Candidate Questionnaire: Phil Misciagno For Holly Ridge Council
1. What are your greatest strengths and skill set that will make you a good elected official?
Servant Leadership style... I want to be aligned with families of Holly Ridge to help Holly Ridge maintain sensible growth. asset to the taxpayers and the Town of Surf City.
2. Is there a particular issue that motivated you to run for office?
Just looking forward to the opportunity to serve Holly Ridge. I want to make sure we are making sure the Industrial Park is being utilized to its fullest capacity that benefits, small business and Holly Ridge. Also, I have concerns with Onwasa and the relationship this business has with the Holly Ridge.
3. Do you currently or have you ever held an elected office before, and if so, what office?
4. As an elected official you will have to make decisions regarding zoning. What, if any, is your experience with zoning and how will it benefit the voters if you are elected?
Zoning is always a hot topic, you need leadership that understands how important current and future land use is impacted by zoning. Zoning dictates allowable uses, density, and so much more that will lead to positive and in some cases negative change. As a Real Estate Professional, the zoning ordinances are over 200 pages long and before any decision is made; I assure you that this will be a well informed decision based on research and allowable use.
5. Traffic is a major issue, especially during the tourist season. One concern is the lack of sidewalks and dedicated bike paths. Do you agree this is a concern and if so, what would you like to see changed or added regarding sidewalks and bike paths?
This will always be an issue with the amount of tourists, but yes I totally understand that there is need for improvement for pedestrians to have sidewalks and bike paths.
6. Our area is unique in the fact that we are comprised of several small towns and two counties. Do you feel it is important to work alongside the neighboring towns/counties and are there any specific issues you want addressed or feel needs more work?
Absolutely, we must work with our neighboring cities and municipalities for the greater good of Holly Ridge citizens.
7. Hurricanes are a way of life in coastal areas. 1) Do you feel your town is properly prepared to handle a major storm? 2) What improvements, if any, would you like to see take place, regarding communication, shelters, or staff?
Great question, citizens should have access to local emergency services where they get real time updates through AM/FM Channels. Cell towers should be updated to reflect the growth of our neighborhoods.
8. If elected and a proposal was created regarding term limits, would you support it?
9. As time is always precious, do you agree that as an elected official, it is your responsibility to learn about the topics to be discussed ahead of time to help expedite discussions and decisions during the meetings?
Yes agreed, and If I have any questions or a lack of understanding it is my responsibility to do my fact finding to be well informed prior to a town council meeting.
10. If your community has paid parking: What issues do you have regarding the current program and would you work to change or alter the existing program in your community?
Not tied to Holly Ridge.
11. Tell me something about yourself that may be of interest to the community.
I am a retired Navy Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman from 2016, I have lived in eastern NC since 1995 and married a local from Richlands in 2000. The last seven years I have been a Real Estate professional puttingthe needs of families first. I spent ten years in the Chiefs community where I served as a Command Career counselor, financial specialist, equal opportunity advisor, casualty assistance calls officer and a train the trainer Chief. I have been on the leadership teams at the command level serving our great service members for the Navy and the Marine Corps. I was also the treasurer for the Corpsman Memorial foundation where we finished this project in October of last year after 15 years. As a Real estate professional, I do not buy and sell. I help Realtors through the intricacies from being a new agent through a seasoned agent understanding contract law and living by the code of ethics as a trusted advisor.