Shook, who lives in Buckhead’s Ridgedale Park neighborhood, said his goals include representing Buckhead interests on an upcoming bond issue and continuing to partner with the community to establish more parks.
One of the programs Shook is throwing his support behind is the city’s proposed 311 call center, which aims to centralize the city’s phone system so resident calls can be easily transferred to the right city department. After talks of the program stalled due to lack of funding, a $3.3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies last summer sprung the project forward.
“It will go a long way in eliminating the confusion and frustration people experience when they try to resolve a billing issue or try to get a pothole filled,” Shook said.
Shook said the call center, which will be fully operational by the end of the year, will also help the mayor and council to shine a spotlight on the performance of city departments based on the data gathered via resident calls.
The council is also working toward putting forth a public referendum to fund the city’s backlog of street, sidewalk and bridge updates. Shook said he wants to make sure the needs in Buckhead are well represented on the project list.
“This will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make this kind of investment,” he said.
Finally, Shook said his goal specific to District 7 is to continue to focus on the need for park expansion.
“As much as we’ve done with the PATH400 Trail, Little Nancy Creek Park and the initiation of what will be Mountain Way Common, there are many other opportunities we’re going to have to take so we can catch up and have the parks and green spaces that we need,” he said.
Shook said he tends to agree with many of his neighbors who say Buckhead residents do not get an adequate return on their tax dollars and he hopes to continue to fight for funding.
“I enjoy doing what I can to make sure we’re able to improve where we live, work and play,” he said.
Through June 30, Shook had $101,410.36 net campaign funds, according to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission’s website.
Information: visit www.howardshook.com.