The 7/11 issue has us very concerned. What does Mike plan to do regarding safety and security in the area?
Mike has spent an extensive amount of time reviewing the 7/11 situation, and crime in Ward 6 in general. There’s no easy solution to resolving that issue, but here are a few thoughts that he’s discussed:
- Build a stronger, organized town watch. The best offense is a good defense, and if word gets out that North Hills has a well-organized town watch program that patrols on a regular basis, this may serve as an intimidation factor for potential criminals.
- Move the VASCAR (traffic speed) monitoring location. Moving APD from the firehouse to an area that allows them to monitor both the 7/11 and traffic concurrently is a relatively simple solution. Potential location: Central Avenue.
- Work with the township to investigate appropriate lighting levels and potential security camera solutions.
- Work with neighboring townships to investigate whether overlapping patrols (Cheltenham, Springfield, and Upper Dublin) are a possibility. This would increase police manpower in the area, and bolster the intimidation factor.
We’re very concerned with traffic in our neighborhood. How does Mike plan on handling speeders and traffic safety?
Mike’s experience as an architect with a major engineering and architecture firm has him working alongside traffic and civil engineers on a regular basis. Over the years, Mike has learned the process as it relates to dealing with township boards and PENNDOT in order to procure the proper studies and develop solutions to make our neighborhoods safer. Mike is very aware of the high rate of speed by drivers through our neighborhoods, inconsistent traffic patterns, and a relatively low regard for pedestrian safety. He is highly motivated by his own children to work on resolving those issues. Notably, Mike has pointed out previously that our neighborhoods were developed in a time before the smart phone existed. As pedestrian deaths increase as a result of distracted drivers, the importance of re-evaluating our traffic patterns and traffic safety procedures is more critical than ever before.
Mike’s campaign postcard noted an interest to build a North Hills Civic Association. What exactly does he mean by that?
A number of communities within Abington have civic associations. The civic association allows for regular meetings with neighborhood representatives in order to hear about ongoing concerns within Ward 6. Mike would attend these meetings, and represent those concerns to the Township Board of Commissioners on a regular basis.
Why is he running? Is this a Trump thing?
No. Mike is the father of two young children, and he made up his mind to run prior to last year’s election. His interests are fairly simple- work on developing and maintaining a neighborhood that is safe, secure, and as kid friendly as possible. He wants this community to be truly as great as possible for his kids to grow up in.
How does being an architect help him lead the Ward?
As an architect, Mike has spent the past 10 years working on education projects in the public sector, namely state funded projects. Mike has become well versed in the state mandated procurement process, and has developed a solid understanding of the risks involved with that process, risks that he would be looking to mitigate on the Board. Additionally, Mike’s experience as a planner will provide the Board with valuable insight into the direction of the Township over the next decade or two, as it relates to economic and population growth, and planning measures that would need to be implemented to accommodate those growths.
What are Mike's thoughts on protecting the environment?
Mike passed all nine of his architectural registration exams in 2008, and received his professional license that same year, allowing him to become a full member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). As a registered architect, and an AIA member, two responsibilities are highlighted of utmost priority- protecting the lives of those whom inhabit the spaces that we design, and providing that space in a manner that is environmentally responsible. Despite the current Administration's stance that we withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the AIA took the following position, which Mike fully supports and stands by in his daily practice of architecture-
Additionally, Mike is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). What does this mean??? Well, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. He attained this accreditation in 2008, and has been upholding its principals ever since. Currently, Mike is working on a project targeting LEED Gold. For more information on this environmental design rating system, see the following link- http://www.usgbc.org/leed