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1"111~ (~UINL'II" VALIA~ POST-REGISTER VJkL L LEGTIONS O CTOBEn 30, ~003 5 ELECTIONS TUESDAY, NO VEMEBER 4 City Council- Position No. 1 4-year term i Keith Pa~ ~stine Budgetary shortfall in current expense. We don't have the we once did. Seven questions for council candidates What's the biggest problem facing the city? to workwith the Port on the intermodal project well: ..... I think it will be great for the city. I expect it to create jobs wtunities. I look forward to working to the of the project. What is the one priority you would like to work on in the next four years? The intermodal project is expected to be well underway in the next year. How do you think this will impact the city? Do you think Quincy should have a City Administrator? t project, I think the city supports business. We could do more by Is the City of Quincy supportive of businesses? cooperating with the Chamber to support business. ilii iI have voted "no' onmany citytaxesi i thinkthey Do you think city taxes are too high, too low or just right? ~ .,: .ili< live within our means asa ci~i think Quincy will change for the better with more jobs and How do you think Quincy will change in the next four years? services. Scott B. Lybbert I think there are tvv, o - the lack of diversification of the city's economy and I don t see a melding of the Hispanic and Anglo cultures. Fillin.g up some empty stores, If you are not growing, you remain stagnant .... Slightly at first. But there is potential as the Port District secures more tenants. As far as I can tell, I kind of like where the city is going now. I have never been a business owner here, but it appears to be good for large businesses, but not so for smaller businesses. I think they are just right. There are always going to be changes in taxes as neec[s are met, I,m not pro+t~ elther; I think it will grow-mostly because of the intermodal project. But I worry about the downtown core and its continued development. Hospital District No. 2 Commissioner- Position No. 2 6-year term Evan Landin Anthony Gonzalez Local usage of the hospital. It's important for people to vote for our levies and commissioners, but it's more important they vote with their dollars by using our facilities. The finances. With today's economy there are a number of people with health insurance and many with no insurance. We are seeing an increase in uninsured clientele. I'm sorry we lost our O B/ GYN. We have also lost our surgery capability. I would like those two services returned. I would like to offer pediatrics and an 13B department right now. I think levies will be a regular occurrence for the next few years. Conversion to Rural Access will help our situation and in a few years regular levies may not be necessary. The ambulance service Yes, in the current status. I feel that down the road when the hospital is stabilized financially, it should be self-sufficient. is going to continue in Quincy. The only question is whether it would be operated by the hospital or the fire district. The hospital board views it as the most important service we offer. Number 1, it is a needed entity. It's an important part of the emergency medical field. We need to stabilize the finances of the ambulance service. We should seek grants to make it more feasible. I would say the current list of services and providers will continue as long as our revenue allows. If our revenues decline, the options for cutting further services will probably be unpopular. I don't see where they can cut any more. I feel there thas been enough cutting to stabilize the budget process. The people. At QuincyHospitalthey know you by name. Your opinion of the hospital is important to our employees. The employees. The ones I have come into contact with are tops. They are courteous and get the job done. The quality is the best. Two things. First of all, we need to develop an administrative team that really cares for our employees and patients. Secondly, we need to be competitive in salaries and benefits for our employees. The administrator and his office seem to have excellent contacts in finding help. We can help the administrator bring people to the Quincy area so they can see the area for themselves. To retain them, we need to be competitive in pay scales and benefits with surrounding hospitals. _ Come see us at: nl Ivy Cl~pd L.m 164 D St. ~W G'5 Nov. 7th 12 9 p.m. Nov. 8th 10 6 p.m. From Our House to Yours Grant County Fire District #3 Fire and Life Safety Facility Bond 3.5 Million Dollars- 20 Years The new Fire and Life Safey facility was designed for longevity and to meet the needs/safety standards for the Fire District. Grant County Taxpayers will be assessed 53 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Centralization from 3 facilities to 1 facility will reduce response time and increase staff efficiency. Faclilitate the Ambulance Service if requested. Accommodate a sleeper/resident program at no cost to Taxpayers with coverage 24 hours- 7 days a week. Provide a training center large enough for Firefighters to meet their State required Continuing Education Units. Provide Firefighters a safer work environment and conform to safety standards. The City of Quincy currently contracts for Fire Protection/Code Enforcement and will continue to pay for these services. Monies not spent on the construction of the new Fire and Life Safety Facility will be paid to the loan, to reduce the debt. Dino A. Cacchiotti D.D.S., M.S. Orthodontics 201 H St. S.E. 787-1324 Philip W. Seaberg D.D.S. Gregory C. Klingle Jay W. Magnuson D.D.S. D.D.S. General Dentistry General Dentistry 520 E St. S.W. 201 H St. S.E. 787-4531 787-1507 Goins the extra "smile" foryou!