What are your thoughts on annexation and TIF districts?
I would work on a committee with anyone at anytime. I think we really do need to look at annexation. Look at Columbus as an example. They have just really expanded and ran off and left us. There’s a lot of things we can do. You’re going to run into good things and bad things on both sides. You’re going to have some people for it and some against it.
Do you think the city needs to pursue solar energy? Why or why not?
We really do need to look at solar energy hard. I think that is an option for our future. I think it would be a cost savings and I think it would be good for the environment. And it would create jobs. There’s a lot of possibilities.
What do you think the city needs to do to improve public safety?
Support our police and firefighters by giving them the resources they need.
Are there any infrastructure (roads/sewer) projects you think the city needs to pursue?
We need to work on our infrastructure. Our streets and sidewalks are getting pitiful, especially for older citizens. There’s a lot to be done and to take a good look at. There’s so much to do and I have a short time to do it.
What improvements do you think need to be made to our parks?
Probably in the future we’re going to have to think about a bigger pool and some updates there.
Do you think any changes need to be made to the public transportation system?
That’s something we need to look into because there are a lot of people that use it because they don’t have any other way of getting around.
What ways do you feel the city should increase revenue and or cut expenses?
I think we can look at ways of cutting our expenses. I think we need to look at ways of bringing new resources into Seymour. There’s a lot of things out there that we can look at. I’m willing to work with anybody for some common sense ideas. It doesn’t matter the politics.
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Name: Ollie Knott
Occupation: Retired from Silgan, where she worked for 12 years. Before that, she spent 28 years at Panasote.
Education: graduate of Salem High School
Previous government offices held: None
Community affiliations (church, service groups or other memberships): active member of Central Christian Church
Family: Widow, three daughters, Dr. Kim Knott, Robin Emily and Maria Knott Murphy; three grandchildren