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I want to thank Trophy Club’s first Mayor and former Denton County Commissioner Jim Carter for his wonderful endorsement. 

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The League of Woman Voters (Vote411.org) submitted a questionnaire to the candidates, here is my response:

What are your qualifications for this office?

We moved to Trophy Club 19 years ago and have been involved in serving the community and my neighborhood for the past 18 years.
I have served 7 years on Council and was term limited in May of 2019.
During those years, (three (3) as Mayor Pro Tem) the Council accomplished significant financial savings, updating Town Ordinances, Rules of Procedure, modernizing Town facilities and improving our Town Staff.
I served on The Lakes of Trophy Club HOA as it’s President for 12 years 2002-14.

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

I have been involved in direct communications with Residents my entire time serving our community, I believe that as Council Members we are the conduit for the Residents to Town staff who are in charge of the day to day operations, communications and maintenance of the Town.
I believe that if a Resident asks for an answer, opinion or help they are entitled to a response and help with that issue, “Thank you for your input” is not sufficient.

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

As to Land Development there are a few lots (residential and commercial) left and they are for the most part zoned and ready to be built which will lead to a complete buildout in the very near future.
The immediate environmental issues will be for several areas in Town that have significant water flow/flooding issues. They need to be addressed in the near future, it may require the issuance of new Bonds, I believe that with maturing bonds being paid off this new bond initiative will not cause an increase in the bond tax rate.
The Town also has a Sewer and Drainage fund set up which is charged thru our MUD (Municipal Utility District) for short term repairs.

As to the long term, the Town has in place a Design Standards including a drainage plan that is reviewed and updated periodically.

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

The word “transportation” in Trophy Club is limited to vehicles.
Which simply means “The Streets of Trophy Club”.
We have a portion of our sales tax (Street Maintenance) that is dedicated to our streets for the normal maintenance such as curb repair, panel replacements etc.
Long term i.e. major road repairs: Trophy Club Drive, Indian Creek Drive, Phoenix Drive etc are generally set up thru the issuance of a Town bond.
The Town has in place a long term Capital Projects plan which coordinates the planning, dates for repair and the funds issued to stay within the tax bond rate

What is your vision for the future of your municipality and how would you achieve it?

Our Town has a slogan that defines our Town :
A Great Place to Call Home” 
My vision is simple, to work and keep that saying alive for everyone in Trophy Club to believe in that mantra.
I believe our residents believe in Safety, Parks, Trails and easy access moving in and out of town. We need to visit our Police and Fire Departments budgets, we have had significant growth since 2015 with residential including an apartment complex and commercial properties including several restaurants without any permanent additions to those departments.
Our Parkland is for the most part complete, we put in place a Capital Improvement Plan several years ago and that will keep our playgrounds and fields current and modernized.

COVID-19: What actions can the city take to address the health and economic impact caused by COVID-19?
As a small town that is within 2 Counties (Denton and Tarrant) we follow their guidelines.
The Town has put in place several safety measures for both the staff and visiting residents and guests such as temperature testing, social distancing and mask requirements.

Open Government: How will you ensure government transparency (open records, open meetings) is maintained during a state of emergency?

With today’s technology the Council meetings are fully transparent with FaceBook Live, it can be viewed in progress or at a later date for viewing.
The Open Records Department needs a complete overhaul, I am hopefully that the new IT Company that has been hired will recommend the necessary adjustments to make compliance more efficient and accurate for both staff and the requestor.
As to any emergencies the Town has in place a plan and a room within the Town Hall building fully capable of handling an emergency.
In addition, along with our regional Partners there is in place a coordinated plan for any area wide emergencies.

Budget: How will you address any budget deficit caused by COVID-19?

One of the fortunate benefits for us this year since we have limited sales tax revenue as we are primarily a residential area, the new State Law that now gives the sales tax generated from purchases by TC Residents by out of area businesses such as Amazon now goes to the local Municipality.
With the decline in sales tax from local businesses due to Covid-19, this boost saw a break even and possibly a slight increase in sales tax revenue when the final numbers are in for the year. 

There was a restructure and refinance of several items in the budget this year to take advantage of the lowering of the interest rates.
The Town has just outsourced our IT Department and according to the Town Manager that should save us approximately $50,000 per year.
If the health situation continues into next year we will have to look at other ways to balance the budget to try and avoid raising the Tax Rate.
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Tarrant County Questionnaire and my response:

Why are you the best qualified candidate?

We moved to Trophy Club 19 years ago and have been involved in serving the community and my neighborhood for the past 18 years.
I have served 7 years on Council and was term limited in May of 2019.
During those years, (three (3) as Mayor Pro Tem) the Council accomplished significant financial savings, updating Town Ordinances, Rules of Procedure, modernizing Town facilities and improving our Town Staff.

I will serve my full term as Councilman for Place 1
I will uphold my Oath of Office to uphold and defend the United States and Texas Constitutions.
I served as an HOA President for The Lakes of Trophy Club for 12 years, 2002-2014.

What are your top few priorities if elected?

The Open Records Department needs a complete overhaul, I am hopefully that the new IT Company that has been hired will recommend the necessary adjustments to make compliance more efficient  and accurate for both staff and the requestor.

We need to visit our Police and Fire Departments budgets.
I have addressed this issue in a later question.

The current pandemic is affecting city budgets and services and affecting the lives of city residents. How would you address these issues?

One of the fortunate benefits for us this year since we have limited sales tax revenue as we are primarily a residential area is the new State Law that now gives the sales tax generated from purchases by TC Residents by out of area businesses such as Amazon to the local Municipality.
With the decline in sales tax from local businesses due to Covid-19  this boost saw a break even and possibly a slight increase in sales tax revenue when the final numbers are in for the year. 

There was a restructure and refinance of several items in the budget this year to take advantage of the lowering of the interest rates.

What responsibility do you feel the mayor and city council have to address the availability of affordable housing?

As to Land Development there are few lots (residential and commercial) left and they are zoned and ready to be built which will lead to a complete buildout for Residential in the coming months.

What do you think the role of city government should be in supporting small businesses?

The Town has given tax incentives to new businesses in the past and since we are near complete build out we need to look at ways to attract residents (Trophy Club and non Trophy Club) to support these establishments.
We have a significant Hotel Tax fund that while limited can be used to enhance entrance ways and create a coupon brochure for guests that stay at our hotels for Baseball Tournaments, yearly events such as the 4th of July etc,.
We have 5 hotels that for a Town our size brings in a sizable amount of tax dollars.

How should the city council address issues of law enforcement and public safety, particularly regarding funding?

Safety is the number one (1) responsibility of a Government.

We need to visit our Police and Fire Departments budgets, we have had significant growth since 2015 with residential including an apartment complex and commercial properties including several restaurants without any permanent additions to those departments. Since we are now at build out I support the request for two (2) new Patrol Officers and EMS/Firefighters that will compete our safety needs to the future.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I believe that if a Resident asks for an answer, opinion or help they are entitled to a response and help with that issue, “Thank you for your input” is not sufficient.

There are several areas in Town that have significant water flow/flooding issues. They need to be addressed in the very near future.

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