far. That way, we can be intentional about the development in our county to have the future in mind. We are a community of interconnected cities and the residents consistently travel between the cities, so why not start to plan the development with that in mind instead of every city for themselves approach.
- What is your vision for our northern communities of Sheridan, Cicero, and Arcadia? What is the County’s role in the growth and diversification of these communities?
As an elected official, it is my responsibility to represent all my constituents equally. Just as my intent to represent both Democrats and Republics equally, I feel that we must look to represent and include all cities when making decisions. Hamilton County is made up a good mix of both rural and urban residents. I feel that this is too often forgotten when looking at new projects and initiatives and we need to continue to think of everyone and how it impacts them going forward. I am committed to representing all for the benefit of Hamilton County. The overall needs of these residents are the same: good education for all children, good medical care for all, good roads for efficient transportation for commuters, residents, and the transport of goods of both merchandise and farm goods. Our needs are the same and we need to have this view for the betterment of the county and take care of everyone.
- How would you characterize/prioritize the role of the County in public safety?
Our first responders risk their lives for their community every day. I pledge to provide these public safety officers with the budget for the necessary resources to reduce the risk during emergencies, epidemics, among their other daily responsibilities. Additionally, I plan to focus on ensuring these members of our community have the necessary resources they need to ensure both their physical and mental health is taken care of. I want to make sure that our county is prepared to not simply fight but to also recover from the current epidemic. Once we are safely through it, I plan to make a large push to further improve our defenses and responses to fighting future epidemics with much greater agility and providing our first responders as well as our medical staff with the proper needs to handle these situations. It’s not just enough to deal with these situations when they come up, we need to work to greater prepare and anticipate future epidemics.
- What are your top three infrastructure priorities? How can the County best support our cities and towns with their infrastructure needs?
Our county has had significant growth in the last 10 years. Our current roads and infrastructures have struggled to keep up with the increase in residents and commuters. I plan to explore options to create more public transportation options across all cities in Hamilton County. Additionally, we need to stay ahead of the growth and develop our roads to allow for efficient and safe travel for all residents and commuters. In addition to the development of our roads, we must also maintain our current infrastructure, so that we won’t have future infrastructure problems.
- Many Hamilton County residents are unfamiliar with the role of County Council. Statutorily County Council primary role is the appropriating body. How can this responsibility be best used to continue the advancement of the county and each of our cities and towns?
Currently, each city thinks and operates separately from one another with no real cross-planning or communication for the development of our county. I feel there is a great opportunity for the Hamilton County Council to provide leadership and guidance to bridge the communication between cities to promote development of all of Hamilton County together. By working together, we can improve Hamilton County overall for all of our residents.