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City of Sunset Valley Mayor

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    Ketan Kharod

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What strategies will you use to ensure open communication between City Hall and residents?

What are your top environmental and land development concerns and how do you plan to address them?

What is your vision for transportation infrastructure in your community and how will you advance it?

What other critical issue will you address and how?

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Background Current Mayor Pro Tem; experience as a lawyer and through nonprofit boards. Have lived in SV since 2008, with all 3 children attending SV Elementary.
Education J.D., University of Texas School of Law; M.P.P., Georgetown Public Policy Institute; B.A, Georgetown University
Good communication requires transparency and a willingness to recognize what modes of communication are most effective. Along with encouraging greater in-person participation at council meetings and on committees, I plan to improve our website and increase social media use to amplify of city events and news (e.g., the new SVPD FB page, Nextdoor, etc.). Also, I will continue my current practice of being responsive to all residents who contact me by email, phone, or in person, and working with staff and residents, even as a facilitator, to improve any specific communication gaps which may exist.
Our city is committed to protecting water quality, our green spaces, and maintaining our city’s character through reasonable development restrictions (e.g., impervious cover, light pollution, etc.) while respecting private property rights. I will work with the council to continue this commitment. Two areas I would like to improve: (1) trail maintenance; (2) tweaking our rebate programs to reflect changing technology and to maximize their intended goals (e.g., targeted rebates to encourage water conservation and reallocating funds from rebates that may be outdated as currently designed).
While SV does not have the traditional transportation infrastructure issues that Austin has, there are small improvements we can consider without great expense. These include: (1) working with Austin on common transportation issues (e.g., Jones Road corridor improvements to make it more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, future improvements on Brodie); (2) neighborhood-specific solutions to parking concerns, ideally through greater awareness or informal mediation before any regulation, and (3) working with SVPD and Public Works to identify and improve traffic flow “hot spots” during peak times.
Though the public facilities project is currently on budget and funded in a fiscally responsible manner, the process has shown the importance of mutual trust among elected officials, staff, and residents. I believe I have the personal and professional track record, as a listener and collaborator, to guide that process in the future, whether we are discussing the city’s long-term financial health, or specific projects, such as use of the Uplands property (e.g., a proposed joint venture with the Austin Fire Department, along with a long-awaited potential arts and community-friendly venue).