“Hello, my name is Orville Downs, and I am running for reelection for Place 5 position on the Bayside City Council.
“I was born and raised in Bayside and was away for a time, but my wife of 56 years, Margaret, and I moved back after retiring. I like the idea of the “unity in the community,” and that’s why I enjoyed having the snow-cone stand during the Fourth of July celebration in the city park.
“The biggest thing is fairness and honesty. I will be fair with people and be honest about it.
“I have extensive experience in managing. I worked for Brunswick Corporation for 29 years, and I managed up to 40 employees. I was honorably discharged from service in the U.S. Navy.
“Also, I served as mayor of small community called Lake City.
“I am no stranger to community service. I am past Master of the Masonic Lodge 1133, a Shriner, member of the Scottish Rite, and the First Baptist Church in Bayside, where I serve as treasurer.
Magaret and I have two children, Orville Jr. and Melinda Bryski. We have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who we love and are very proud of. Family is very important to me.
“Some of the things I would like to see worked on are term limits, ordinance review (Let’s see if there’s some that may need to be modified), streets, and ways to streamline all services and operations. I’m interested in saving the town money and lowering taxes.
“Here are some of the things we have accomplished during my short time on the council. We: Eliminated the $5 fee the city was charging to maintain your privacy information; re-started our newspaper column; established a purchasing policy for the town of Bayside; established a drug testing policy for city employees; appointed a substandard building committee; passed a resolution for 2011 home program; ordered and received a long-needed emergency chemical shower and eyewash station for the R/O station.
“I will always listen. I want to foster an open-door policy. That means I will listen to your concerns and work to satisfy all relevant criticisms of the city council and what it is doing or not doing. There is still work to be done, but I need your help.
“I want to serve the town. I want the town to come together as it once was. We can do this together. We can all pitch in the help the community in some way, and I want to serve in the capacity of city councilman.
Vote for me.
I’m Orville Downs, and I want to be your councilman in place 5.