Newcomer William "Bill" Godshall is vying for sitting Hatboro Mayor Norm Hawkes' seat in the Nov. 5 election. Hawkes–who is running on the Republican ballot–is fighting to keep his seat of nearly eight years.
Patch will feature profiles of both candidates, beginning with Godshall. Click here to see Hawkes' profile.
GODSHALL, 70, a six-year Hatboro resident, has served on the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce board for the last three years. He served as chairman of the Boro Ball and has been active in the borough's holiday parade for the last five years.
A former Temple University and Air Force University attendee, Godshall's borough business, Rose in Bloom, decorates for the Boro Ball, as well s the visit with Santa.
What best qualifies you to serve as Hatboro Mayor?
I am a people person and look out for their welfare. I am a business owner as well as a resident.
What do you see as the big issues facing the town?
Well-managed budget, storm water management, transparency in local government and pedestrian safety.
If elected, how would you work to handle those issues?
Work closely with borough council and planning and zoning committees on all projects. Oversight of building projects. Invest in recording equipment to insure a well informed Hatboro. Provide more information on the borough Web site. Continue repairing sidewalks, address the traffic problems on the north end of town.
As head of the police department, how would you balance the borough’s need for more police department space with the public’s request for continued use of Eaton Park?
Feasibility of other sites for public works expansion. Seriously consider all alternatives for the police department building.
What’s your vision for Main Street and how would you, as mayor, help the borough realize that vision?
Encourage maintained buildings and infrastructure by enforcing ordinances already in place. Encourage more destination business to locate in town. Provide better signage for parking. Alliance between borough council, business and residents.
What initiatives would you like to undertake if elected? Providing a "Town Hall."
Anything else you’d like to add? Please visit my web page and my Facebook page.