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Name: John J. Beltrandi III
Address: 11 Jeanne Marie Drive
Occupation: General Contractor 35 years, realtor 35 Years
What experience and qualifications do you have that would be an asset to the city?
Experience includes, 7 years City Council, City Council President 2018 and extensive knowledge of infrastructure and road construction.
Have you recently met with city department heads to discuss their needs/concerns/budgets and if so, which ones?
I Meet or speak with department heads regularly regarding issues with residents and Council issues.
What is your main concern for your ward?
Ward 5 is a very large ward with differing needs in older and newer areas. Safety of the residents is my main goal, this is accomplished by excellent Police and Fire protection Safe Roads and quality service to the residents by all City Departments.
Why should residents vote for you?
Experience Matters, Ward 5 needs strong representation, and the ability to set goals, meet them and provide a service to the entire City. My experience as a City Councilor over the past 7 years of service has seen tremendous expansion of the sewer system across many areas including Ward 5, Senior Center Construction, Rte 187 reconstruction, and many other infrastructure projects that as Liaison to the Engineering Department, Gas and Electric, and constant interaction with the DPW are all important ensure that the residents of Ward 5 have a voice.
What prompted you to run for election?
Although I am actually a sitting Councilor, I am not the incumbent in Ward 5, but as an At Large Councilor that lives in Ward 5, most recently I have partnered with former Councilor Paul to provide expansion of the sewers in the Ridgecrest area, including the Pineridge Project currently under construction, the expansion of the Plantation sewer project, and the paving of Shaker Road. Also I have worked with the residents to solve the massive drainage issue in the Crescent Circle Neighborhood.