BtN Candidate Questionnaire: Dionne Cannon Merritt
1.) Please describe the duties, as you see them, of holding the seat of which you are seeking and how you plan to fulfill those responsibilities.
City Council members work for the citizens of Morgantown. People need to feel comfortable talking to a city council member. I am very approachable and anyone that knows me knows that I enjoy talking. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find out and get back with you.
Presently, I feel that people have lost faith in our city council. I plan to encourage people to come to the meetings and get involved with the city government. The council members need input from all individuals in our community. Social media and texting is a wonderful way to get the word out about meetings and to request information and ideas.
City Council members need to promote unity. All members need to consider what is in the best interest of Morgantown and the citizens of Morgantown.
City Council members need to be involved in ALL aspects of our community. BE seen, BE active, and BE involved. City Council members need to be seen at community events and at the ballpark. Being a city council member isn’t just about getting together once a month. It is about showing your city that you care about the events and activities in our community. Citizens take notice when the people that they elected do not show up at community events or at the park.
2.) What do you feel is the #1 issue that needs to be addressed in Morgantown/Butler County? If elected, what specific steps will you take to address this issue?
The #1 issue that needs to be address is “GROWTH”. Growth comes in many different facets. Growth comes through jobs. I am extremely happy for the jobs that Morgantown currently has, however people are still locating elsewhere to live because of the better paying jobs.
Growth can also come from competition. We need a competitor grocery store. Citizens choose to go elsewhere to buy their groceries because of the lack of competition and better prices of groceries.
In order to have growth, city council members, need to be proactive. We shouldn’t depend 100% on the industrial recruiter.
3.) What do you see as Morgantown/Butler County’s greatest asset? How do you plan to expose and promote this positive feature?
Butler County’s greatest asset is location. We are located 20 minutes from Bowling Green and 45 minutes from Owensboro which are in the top 5 largest cities in the state of Kentucky. With this asset we should be able to feed off a larger company.
4.) Where do you see Morgantown/Butler County in five years?
I would like to see some of the building on main street being able to be utilized. Our main street would be more of an asset if there were boutique or antiques stores. I would also like for the city to come up with a compromise with the bank that owns the Pamida building so that it maybe utilized also. I would also like to see something for families to do such as a small movie theater or bowling alley.
5.) What qualifications do you believe you possess that would make you qualified for the position you are seeking?
I am very outgoing and approachable. I am involved in MES PTO. I have been involved with the Butler County Little League and have participated in Butler County Chamber events. I am a hard worker and I want to do what’s best for our city.
6.) What role, if any, do you feel technology has in the future of Morgantown/Butler County? (High speed internet, 3G cellular service, virtual presence of our city/county, etc…)
Morgantown has to keep up with technology. Companies not only look at our demographics but also look at our website. Technology is the future and in order for Morgantown to grow we have to keep up with technological advances.