Bloomington Ward 7 candidate Scott Black joined WJBC's Beth Whisman in studio Wednesday. (Photo By Beth Whisman/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - One of the candidates for Bloomington's Ward 7 wants to focus on improving infrastructure on the city's northwest side.
Scott Black said Wednesday poor infrastructure can lead to increasing crime.
"When you start to have neighborhoods where the streets fall into disrepair, the crime rates tend to go up because people think the neighborhood doesn't look as nice, it drives property values down and it's a waterfall effect," Black said.
Black is a 2010 Illinois Wesleyan University graduate. He is currently serving his second term on the McLean County Board after being elected in 2010 and winning reelection in 2012. He serves on the transportation and property committees.
Black said he has an enhanced understanding of the city's infrastructure issues because of his work on board committees.
He also said he wants to move forward with a Downtown Bloomington development plan.
"From an entrepreneurs standpoint, you want to see a commitment from the city level that they're investing in the downtown, that they have a plan and support it. They should be showing that they want to see the businesses thrive and I think that's the perspective the council should be taking," he said.
Ward 7 incumbent Steven Purcell is running for Township Supervisor. Black is running against Ryan Fiala and Bernie Uszcienski.
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