Hancock County Government

Friday, December 22, 2006

Kevin Ladner

District 4 Candidate

Kevin Ladner

1. Why do you think you’d make a good supervisor?

My honesty and integrity would be an asset when representing the interests of the citizens of Hancock County. The fact that I have been a lifelong resident of this county, affords me the vision of our past heritage and insight into how we move our county forward. I am a proven team player and would work together with the citizens and other elected officials for the betterment of Hancock County.

2. What do you think are the three overall priorities for Hancock County?

It is difficult to only list three because there are so many. However, I think the Courthouse, Jail and Emergency Operations Center are certainly all close to the top, in no given order.

3. What are your concerns for infrastructure in the county?

I am concerned that so many areas in the county still do not have sewer. Maintaining and updating our water and sewer lines will be a vital link to providing our citizens with a better way of life. In addition, I think drainage is equally important. Some areas of our county continue to have standing water and present potential health issues for our citizens.

4. What are your thoughts on improving communication between the county and city governments for more cooperation and efficiency?

Communication is key to the success of any business and government is no different. I think it would be good to have a committee made up of two council members each from Bay St. Louis and Waveland and two Hancock County board members. This committee would discuss ongoing projects of the three entities and look for any efficiency to be gained.

5. Should consolidation of any services be considered between Hancock county and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?

Yes. A prime example would be the building offices. It has been a problem since Hurricane Katrina for cities and the county to keep building officials employed. Consolidating the cities and county building offices would not only be more efficient but provide consistency in having one permit office and one set of rules. This would make it much easier for the citizens trying to rebuild this county.

6. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering an Interim Development Ordinance . What’s your opinion of the proposed ordinance?

Right now, we have nothing in place to protect the county from developers that may not have the funding or the best interest of the county in mind. While this may not be the perfect document, it is certainly a starting point that will protect our interests in the interim until the board can make necessary changes.

7. What’s your vision for the Bayou Caddy/Lakeshore/Clermont Harbor area?

This area has already been designated as a resort district by the board of supervisors. If the area is developed to encourage tourism, I hope consideration is given to preserving some of the natural area and there is a nice balance of development.

8. What are your thoughts on balancing future growth and the quality of life for residents?

Developments will have to be considered on a case-by-case basis so the quality of life is protected for all current citizens. If the developments are quality projects that will move this county forward and increase the tax base, then I would consider the project to be a “win-win” for the county. My ultimate goal will be to rebuild a county where everyone wants to live, work and play.


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