Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council Just a reminder that early voting starts tomorrow, October 18. Here are the details:

The Election Commission office is located at 700 River Terminal Road. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00
p.m., Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 423-493-5100. The TTY number is 423-493-5100,
ext. 254.
The last day to register to vote will be Saturday October, 7, 2006, 9:00 am to12:00 NOON
Northgate Mall located at 5000 Hixson Pike, corner of Hwy 153
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Oct. 18th thru Nov. 2nd
Brainerd Recreation Center located at 1010 North Moore Road
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 am ? 7:00 pm Oct. 18th thru Nov. 2nd
Hamilton County Election Commission located at 700 River Terminal Road
Monday thru Saturday 8:00 am ? 7:00 pm Oct. 18th thru Oct. 30th
Hamilton County Election Commission located at 700 River Terminal Road
Tuesday, October 31st thru Thursday, Nov. 2nd 8:00 a.m. - 8:00p.m.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council Wanted to remind everyone that this Thursday, October 19 is the Candidate Forum at the MACC at 7pm. I hope lots of folks can turn out with great questions for we, the candidates. I certainly hope that all my supporters are there, but if you are still not sure and have a question for me, this is the time to ask. Hope to see y'all there!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council Well, the first candidate forum went well. The questions were pointed, but polite. I appreciate the excellent turn-out which was standing room only, not counting all those who were apparently watching on closed circuit TV. I should let you know that I've heard that Annette Allen is fine. She was not feeling well that night, but bravely participated anyway. The question asked by Glenn Baird that didn't get answered had to do with budget priorities. Obviously, this is a difficult question for those of us not invovled in the details of the town's finances. I understand they are tight. I certainly am supporting expanding our sidewalk network and would like to see what is available in that area. We are pursuing grants as I understand. Many sidewalks in old town are in poor condition and these should take priority. Our recreation resources are very well used and we should be sure that maintenance is a high priority. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I do think that we need to prioritize protecting and maintaining our current properties and resources before adding more, but I do hope that we can pursue the possibility of obtaining the gym and track/field from SMMS when that school closes. Finally, our employees are a major resource and I want to make sure they are taken care of and have an incentive to stay with the town. Experience can't be bought. We especially need to focus on our Fire Department which I understand needs some attention. Efforts are already begun in the area, but this will need to be a priority for the new council.

I hope to attend several of the fun events scheduled the next few weekends including the 80th anniversary of SME this weekend (October 14) at the MACC (my son is an alumnus and was in the final class at SME) and the Fall Carnival that the newcomer's are holding at Bachman Center next weekend, October 21 where I will have a table. Come talk to me and let me know your concerns.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council

Paul Hendricks for Signal Mtn. Town Council Well, I fell behind on my blog, but the good news is the campaign is keeping me quite busy. The big news is my Sierra Club endorsement! As you probably know, I am a Life Member of the Club and am committed to environmental protection. I am proud of this endorsement and will do all I can to honor it by my future activities if I am on the Council. See http://chattanoogan.com/articles/article_93883.asp for details!

I have been getting yard signs out lately and if anyone wants one, please email or call and I'll get one out to you. I hope you've read my latest editorial on sigmtn.com and chattanoogan.com. I have been refining my positions as I have learned more. I really think that the best approach to Shackleford Ridge is the Open Space Option provided in the list of ordinances approved by the Council. I am hoping we can move forward in doing all we can to encourage the landowners to use this option in development. I would love to see Signal Mountain become a model for best land use practices. I have been presented with two questionnaires in the last few days. One has been responded to and returned and the other one will be done soon. The first one was sent to me by the SaveSignalMountain people. It had three yes/no questions, but I feel the issues are more complex than that, so I sent a bit more than a page of answers. I certainly hope that my full answers are respected and posted in any publicizing they do of candidate positions. The second questionnaire is for the TimesFreePress, so I expect you will see that one soon, too.

I am looking forward to the upcoming candidate forums. The first one will be October 10 at 7pm at Alexian Village and the second one will be October 19th at the MACC, also at 7pm. I would appreciate anyone who wants to suggest questions I might confront to send them to me so I can consider them. While I'm sure the major issues will be covered, I have learned there is much more to this town than Shackleford Ridge.

In addition, I plan to come to the HodgePodge this Friday. Saturday and Sunday I have a medical conference to attend. I am beginning to walk some neighborhoods and meet with folks. I have posted a banner at the Monster Barn (y'all come, it's great fun!) and will have a table at the Signal Mountain Newcomers and Bachman's 1st Fall Carnival at Bachman on Saturday, October 21 from 10-3. There will be games, activities and food! Also, the Girl Scouts will be working on their scarecrows. Hope everyone can make it out.

I'm still looking for volunteers for election day to help me greet voters coming to the Town Hall. If you ever wanted to stand out on the side of the road and wave a campaign sign, now's your chance! Give me a call!