Position: Annetta Town Council, Place 5
Name: Kent Stasey
Occupation: senior pricing analyst of natural gas commodity for industrial retail customers
Family: wife Mary Beth; son, Tanner, a graduate of Aledo High School, currently a junior at UTA; and daughter, Samantha, who is in the fourth grade at Stuard Elementary School
How long resided in city: My family and I have lived in our home here for the past 11 years
Community involvement: I have served in various athletic coaching activities with my children, most recently with my daughter’s Aledo Lions youth basketball team. I recently completed a three-year term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at our church, Aledo United Methodist Church. My wife and I both participate in leadership projects with our church and help our daughter with her community activities, including a project we recently helped with to raise money to support the Pythian Home, which she initiated with her Sunday School class after her classmates at Stuard Elementary School “adopted” a young girl residing at the Pythian Home for Christmas. Our next family project is to support the “Give One Day” project in East Parker County.
What are the three most important issues the city is facing? How do you plan to address those?
Our citizens and customers want and need safe, well maintained roads. We don’t have that now. We can work together to address the roads in a reasonable, cost effective way. As I’ve spoken with our residents, road conditions are often mentioned. We may not have a lot to spend on repairs, but we must spend our money wisely and meet the community’s needs. We need to budget for road repairs and maintenance and monitor the budget to maximize our resources. We need to work with the county to be sure we are using those resources wisely as well.
Our water system is our greatest asset, and it must be improved and maintained to protect this asset for our citizens and water customers. It must be operated in a financially sound way so that maximum income from the system is available to pay existing debt and provide income for repairs and maintenance in the future and ultimately lower rates. Hudson Oaks is managing the system well for us and we need to take full advantage of their expertise until we have the infrastructure and historical advantage to operate the system ourselves in a financially sound way.
Our citizens want representation on the Council that respects city ordinances, works cooperatively with the Mayor, has the experience necessary to tackle the tough issues, and listens to ALL of those who are served by the city - current residents and water customers. Council members must consider the impact their decisions have on the entire community. I’ve spoken to the residents of Annetta and heard from many others who want to be in Annetta. They aren’t happy with the attitude at council meetings in the past year. I’ll be sure that residents and customers will feel welcome at meetings and have a place they can get their questions answered and their needs met.