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ISSUES & PRIORITIES

Here are some of my priorities, should I have the honor to serve you as the next Mayor of Irving. If you have specific questions about these or other topics, please email me (rick@rickleads.com) or call me at (972) 399-6793, and I would be happy to answer your questions.

I am responsible to you, the voter, and want to make sure I am listening to your concerns and what will make your life and that of your family and friends – or your business – better in our great city.

Keeping Irving Moving (and Flowing)

One of the top challenges for Irving is the condition of our roadways and water and sewer lines. We are underway on the reconstruction of SH 183, SH 114 and Loop 12 – projects that were on the drawing board for more than 20 years. It is time now to focus on our neighborhood streets and arterials. The City’s “Road to the Future,” is a step in the right direction, along with issuing additional bonds to support road rehabilitation and reconstruction.

As for our older water and sewer lines, it’s critical that we keep issuing water bonds, and coordinate replacement with road rehabilitation, so we don’t tear up the roads twice.

Capitalizing on Opportunities for Smart Growth

We have made significant progress with the completion of Water Street and the Irving Music Factory around the corner. We are bringing online new dining, entertainment, lodging, office, retail and housing options that will capture the interest of tourists and business travelers from across the country and around the globe, while providing world-class amenities for our residents and businesses.

Our corporate sector continues to grow, which is essential as our business community accounts for 73 percent of our tax revenues. The Verizon transit-oriented development and development of the former Texas Stadium site are two unparalleled opportunities for our great city to further develop its brand as a destination city.

We need to turn our attention to redevelopment opportunities and beautification projects in South Irving. Housing starts are underway, and new businesses are moving to the Heritage District, but we need to continue with initiatives that will enhance the Irving Blvd. corridor and clean up blight that hurts property values and quality of life for residents.

Ensuring the Safety of our Neighborhoods and Businesses

Irving has invested heavily in police and fire, with the addition of new police beats and the construction of a new fire station. What I hear most from residents and businesses that I’ve met with, is that they are frustrated with the code enforcement process that does not protect their places of business or their homes. 

Engaging All Residents and Businesses in Dialogue

Every resident and business – north, south, east and west – has great value to our city, but many feel left out of the loop, their voices not heard. As Mayor, I want our city to greatly improve its two-way communication with neighborhoods and businesses large and small.

I will commit to visiting with different neighborhoods each month, to better understand their unique concerns. I will meet regularly with small business owners, so many of whom represent the “heart” of Irving, and I will continue outreach with CEOs of our corporate community to get them more engaged and invested in our community, in our non-profit organizations, in education.

I will champion reinvesting in ICTN to bring it back to its former state as a leader in reporting on community issues, special events and residents and businesses of note. A stronger focus on digital communications, including social media, is needed to keep pace with our increasingly global, tech-oriented community.

Doing What’s Right for Irving

I pledge to conduct city business in the most fiscally responsible and transparent manner possible. No cloak and dagger routine – just honesty, integrity and accountability. I pledge to make decisions that are right for Irving: We are a complex, diverse city of 230,000+ residents that has opportunities we can capitalize on and challenges we can overcome if we work collaboratively towards what is best for all of Irving.

 

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