Sustainability – Canton township leaders should move toward keeping pace with state-of-the-art technology. Policies that foster renewable energy initiatives, integrate smart-cell technology, and create a zero-net-carbon footprint for township operations all support the goal of sustainability while maintaining the Township’s existing energy infrastructure. By maximizing land use with low-density housing and approving spaces for retail/industrial developments, Canton leadership also must enhance walkability, bicycle accessibility, mobile-device friendliness, public-transport and transportation supportive developments.
Attractiveness – With its alluring parks and highly-ranked school system, Canton is an attractive place to live, work, play and go to school. Our township has amazing public parks, hiking and biking trails, and even a dedicated park for our dogs. In order to maintain Canton’s big-sky views, local leadership should back a Green Space Initiative by creating a park in each neighborhood so that each green space is accessible within ten minutes on foot or mobility device for every resident. Our schools receive high ratings every year and continue to offer an enhanced curriculum to young students. In addition, the school I attended, Schoolcraft College, offers a wide selection of quality coursework to Canton students and residents. By maintaining this attractiveness, we will gain high-tech jobs, new trade jobs, garner quality residents, and enhance our vibrant community.
Inclusion – Canton officials have a civic responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Currently, Canton leaders are working on compliance, however, coordination with Wayne County officials has slowed the process in several areas such as obtaining right-of-way passages for missing sidewalks and ramps, and also installing smart traffic signals for pedestrians with disabilities. As one Canton resident stated "…the spirit of the law is to ensure independent, barrier-free living."
Diversity – Creating a Welcoming Community for all by enacting a Human Rights Protection Ordinance. Canton's diversity brings strength to the community and I will work, door by door, to build a stronger community that spotlights our cultural diversity to bring our residents closer together.
Please help me get this message out to the residents of Canton Township.
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