Interview with Bel Air Town Commissioner candidate Gregory Adolph:
As part of The Dagger’s coverage of the Town of Bel Air’s municipal election on Nov. 3, the following questions were presented to each candidate for town commissioner.
The five questions (bolded and boxed) were chosen to generate discussion on specific topics. The candidates’ answers have been included verbatim as received by email or reported following an interview.
1.) In short, who are you and why are you running for Bel Air Town Commissioner?
1.) I am Gregory Adolph, a 26-year old civil engineer in Belcamp, MD. I have lived my whole life in Bel Air and have been a Town resident for over 5 years. I have quickly found the importance, in my young adult life, for structure and accountability in and organization. I made a resolution this year to become more involved. More involved professionally, socially, and politically. I was elected to the Board of Directors at Moores Mill Manor, which has made me more in-tune with town policy and direction. As a candidate, I am committed to Bel Air’s Future through honest representation with taxpayers interests in mind.
2.) The town budget has more than doubled this decade. How do you feel this has benefited the town, and how would you handle the budget as commissioner?
2.) I assure thorough analysis of the Town budget. In this economic climate, there are greater demands on the consumers and citizens who have fewer resources on which to draw. My pledge is due diligence and tough decision making on budgetary expenses. I will treat the budget of Bel Air much the same as my personal budget to keep money in the taxpayers’ pockets.
3.) The commissioners recently voted to table plans to renovate the town hall. Do you support renovations, and how can the town manage costs and facility shortcomings?
3.) I support long-term efforts to renovate and/or relocate Town Hall, especially the Police Department, however, now is not the time to discuss such an expensive capital project. To make a fiscally responsible decision, the Commissioners will need to contrast proposals for type, size, and location with the maximum benefit for the Town. In the interim, the facilities should be maintained to provide an adequate, safe working environment for all users.
4.) The town recently completed a renovation of Main Street. Do you feel this has benefited the community, and how should the town handle the logistical problems or improve the town economy in the future?
4.) I believe the renovations to Main Street offer, in the long term, great improvements to the viability of this corridor. While providing a significant aesthetic improvement, the renovations offer better logistical and planning opportunities for a variety of businesses. Street side parking is enhanced, pedestrian safety is improved, and Main Street is again a central attraction to Bel Air. Clearly to re-vitalize the Main Street corridor, the Town must lower the standing vacancy rate. Bel Air must appeal to the needs of business owners and formulate a strategy which will bring business back to Main Street.
5.) Why do you think you are a better choice for town commissioner than either of the incumbents?
5.) I suggest Bel Air needs fresh ideas, thoughts, and actions to carry ourselves onward. I pledge our voters an open mind with the best interest of Bel Air’s future as my only agenda. Each of the standing commissioners began their political career at a place and a time; now is the time for our next generation to respond to the challenges which lie ahead.