We lack honest Leadership in the office of Mayor
Recently a negative piece was sent out about me indicating that I voted NO for Police and Fire. The council votes on the entire budget and not specifically on Police and Fire. How would anyone not support their Police and Fire departments? Both departments are essential part of ensuring the quality and safety of our community.
It’s Time for Change in Leadership
A leader with the experience & the integrity to make our hometown better.
I am running for Mayor because I want Rochester Hills to continue to be a strong residential community, and to be a place where our kids and grandkids want to return to – to live, work, and raise a family.
- Taxes have gone up by 7.66% in 2015.
- I opposed the tax increase of 2.5 mills in 2012.
- I plan to repurpose expiring millages for local road enhancement, as opposed to increasing taxes.
- I will eliminate current, frivolous spending such as contracts with lobbyists and using city resources for personal promotion, travel and marketing.
- I will continue the rolling 3 year budget plan to allow for continuous improvement.
- Preserve our quality of life assets by preserving parks exclusively for recreational use, protecting our rivers, and including the historic district in the master plan.
- Develop a revitalization plan for South of M-59 to improve housing, infrastructure and economic development.
- Assign one officer for each district to work closely with homeowners association(s) and businesses.
- A proactive and collaborative partnership for problem solving between city government, law enforcement, residents and business community to increase effectiveness, efficiency and personal relationship, and to preserve and sustain a safe community.
- Initiate, develop and follow a true strategic plan by drawing on the collective experiences of the community.
- Development of dashboards for residents to see financial activity, vital city stats, specific outcomes in various city services, and to give input on various issues.
- Positive change is more likely to occur when we listen and engage the community.
- Develop a plan to attract appropriate businesses to build our tax base, and provide for opportunities to revitalize existing commercial properties while maintaining the community’s character.
- Be part of the regional economic development plan. Expand our economic development program to include the future adjustments required for the changing demographics including investment to retain older adults (aging in place) and continue to attract the millennials and future generations.
- Increasing the recycling efforts and build towards the goal of sending zero waste to the landfill.
- Changing the recycling pickups to bi-weekly, reducing the truck drive through the city contributing to reduced costs to residents and impact on local roads.
- Bidding out every five years to increase competition for better service.
- Creating a mechanism for disposing of batteries, bulbs and unused medicine through common collection areas.
- Testing and assessing the landfill for any methane or other leakages and developing a safety plan.
“The Mayor shall be prohibited from seeking reelection as Mayor after having served two full consecutive terms as the Mayor or having been elected twice to that particular office in consecutive city elections.”
I will introduce a ballot proposal to eliminate the ambiguity and strengthen the term limits.
The Mayor signed a lease on city parks and cemetery for Oil and Gas drill in January 2013. This occurred despite the fact that residents passed a parks amendment, in 2011, stating “The City shall not engage in the lease, sale, exchange or unauthorized use of City-owned Park or open space without first receiving voter approval for such lease, sale, exchange or nonauthorized use.” (http://oaklandice.org/2014/09/28/an-open-letter-to-the-residents-of-rochester-hills-ravi-yalamanchi/)
BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER … THE BEST IS YET TO COME
After serving eight years as a Council Member for Rochester Hills and Treasurer and Commissioner of OPC, it is truly an honor to be a candidate for Mayor of our wonderful city – Rochester Hills. The premise of my candidacy is about community engagement, providing honest and trusted leadership with integrity.
Candidate for Mayor Announcement
For the past seventeen years, I have been a proud resident of the city of Rochester Hills and I am committed to giving back to my community that has given me so much: a safe, wonderful home to share with my wife and raise our daughter, and neighborhoods, parks, and schools that have allowed us to establish meaningful friendships with people like you. Over the years, I have had the privilege of being actively engaged with Avondale Youth Assistance, Paint Creek Trailways, Green Space, OPC, Friends of the Paint Creek Trailways, and Neighborhood House. These organizations thrive because of the many who volunteer their time, energy and resources. I am constantly impressed by their commitment, their generosity, and passion for enhancing the quality of life in our community.
As A Council Member
Initiated the discussion in developing a Strategic Plan with specific Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives, Voted against issuing Bonds for Water Reservoir, Recommended financing of new construction of Department of Public Safety with internal funds and not issuing bonds, was supported and approved by council, Served on Finance Committee, Served on Water and Sewer Technical Review Committee, etc.