Michael Harrison is seeking one of two McLean County Board District 10 seats. (Photo courtesy of Michael Harrison)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - One McLean County Board candidate wants to see the members focus on a plan for growth, expansion and development.
County Board District ten candidate Michael Harrison said he thinks the county officials also need to be involved in the planning for community growth and doesn't think it should just be left up to Bloomington-Normal officials.
"Economic growth and development are going to be very important as we take a look at planning for that," Harrison said. "I think we have to stay on the optimistic side, fund programs that are going to increase revenues and make our futures bright."
Harrison said one issue important to his district and the county is finding a long term water supply.
"Some of the expansion that's planned for the east side of the community, in order for that to continue to happen we have to have adequate resources. Some of that infrastructure regarding those utility resources are a little bit dated and have to be improved," Harrison said.
Harrison said he does want to look over reducing spending, but doesn't want to see cuts in the budget to children's safety or resident welfare.
As for fracking, Harrison said he doesn't want to see the county risk the future of residents for an immediate revenue source.
"Fracking, as I understand it, is somewhat disruptive to the Earth's surface," Harrison said. "It stands the potential to cause harm like contamination and other ways of messing with our water supply."
Harrison said he's interested in getting teams on further research and development. Harrison is running against incumbents Chuck Erickson and Benjamin Owens.
Stephanie Pawlowski can be reached at Stephanie.Pawlowski@Cumulus.com.