Mayor of Germantown: Terry Johnson | WDTN.com
Name: Terry johnson
Town of residence: Germantown, Ohio
Party membership: Republican
Desired office: Mayor of Germantown
Facebook campaign: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066753669107
Why should you be elected?
I think my experience as a council member will help to serve as the mayor of the city. I think my time as a civil servant as a board member, as an Air Force medic for six months in Operations Desert Shield and Storm, and as a high school teacher shows my will and dedication to serving the public. As Chairman of the Board, I have experience in managing board meetings. I understand what it means to be a board member and what is expected of an elected official in terms of ethics during and after official meetings, especially with confidential information discussed. I will make sure that the Municipality prepares budgets appropriately by spending our citizens ‘taxpayers’ money by judiciously limiting rate increases to the extent possible and in a fair manner if necessary. I also come forward to ensure that all citizens are continuously treated fairly and equally. I am ready to listen and bring any citizen issue to the manager and council to resolve the issue. I will give an answer or an answer within the framework of the duties and responsibilities of a council member and if I cannot, I will find a source for the citizen. Most responses are usually motivated by ordinances or the City budget.
What are your three priorities?
Germantown’s priorities are to continue improving infrastructure, some of which is the original equipment / materials installed in the 1920s. This includes water / sewer lines, streets, sidewalks, covered bridge and the soon to be abandoned Valley View school buildings. Germantown can allow residential growth at a controlled rate in order to maintain the atmosphere of a small town for the city while allowing the construction of new homes for those who would like to settle in Germantown. The city has ample opportunity for additional homes and business growth that will allow the city to keep the Miami Military Institute as a green space. The City should work with the school district to help find a viable option (tenant / business) for elementary and middle school buildings or ensure that the buildings are indeed in sustained use and do not deteriorate or degrade. not so that the citizens of Germantown would be liable in the future for the cost of removing the buildings. The cost of demolition is within the bond issuance budget and, in good faith, the school should not let the community of Germantown down by forcing citizens to deal with abandoned buildings if they cannot. be used.
Business growth must increase to find new businesses to come to the city to provide more choices for citizens. Last summer I started the process by working with the City Manager and Pat Higgins to market and promote Germantown to potential business / trade opportunities. With assistance from Dan Bish, Specialist, Community and Economic Development Representative for Montgomery County and using the Buxton process / program which will help promote Germantown to businesses and restaurateurs with the goal of opening them in Germantown. I looked at the possibility of a restaurant chain and the study actually found that the city was not a good marketing solution for the brand in question, but that it might be a better fit for another brand. I planned to meet with a prominent business professional and CEO of a downtown company to discuss what changes the city could make that could prompt businesses to open or relocate to Germantown by exploring the possibilities of the corridor. from Highway 4, downtown or the west side of town. The covered bridge needs major work and in a way that will also preserve the bridge as a historic monument. The board and administrative staff are investigating grant possibilities to fund this project due to the costs involved. Other funding opportunities to consider are private and civilian organizations and groups who wish to sponsor or contribute to the renovation project. The bridge will not be moved and will remain in its current location.
As a veteran, I am happy that the board has agreed to retain the Miami Military Institute as a green space and as a park expansion property in the future. I intend to be part of a committee that would plan for the future of MMI property. I envision a memorial to the military legacy and the role the institute had in Germantown and beyond. The Town has bricks from the original building that could be incorporated into a memorial site where the flag pole is now located (a suggestion). The flagpole itself is in need of refurbishment. Where it is now, in a “pocket” area at the top of the player and to the left and hidden by trees. By cleaning up the area, some would then have the memorial overlooking the parade ground which is the veterans park. I could also see the possibility of somehow looping the current bike path in the MMI property and making a big circle around town. I would consider the possibility of clearing part of the bottom of the hill and closing Warren Street to local traffic only after / during snowfall to allow the area to be used as a toboggan hill as I did when I was a child. The city has ample opportunity for additional homes and business growth that will allow the city to keep the Miami Military Institute as a green space.
Resident of Germantown since 1979
Woman – Heather
Children – TJ, Austin, Lexie
US Air Force Veteran – Medic – deployed for six months during Operations Desert Shield
Current Board Member and Chairman of the Board
Current / Past Board / Liaison Committee Positions – Audit, Staff, Pool, Pool Watch, Parks,
Park surveillance (president), MVRPC / MVRT
1983 Valley View graduate
High School Science Teacher – 24 Year Old Anatomy and College Preparation Teacher, Miamisburg
HS 22, Madison HS – 1 year, Norwood HS – 1 year
Associate of Science Degree in Computer Programming – Rets Technical College
Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Professional Studies – Kettering College
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Superintendent’s License – Miami
Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Major License – University of Dayton
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