Marlin for Addison
I COMMIT TO YOU...
A UNIFIED POINT OF VIEW
My Top Commitments to You:
Unify Addison: Unfortunately, some of our residents are politically divided. At present we are wasting too much time and negative energy fighting one another. It's time for us to work together for the greater good of our community.
Pragmatic Decision Making: I will tap into the brain power of anyone that can help us with better decision-making. Council members make roughly 300 voting decisions over a year's time. I make decisions and cast votes based upon what’s best for Addison and seek input to help me discover the optimal solution to our voting items.
Strong Communications: I take phone calls, I return calls, I listen and will share my thoughts with you. I believe in open and honest conversations. I may not tell you what you want to hear, but you will know where I stand and why.
Perfect Attendance: I don't miss meetings.
More on My Platform:
I offer a younger-generation perspective which means I represent a more diverse demographic, bring new ideas and a broader set of interests.
Being a public servant at the highest level of our town (i.e., Addison City Council) is a serious commitment. I have the time and energy needed to properly perform the duties of the post at a high level.
I will continue to be an ambassador of our Town. You can see some of my work at my AddisonProud Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo or Instagram sites. Whether it's sharing a great story in person or sharing something positive about our community via the various AddisonProud social media sites... I'll continue to highlight the many things that make Addison great.
I will continue to make voting decisions that keep our tax rate at a low level through continued economic development and re-development.
More on the Fine Details of My Position:
Growth: In Addison the commercial sector powers much of our economy. 86% of our property taxes are generated by commercial property owners. If we want economic growth to continue we must hold firm on only approving high-quality development and increase the recruitment of more companies moving to Addison. I believe there are times we as a Town need to take action to stimulate growth to reach a desired result. At present our Economic Development team led by Orlando Campos is doing wonderful work with limited resources. Our current Economic Development Fund receives funding at a property tax rate equal to .023716. This equals ~$1.3 million for the 2022-2023 fiscal budget. This rate was created at the inception of the Economic Development Fund and has remained unchanged since 2011. As a past Council Member who has seen first hand the effectiveness of economic incentives to stimulate growth into our economy I would like to see the contribution rate to the Economic Development Fund increased to .025 with the funds focused on attracting more commercial enterprises to Addison. This will allow us to reach even greater heights faster. We simply need to build upon the solid foundation that already exists.
Safety: I admire our first responders and love our under 4 minute average response times. I've done a ride-along with APD and seen the real crime that can occur on a Friday night. I've witnessed our firefighters as they battled the Super 8 Motel fire. How can you not love those that place themselves in harms way to protect us? They are heroes and I will continue to do what's needed to provide them the resources they need to protect us all.
- Compensation Philosophy: Our City Council Members realize that the Town of Addison employees are its most important resource and its vital that we have the ability to recruit and retain talented employees. With this in mind Council created a Resolution formalizing a Compensation Philosophy. One of the main points of the Compensation Philosophy is "To remain competitive with other metroplex cities in regards to the Town's compensation program by paying employees better than the average of our comparison cities.". To accomplish this we must perform a market study update and adjust our compensation accordingly for our compensation to meet the requirements of the Compensation Philosophy. At present our last market study update was performed in 2020, causing our current compensation to not be up to date. One of my first goals is to have a market study update performed immediately and adjusting our compensation appropriately. We have a commitment to our our employees that we need to fulfill. By doing so it will help with our recruiting and retention of top talent. It will also build trust with our employees.
- Housing Incentive: We have great employees and need to retain top talent. One way to do so is to provide a housing incentive. At present our Town staff equals three hundred and six, (306) but only only fourteen, (14) live in Addison. I propose a housing incentive equating to 3% of salary up to $5,000 per year for all Town of Addison employees who choose to live in Addison. I believe employees who are residents see things at night and on the weekends. That local knowledge helps in creating a more informed employee. I also believe long term residents take more ownership of shaping a better community. A new housing incentive policy is something that will not cost us much but will pay big dividends down the road once implemented in conjunction with a greater percentage of our staff living amongst us. This is also something I believe our comparator cities will struggle to match.
- City Secretary: Our current City Secretary (Ms. Irma Parker) has done great work but will be retiring by years end. We will need to recruit and hire a great City Secretary that can fulfill the heavy demands of the position. I've learned over the years serving on City Council the importance of this position. I look forward to helping secure someone special to join our team at Town Hall that will be with us for an extended period of time.
- Boards & Commissions: We have residents that serve in key roles such as Planning & Zoning Commissioners or Board of Zoning Adjustment Members. At present City Council appoints residents to serve in these roles but there is nothing in place that dictates that individuals will be removed from their positions when they are no longer Addison residents. One of my first goals will be to correct this problem immediately with Resolution Amendment and later in the year with a Charter Amendment. These are serious positions that are part of our Town of Addison government decision making bodies. We need to treat them as such when members serving in these roles leave Addison.
- Support for Electric Vehicle, (EV) Charging Stations at our Hotels: At present the only Addison hotel with an EV charging station is the Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Addison. The EV market is growing rapidly and their drivers when in need of hotel are making choice based on available EV charging stations. In short our hotels are not on the map when it comes to EV charging destinations. I propose that we as a Town help our hotels get EV charging stations via Town of Addison economic development funding, state of Texas and Federal funding. I would like our economic development team to be a valuable resource in the education process of how our Addison hotels can get started with EV destination chargers with as little money down as possible from the hotelier. When this starts to take traction our Addison hotels will be better equipped to compete with other hotels offering this service and have a leg up on Airbnb rental locations.
- Underperforming Hotels: Tourism is an essential component of a healthy Addison economy and Addison hotels perform the critical role of offering available rooms to our visitors. Unfortunately we have a few that are underperforming and one in particular that has some very serious adverse effects that touch many aspects of our Town. It’s imperative that we as a Town insure each hotel's business practice matches their approved P&Z application, all are paying their correct amount of hotel occupancy taxes, properties are safe, up to code maintenance wise, and not causing an overly high amount of Police/Fire/EMS calls for service. City Council and the Town staff have had extensive discussions regarding "Underperforming Hotels". I believe that if we have a hotel operating like an apartment on a parcel of land that's zoned for hotel use that City Council take the mandatory measures to help the operator in question come back into compliance. We must always make sure all Addison hotels perform in a suitable fashion. Please utilize the links below to see the City Council discussions regarding "Underperforming Hotels".
- Special Work Session of the City Council (February 20, 2017)
- Work Session & Regular Meeting of the City Council (April 25, 2017) - Agenda Item #3
- Work Session & Regular Meeting of the City Council (July 11, 2017) - Agenda Item #4
- Work Session & Regular Meeting of the City Council (October 10, 2017) - Agenda Item #3
- Work Session & Regular Meeting of the City Council (June 26, 2018) - Agenda Item #4
- Executive Session (August 14, 2018) - Agenda Item 1
- Executive Session (September 11, 2018) - Agenda Item 1
- Work Session & Regular Meeting of the City Council (March 26, 2019) - Agenda Item #11
- Executive Session (August 13, 2019) - Agenda Item 2
- Executive Session (January 14, 2020) - Agenda Item 2
- Executive Session (February 13, 2020) - Agenda Item 2
- Executive Session (March 10, 2020) - Agenda Item 2
- Executive Session (January 12, 2021)
- Executive Session (July 13, 2021)
- Executive Session (December 14, 2021)
- Executive Session (June 24, 2022)
- Executive Session (August 9, 2022)
- Executive Session (August 23, 2022)
- Executive Session (January 24, 2023)
- Apartments/Independent Living: I love our high-end apartments. Take a tour of AMLI Addison, Fiori, Savoye, Savoye2, and Vitruvian West, Addison Grove and I promise you will love them too. I also like many of our well-maintained older apartments. A great example is Waterford Court Apartments. I would also like to see the Town encourage redevelopment for some of our 50+ year old apartments into other uses. Specifically I would like to see a mid-rise senior living development that provides our community with a great independent living option. Look to the northeast corner of Spring Valley Road and Marsh Lane to get an idea of where this type of development might best be located. Here is a great video of Ventana by Buckner in Dallas. This or something similar would be a great addition that I would like to see for our community.
- Parks: I'm a huge fan of our parks and am a big advocate of maintaining them at a high standard. Whenever we add green space or re-develop park space I'll advocate focusing on realizing a premium park. We only have 15 parks at present so anytime we re-develop or have a large maintenance project it's important to me that we capitalize on the long-term opportunity to make each one very special. In the future City Council will be making decisions regarding Les Lacs Pond when the current pond retainer edge fails. We have a great opportunity before us to upgrade this stormwater system that also serves as scenic park space. If we do so at a premium level, this will be impactful to the surrounding neighborhoods and the Town as a whole.
- Better Street Lighting: At present the residents that live on Morman Lane, Sopras Circle and Surveyor Boulevard are in need of a few more street lights and ones that point to the street. Here is a picture of the problem. We need to get this fixed for the safety of drivers, pedestrians and to discourage crime. I've circulated a petition that was heavily supported by the residents in this part of our community and am asking Town staff to include this in the 2023-2024 Budget. This will be a small budget item that will have a big impact for the residents that live on these three streets.