Joseph Green, Democrat Running for Council.
1. When did you decide to become involved in local government? What other offices have you held?
I decided to become involved in local government around 2006. The first committee I was appointed to was the Capital Improvements Committee. Currently, I am the chairman of the Capital Improvements Committee and the secretary of the Water Pollution Control Authority.
2. Do you like the direction Plymouth is going in or is there something you want to change?
Plymouth’s infrastructure has improved over the past five years plus or minus. The roads to some key areas (i.e. Plymouth Industrial Park, Terryville High School, etc.) have been rebuilt, allowing trucks safe access to the park and parents, their children and buses safe access to our schools. I would like to see an improvement along Main Street – businesses in the empty storefronts and new businesses building on vacant lots.
3. What do you think are some of your most useful skills or experiences to bring to the council?
I was born, raised, built a house and am a partner in a family-owned and operated business in Plymouth. Living and working in the town, I got to know the residents of the town and the areas of town that need improvement. As chairman of the Capital Improvements Committee, I understand what the community needs to thrive.
4. What are some of your goals for Plymouth?
I would like to see an improvement along Main Street and businesses in our industrial park. If businesses see Plymouth is making an effort to improve their appearance and infrastructure, they would be more likely to make an investment in our community.
5. What would you say are the biggest challenges Plymouth faces?
People are obviously upset about the reevaluation that was done last year, causing home values to drop. I would like home values to increase and our mill rate decrease.
6. What are Plymouth’s greatest strengths?
Plymouth has a great mix of commercial, industrial and residential land available for development. Like every community, Plymouth has passionate people who volunteer countless hours wanting to make their community a better place to live for themselves and future generations.
7. What would you say to encourage people to support you?
As stated above, I understand what the community needs to thrive. I am a motivated individual who is willing to invest my time to improve Plymouth.