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Matthew G. Schulz for Kirtland City Council

Matthew G. Schulz for Kirtland City Council

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Published by The News-Herald
Election questionnaire for Kirtland City Council candidate Matthew G. Schulz
Election questionnaire for Kirtland City Council candidate Matthew G. Schulz

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Published by: The News-Herald on Oct 21, 2013
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The News-Herald
Date questionnaire completed: __9/23/2013_ 
Election Questionnaire
Office sought: _Kirtland City, Council atLargePolitical party: _Kirtland City Council race is non-partisan____________________________ Name: _Matthew G.Schulz_____________________________________________________________________ Age: _42______ Date of birth: __05/20/1971______ Place of birth: _Cleveland,Ohio__________ Home address: _10664 Chillicothe Road__________________________________________ Length of residence in that community: _10+ years__________ Twitter: ______________________ Facebook: ____________________ Campaign Web site: ___________________________________ Occupation: _Transportation Engineer, Project Manager Employer: _ Ohio Department of  TransportationBusiness address: _5500 Transportation Blvd. Garfield, Ohio_______________________________ Elected office experience: ______________________________________________________________  __1 - 4 year term as Kirtland City, Council at Large 12/1/2009-Present____________________________ 
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Non-elected office experience (boards, etc.): _____________________________________________ __Served as Deacon and Deacon Treasurer for 6 years at Kirtland Christian Fellowship __Adjunct Professor at Lakeland Community College – Engineering Technology____________________  ___________________________________________________________________________________ 
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Education (Please only list schools you’ve graduated from and list degrees if applicable): __Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering – University of Akron,1996_____________________________  __Certificate in Surveying Technology – University of Akron, 2004_________________________  __Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio___________________________________  ___________________________________________________________________________________ 
Marital status: _Married_________________ Name of spouse: __Katarina Schulz___________ Name and age of any children: _Hannah (16), Sarah (12), Aaron (9), Isabella (8) all inKirtland Schools_____  ___________________________________________________________________________________  ___________________________________________________________________________________ Organizations: _______________________________________________________________________  _Kirtland Boosters_____________________________________________________________________ Kirtland PTA_________________________________________________________________________ Kirtland Cub Scouts__________________________________________________ __ Former Kirtland Rec. Baseball Coach___________________ ______________________________ 
Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improveor further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:1. . Due to the success and popularity of our growing school district, sporting programs andafter school activities, pedestrian traffic from overflow parking at the shopping center hasincreased. As a licensed professional engineer I will pursue funding for a safety study topotentially implement a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk in the vicinity of the high schoolfootball stadium. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Work alongside stakeholders on a plan to safely and effectively continue to improve theCity’s recreation park behind the school campus. Pursue funding in the 2014 budget for acomprehensive planning study regarding the City’s Chardon Road park property(28+acres). Request that Council and the Administration pursue three grants I identified toaid in the construction costs. The first being the “Land and Water Conservation Fund,” the“Recreational Trails Program” and the “Clean Ohio Trail Fund”. ___________________________________________________________________________________ 3. With the sanitary sewer project complete pursue economic development in the Historic Town District and work with stakeholders for affordable senior housing. ____________________________________________________________________________________  ____________________________________________________________________________________ Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?I ask for my fellow citizens’ vote and trust for a second term because of my knowledge andbackground as a Transportation Engineer at the Ohio Department of Transportation. Withflat revenues, state funding cuts to our local government fund and ever increasinginflationary costs on the city, my expertise in the field of roadway engineering and plandevelopment is an invaluable asset to the city. I will continue to bring the State of Ohio’sbest management practices (BMP’s) all while continually identifying grant funding sourcesfor Council and the Administration to consider. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 
Past Term Accomplishments:
Council as a whole has approved yearly operating budgets that have been responsible andprudent. The city’s bond rating is top tier which allows us to borrow money at veryfavorable rates. Over the last 4 years Council has overseen the retirement of several debtnotes and saved the city interest charges by refinancing existing debt notes at rates as lowas 1%! Council has been an excellent steward of YOUR taxpayer dollars.City infrastructure projects completed during my term include the sanitary sewer projectthru the Historic Town District, Tibbetts Road paving and drainage improvements, SperryRoad and (SR 6) Chardon Road intersection improvements, SR 306 widening/resurfacingand signalization improvements near Lakeland Community College. (SR 6) Chardon Roadresurfacing and drainage improvements, additional parking at the recreation park behindthe school campus and a new waste water treatment plant at the Community Center. Taxpayer saving efficiencies gained in my term include: 2011 – City entered into HealthInsurance Regionalization Program for city employee health benefits savings. In 2012

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