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Name: Michael J. Burns
Address: 19 Kylie Lane
Occupation: Wholesale Automotive Parts Sales Rep for Long Auto Group
What Experience and qualifications do you have that would be an asset to the city?
I have both federal and local government experience, with the military, as a past water commissioner and serving the past two years as Ward 4 city councilor. I am very approachable and have success working with all departments in Westfield to get results.
Have you recently met with city department heads to discuss their needs/concerns/budgets and if so, which ones?
Yes, I communicate with many departments on a weekly basis. As the liaison to the police and fire departments I meet monthly with the chiefs of these departments. Most recently I met with the mayor, building superintendent, DPW director and the city clerk.
What is your main concern for your ward?
Our major concern in Ward 4 currently is our infrastructure, storm water, sewer, road conditions and public safety in regards to increased truck traffic and obeying speed limits.
Why should residents vote for you?
I care about our ward and city and feel I have made improvements to our infrastructure. Residents of ward 4 contact me frequently with various concerns. I reply to each and every concern they have to resolve any issues, and I will continue to do so if re-elected.
What positive effect have you had on the city?
I voted for clean, safe water sources. Proposed and passed short term residential rental ordinance. Infrastructure improvements to Granville Rd, Bates Rd, Western Ave, Northwest Rd, City View Blvd, Fowler Rd and Western Cir. and conducted positive neighborhood meetings.