Newly elected Andrews town council members speak out

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013

  • Updated Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:52 am

Following their election and re-election to the Andrews Town Council, Eddie Lee, Sudha Patel and David Tisdale reveal their initial thoughts on how they plan to work within the Council.
Eddie Lee, who was elected to the Andrews Town Council with 312 votes, said one of his ideas for the town will be to bring in new business and vendors while working to beautify the town.
“This includes work on the 521 overpass as well as work by Moore’s Auto Repair, 521 & 41,” Lee said.
According to Lee, it’s all about the community, city limits and outside city limits and being committed and meaning what you say and trying to look out for employees.
“I’ve got that responsibility,” Lee said. “I am a community person. You’ve got to put the cement down, it’s not about you, but about the community. We’ve got to let the people in the town know that you are there for them.”
To bring new business to the town, Lee explained, “you have to care about the people and you have to give them some kind of incentive to place jobs here in the city limits. You have to care about the people in this community.”
“The definition of the town council member is to do the business of the people,” Lee said.
Sudha Patel said she knows the citizens are expecting great things with high confidence.
“I campaigned for a healthy change and progress, making a positive difference in our community,” she said.
“With that being said, I will continue pushing forward, go straight into problem-solving, take on multiple tasks concurrently old and new in order to meet some of our greatest challenges.”
Patel plans to create a solid plan for the town that will help map out the future and may call it an action plan, a business plan or a Master Plan, which are essentially one and the same.
She also plans to establish some future goals for the town from one-year up to 25 years and introduce these goals to local, county and state officials, private groups, organizations, churches, and individuals who may assist with meeting these goals.
Patel will assist the Council with addressing many current issues and projects that are already on the table.
The need to upgrade public works equipment as well as water and sewer infrastructure, complete DHEC case on the lagoon, the need for new vehicles for the police department still requires on-going discussions and careful planning to meet goals.
“The normalcy of our citizens’ questions and concerns that have been swept under the rug must cease,” she said.
“It is critical to stop playing games once and for all and assist the citizens in a timely manner without the red-tape of the current local governance set-up.”
Patel plans to help secure economic success, personally meet and tour local companies individually and establish a healthy work relationship unlike ever before.
She also plans to support these businesses where they may continue being successful which in turn will help the overall health of our community.
“I wish to reiterate and reassure the citizens that the seat I have successfully filled in the recent election belongs to them,” Patel said. “I work for the people, who now have a voice and I will represent that voice in the Council on their behalf. It is in my best interest to continue communicating with the citizens one-on-one whether I go to them or they come to me. My door will always be open to the public.”
Thanking everyone for their support and confidence, David Tisdale said his promise is to represent all the people to the best of his ability.
“I would like to see more young adults get involved in their town by attending meetings, expressing their concerns as well as making suggestions for improvements and running for office,” Tisdale said.
“The new planning and zoning boards as well as council meetings are good venues to express your views.”
According to Tisdale, an efficient public works department is a priority.
“I have always believed in the right person in the right job,” he said.
“We have made great strides in that regard so far and now it’s time for public works.”
“My wish list will be new equipment for public works, everyone knows how hard it is to do the job with old equipment,” Tisdale said.
“New cars for the police department and a new fire, police and town hall complex.”
Tisdale pointed out most important, however, “is that our citizens get the best representation from their elected officials because they deserve it.”

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