FLOYD COUNTY —
Like Freiberger, Bush said he is pleased with what the commissioners have accomplished in the past four years. However, he said there is still work to be done.
“There are still some issues that need to be taken care of,” said Bush, a New Albany police officer. “I still enjoy serving the community and being part of the decision making team.”
Roudenbush, 62, said his passion to help others, as demonstrated by his work as the Georgetown Township Trustee, is what motivates him to be a commissioner. He said he will be a full-time commissioner, and do whatever it takes to help residents.
“I love the trustees job. I love helping people,” said Roudenbush, who lost to Bush four years ago by 598 votes. “I call it the way I see it and when I’m wrong I say I am wrong.”
Roudenbush said he wants to clean up Floyd County. He said he also wants to encourage businesses to relocate and bring good paying jobs to the county, but does not want to destroy the scenic beauty of the area. He said he has worked with state and railroad officials to get weeds cut in Georgetown Township and knows how to get things done.
“We do not have good paying jobs out in the county. I have confidence in what I can do ... I know what is right and wrong and I am not political,” said Roudenbush, who has worked in the grocery business for more than 30 years. “I feel like I have as much energy as an 18-year-old. I think I have some good ideas.”
Bush said he favors streamlining more government services to save taxpayers’ money. He said a bi-partisan group, which he was part of, came up with the 911 merger which would have saved $250,000 a year. However, that measure was voted down by the New Albany City Council.
“We would have saved money and provided better services to the community,” said Bush, who along with then-Mayor Doug England was in favor of the merger. “We are all one community and we do not need to duplicate services like planning and zoning.”
Roudenbush said he gets his ideas from talking to and listening to residents. He said he knows how to bring people together and be a problem solver.
“I have a whole lot of management experience,” he said. “My ideas come from people and from being a township trustee.”
He said he doesn’t know if Mayor Jeff Gahan’s recent decision to split the parks department is right or wrong.
“I think you have to meet each other halfway; there has to be cooperation,” Roudenbush said. “I think with my management experience that is a plus.”
Bush said he has always been in favor of streamlining services and has not seen relations between the city and county as bad as they are today during his eight years in office.
“We always need to be looking at ways we can work together,” he said. “We are obligated to the public ... we need to find common solutions.”
Bush said buying Pine View, turning it into a county government center and moving the youth shelter into the facility was a great move.
“We were able to move offices out there to better service the people,” he said. “I am also happy with the planning and zoning ordinances we have passed to better guide our county. The main thing is to continue to find ways to provide better services for the public.”