In his tenure as a council member, McLeod has focused on accountability – financially and to the voters.
“I’m an advocate for the citizens of Liberty Hill,” he said. “I take the job really serious, and it is a responsibility I don’t take lightly.”
He is concerned with so many projects ongoing at once, that the city may stretch its finances too far.
“We’re spending too much money and I’m afraid it’s going to catch up with us,” he said.
First elected to the council in 2003, McLeod remembers when there was no money in the city’s budget, and he worries that could return.
“Those were lean years, we had no money,” he said. “It was rough. I just worry that this growth and these new subdivisions may dry up one of these days. I don’t want to be the guy who fusses about everything, but still there’s some things that worry me a little bit.”
McLeod would prefer the community remain as it was before, but he understands the growth is happening and wants to make sure it happens the right way.
“I didn’t like to see the growth, but I knew it was coming,” he said. “It is going to happen, and we need to plan for it.”
Changes such as making some downtown streets one way were not what McLeod wanted to see, but as with the growth in general, he said it probably needed to happen because of the size and condition of the streets. Repairing and maintaining roads is what he sees as the top priority for the city right now.
“Our roads are terrible in town here,” he said. “We’re working on it, but we’ve got a lot of work to do. That’s our number one priority if I have to name something.”
The lengthy number of projects on the city’s list of priorities should be taken on one at a time.
“We should pick a thing to do, do it, and get it done,” McLeod said. “Sometimes we start on that, then we move over to something else, but I think we need to get one thing finished before we start another. We need to just go right down the list.”
He advocates for gathering community input and feedback on everything, but finds it disappointing that often there is little feedback provided.
“If you’ve got a problem I can help you with, let me know,” he said. “I’m disappointed when people don’t. It always has bothered me that people don’t seem concerned, then something happens and they’re irate.”
Helping residents have their voices heard at the council and with the city is not limited to those who agree with him, either.
“Whether I agree with you or not, I’ll surely bring it up,” he said. “I’ve offered to put people on the agenda more than once.”
If reelected, he plans to continue on with the same focus.
“I’m an advocate for the citizens of Liberty Hill, and I want to represent all of them,” McLeod said. “Wendell wants to hear what you have to say, and I’ll talk to you.”