Jim Chiarello will fill the vacant council seat left by Shane Buzby
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#1 Mar 8, 2012
I hear crickets...who is this guy?
#2 Mar 8, 2012
Is it the Handyman Jim that has vacation rental(s) on the point?
#3 Mar 8, 2012
“On The Way!”
Since: Dec 09
Colonial Beach and Wash DC
#4 Mar 8, 2012
I got my crystal ball back from the cal lab and it's projection of a very interesting November @90% is very apt :)
#5 Mar 8, 2012
#6 Mar 9, 2012
#7 Mar 14, 2012
Hi I'm Jim Chiarello this article was in the Journal on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 22:50 and it will tell you something about me. Thanks Jim
Chiarello appointed to fill Buzby’s vacant seat.
( For the complet article see below No room to post it here)
James Chiarello was one of three applicants to apply for the vacant seat Wednesday night. Chiarello first appeared before the council on January 4 when he applied for the vacant seat left by Ronald “Sparky” Ridgely. For this reason many of the Council members decided to forgo asking him any questions since they already knew his views.
The following is a synopsis of his views from Jan. 4 and March 7.
Chiarello lives and works as a handyman in town. By nature he likes to fix things in a creative
He considers Colonial Beach his home and would like to serve in a capacity that allows him to give back to the community.
He focused on communication, revitalization, business incentives, boardwalk development and youth activities. Chiarello is also in favor of the school system remaining within the town saying,“If it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it!”
Chiarello made many references to the importance of communication within the council as well as between the council and citizens.
While on the council, he hopes to influence a tremendous amount of pride in the community, as well as working towards unity and kindness. Chiarello said,“If there is kindness a community prospers!”
Chiarello is excited about the revitalization efforts being performed in the town and would like to see them expanded by utilizing resources inside and outside the town.
Chiarello would like the town to incorporate a tax abatement plan for businesses that would commit 50% of business tax to physical improvements on the building’s exterior. Thereby reinvesting the tax money for the business owner to boost their revenue as well as attract more tourists to the town as a whole.
Boardwalk development and the sale of town property
Chiarello warned,“Being business minded, you have to look at what the market has to offer, how will they make a profit?”
Chiarello also feels that the wrong placement of a hotel, such as on the waterfront can actually hurt tourism saying,“I think you damage your environment putting hotels in the wrong places. Hotels in big towns are outside the attractions. You take away from the beaches if you put a hotel near the water. People don’t mind driving a short distance to the beach if you make parking more friendly and convenient.”
“You have to have a reason for people to come to this destination. It’s got to be more than the beaches. For a summer vacation, a cottage is an experience. A hotel can be gotten anywhere,” Chiarello said.
On the issue of selling town owned property Chiarello feels the town is selling low. He said,“If property is an asset to the town we should keep it, if not sell it.”
Chiarello has some ideas for activities such as utilizing a $4,000 Safe Boating and Clean Water grant to help kids learn about their waterfront community so they really understand their environment.
Other suggestions by Chiarello included sponsoring companies to come in and set up a skateboard course temporarily, as a fund raiser or looking into an ice skating rink in the winter months.
“We need to transfer our values to the younger generation and we need to find a medium to do that.” said Chiarello.
Chiarello added that the town should set an example and make town owned property look good saying,“We have ordinances for residents to keep their properties looking good and the town should be held to the same standards!”
He did express in his latest interview that he plans to run for a four-year term in the November election.
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