This week, we will be introducing candidates for the 4th District seat on the Lee's Summit City Council. By means of introduction, your Link 2 Lee's Summit has asked each candidate a series of questions as it relates to the business and economic growth of the city. Today, we introduce the Chris Moreno.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: How do you feel the business environment has changed since the opening of the Development Center two years at City Hall?
Mr. Moreno: I think that it has created an environment that has provided a stronger passion by our city leaders and business community toward seeing startups and local businesses grow and succeed.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: What role do you see the City Council playing in the community's economic development endeavors?
Mr. Moreno: The City Council is vital to our city's economic development and community success. Lee's Summit is now past the "explosion growth" phase. This next council will have to make very tough financial decisions to ensure our city remains a first class community. Our city, and the 4th District, cannot afford to elect someone like my opponent that truly believes Lee's Summit's growth and economic development success is part of a United Nations conspiracy. We must have a common sense council that works together in the coming years to ensure Lee's Summit remains a safe, beautiful and amazing place to live and work.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: What is economic development to you? How do you define it?
Mr. Moreno: Economic Development is the creation of jobs and businesses that are crucial to the growth, development and sustaining of a strong and vibrant community.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: As the Charter Review Commission looks at our City Charter, what, if any, changes to the Charter would you like to see made?
Mr. Moreno: There are many good things about our charter, and there are many opportunities for improvement. I will let the body appointed by the current council make this decision. That said, any charter approved should ensure a transparent and accountable municipal government.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: What is the most fulfilling volunteer, board, commission or committee task you've performed in Lee's Summit in the last year, and why?
Mr. Moreno: Over the last several years, I have been appointed to the Lee's Summit Redistricting Committee and the 360 Economic Development Committee. Over the past year, I would have to say that the most rewarding volunteer opportunity I have had, has been volunteering my time helping coach baseball and basketball. I also take great pride in volunteering my time to successfully push for additional funding for two more ambulance units, and an across the board policy change in Lee's Summit ensuring that every fire station must have a paramedic on staff at all times.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: If elected, which liaison assignments would you seek?
Mr. Moreno: There will be a lot of big decisions by this council and city in the coming years. I am excited about several topics, but haven't really made a decision at this time. My focus is the April 5th election.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: Day to day, what is the single most important quality of a city council member?
Mr. Moreno: I think that the most important quality of a City Council member is the ability to ask questions, gather and examine all of the facts, and work with everyone on the City Council to find common sense solutions for our entire city.