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3rd District County Commission candidate Bev Oroke

July 23, 2008

Beverly "Bev" Oroke

Bev Oroke is running in the Aug. 5 Republican primary for Leavenworth County's 3rd District County Commission seat, facing John Flower, Francis Hurla, Dave Taylor, William "Bill" Merkel, Marvin Torneden and Tony Klamm

This chat has already taken place. Read the transcript below.

Moderator

Good afternoon. This is Joel Walsh, Leavenwoth County government reporter at The Tonganoxie Mirror, Basehor Sentinel, Lansing Current and Bonner Springs Chieftain. I'll be your moderator for this online chat. Bev is all set to answer readers' questions. We have some good questions for today's chat, but we're still taking more. Thank you for participating Bev.

Moderator

Before our first question, could you start by introducing yourself and explaining why you are running for Leavenworth County Commission?

Beverly "Bev" Oroke

Good Afternoon. Let just say I care deeply about my community and our County and would like to represent the 3rd District as your Commissioner. My main focus is to accomplish this by being fair, responsible and professional about conducting business. I'm for controlling taxes and cutting where necessary to accomplish this task. "My moto is "spend tax dollars wisely". I would like to see improved Communications with the County as well as the Cities within our county to reach common goals. I want to promote Economic Development and create jobs for our residents. I want to ensure we have Short and Long Term Master Plans in place to help with the expected growth of our County. I have over 40 years experience in the business world managing budgets, personnel and interfacing with professionals and associates. I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves to get the work done. I was instrumental in developing a company from the ground up to a now 200 Million dollar company. We need a Commission with Leadership that can make tough decision and yet be understanding to our residents. My goal is to create an atmosphere to promote harmony, operate the County as a business. I ask for your vote on August 5th!

Moderator

Our first question deals with rising gas prices - something that is on many residents' minds at this time.

Moderator

How do you propose the county get ahold of ever-rising gasoline costs before they break our budget?

Beverly "Bev" Oroke

Just like everyone else the County will have to watch the budget. Departments will be forced to cut their budgets in other areas to reallocate funds for fuel. Essentially, you can't spend more than you take in. Or we may have to reduce services without risking essential needs to stay within the budget. Fuel prices I don't believe will decrease so we need to make adjustments to cover these expenditures.

Moderator

Thank you for your response.

Moderator

You mentioned wanting to promote economic development and create jobs in the county. What is the No. 1 action the commission can take to improve
economic development?

Beverly "Bev" Oroke

We need to promote bringing businesses into the County now in the areas where they can be supported. Normally, any large business needs a good water source and Wastewater Treatment facilities. The South end of the County is lacking in this area to provide these services. Therefore, we need to have a Master Plan in place to address Water Resources and Wastewater Treatment at this time. There has been some studies done on the Wolfe Creek and Stranger Creek basins for WW treatment possibilities. If we address these issues these issues we can create a Comprehensive Development plan with appropriate planned growth. In turn, these will create Economic Development and create jobs!

Moderator

Thank you. An anonymous reader - tongie4life - asks: "How would you handle the County Road 1 project?"

Beverly "Bev" Oroke

The County Road 1 project has been approved and is progressing with in improvements . Having a Short Term and Long Term Master Plan in place will ensure that development requirements are addressed, such as roads, water sources and wastewater treatment. Developers will be treated equally and will be required to follow the requirements of the Master Plan and regulations as set force by the governing body. We need to plan our future now and for the next 20 years.

Moderator

Very good. Our next question is, "What is your view of a "buy-local-first" policy for the county?"

Beverly "Bev" Oroke

If you are asking that local businesses be given priority over outside sources for required services, I would be open to consider that, if this is possible. The business would need to demonstrate their professional record of outstanding performance and the ability to perform in the job." However, as a Government body we must closely evaluate all costs and the ability to perform in the best interest of the taxpayer! All information would be taken into consideration when evaluating such a policy.

Moderator

OK. Our last question is: "Would you support conducting county commission meetings on a
semi-regular basis in either Basehor or Tonganoxie, to give people in the southern part of the county a chance to attend?"

Beverly "Bev" Oroke

My initial thought would be that this would something to consider; however, it has also been my observation that very few people from the Lansing and Leavenworth areas take the time to attend the meetings at the Court House now. I believe the County has had some evening meetings but attendance has been minimal. I do believe in promoting quarterly meetings in the Basehor or Tonganoxie areas to inform the public of the plans and future plans of the County. This would allow the public to be better informed on the issues. I would envision this as more of a presentation as well as gather information from the residents.

Thank you all for your questions today. I offer my commitment to represent the people and spend the necessary time to operate the County in an efficient and professional manner. Just as our State and Nation needs dynamic leadership in this changing world so does our County. We are the so called grass roots of our nation. I pledge to provide my time, experience and knowledge to support that endeavor.

Moderator

And that's all the time we have.

Moderator

Bev, on behalf of our readers I'd like to thank you for participating. If there's anything else you would like to say about yourself or your candidacy please do so. I'll remind readers, too, that our next scheduled Web chat is at 4:30 p.m. today with 3rd District County Commission candidate Marvin Torneden followed by an online discussion with 42nd District State Representative candidate Ted Ingerson at 6 p.m. We will be fielding readers' questions leading up to and during those chats.

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