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Harvey announces candidacy for alderman seat
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Steve Harvey

I’m Steve Harvey and I’d like to ask for your vote for re-election for alderman for the city of McMinnville.

My family located in McMinnville in 1969 when I was 3 years old. I’ve lived and worked here since then except for my time at MTSU where I graduated in 1988 with a degree in recording industry management and a minor in business administration. I’m married to the former Lisa Cantrell, and we have raised four children here.

I am honored and have thoroughly enjoyed serving my first four-year term and would love the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of McMinnville.

I feel like the current board has an excellent working relationship with each other. We don’t always agree, but we certainly don’t let those disagreements get personal. We respect each other’s opinions, and we work together to make the best decisions for our great town.

In my first four years, I have served on the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Streets and Sanitation Committee, and chaired the Building and Grounds Committee.

One of the first accomplishments I was directly involved in was the paving of Sunny Side Heights. With our attorney’s help, the city took in this completely unkept, widely used, and pothole-filled street that had been in decline for many years and created a much nicer way for business owners and customers to get to the businesses there.

We have reinstated our street paving program that had been abandoned. It is now in its second year and plans are to continue the progress we’ve made so far. We have made minor improvements to our sidewalks, but this is an area where much improvement is still needed.

Along with the director, Nolan Ming, we have changed his department from Building and Codes to being the Community Development Department both in name and action. We also completely changed the construction permitting fee system allowing the department to valuate the projects instead of the permit holders which created a fairer system for contractors.

With the financial help of Friends of the Greenway, we constructed a long-awaited skate park at the Civic Center complex.

Just last week we committed to proceed with a major renovation to McMinnville Civic Center. This project will give the near 45-year-old building the improvements and diversification it needs to handle the current recreation and civic demands. All these improvements were and are being made without a property or sales tax increase to city taxpayers, except for the hotel tax which is primarily funded by out-of-towners.

I also support an indoor pool. I think the health and recreation benefits far outweigh the cost, and last week we voted to purchase conceptual drawings and cost estimates to determine the feasibility for this project.

I truly believe the city of McMinnville has some great things going for it, and I humbly ask for your vote for re-election for alderman for the city of McMinnville.