ENID, Okla. — Question: What is the biggest issue facing your ward in the next term?
“Water is the big issue for the whole community right now,” Ezzell said. “As far as Ward 3 specifically, we need economic investment. We have a distinct lack of economic investment on our side of town, and it’s been that way since I was born.”
Ezzell said the city likely will not be involved directly in economic investment on the city’s east side, but the city could facilitate placement of new businesses there.
He said restaurants and retail shopping are particularly needed on the east side of the city.
“We need to keep in mind there are a whole lot of people over there who could use something more, and who would patronize it,” Ezzell said.
He said other major issues for Ward 3 are aging streets and infrastructure and a lack of affordable housing. He said the city commission could help alleviate the housing shortage by creating incentives for low-income tax credit developers.
Stephens also said water is the biggest issue facing the city as a whole. Regarding Ward 3 specifically, he said the focus needs to be on street repairs and improvement.
“The biggest issue in Ward 3 is some of the streets on this side of town,” Stephens said. “They’re not only bad, but some of them are flat-out dangerous.”
Stephens said economic development on the east side of the city also needs to be a priority.
“I’d like to see more retail, more restaurants, more businesses encouraged to locate on the east side of town,” Stephens said. “I’d like to encourage companies coming here to town to locate on the east side of town. We’re building west, and we’re not building east, and we should be building east.”