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May 7, 2013

Q&A: Annetta City Council — Place 5 race

Name: Kent Stasey

Age: 51

Occupation: senior pricing analyst of natural gas commodity for industrial retail customers.

Family: Married to Mary Beth; father of Tanner, a graduate of Aledo High School, currently a junior at UTA; and our 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.

 

What are the three most important issues the city is facing? How do you plan to address those? 

1. 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.  

2. 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.

3. 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.  

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