(Updated) Wellington City Council forum: Jim Valentine

first_img2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Valentine: I suppose there are many reasons I am running for city council. Mainly, I way to make a better community for all the people of this city – starting with their health, safety and welfare.3. Losing businesses is an ongoing concern to the community of Wellington. What do you as a city council member believe you can do to stop the exodus and enhance business growth?Valentine: No one can stop businesses from closing in Wellington. I don’t really feel the term exodus is the applicable word to be used here.People supporting local business is the only way to keep local businesses open. Our local news media: Channel 55, the city paper, and Newscow can be very helpful in this area along with the Chamber of Commerce.Basically what it boils down to is we all have to strive to do a better job of supporting our local business. When I was on the council, I tried very hard to point out the businesses in Wellington at least once or twice a month – letting people know who they were and what they had to offer our community. I will and have continued to do so – even to this day.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Valentine: Given the current situation with the lack of rain were dealing with right now, I think it’s time to weigh our options We have to be very careful how much water is sold to them.5. Staying with water, because of the current drought, the water level is low at the Wellington City Lake. Do you favor other alternative water sourcing, or do you believe we should remain status quo on our water resources? Also, will you ever be in favor of water rationing?Valentine: Bottom line you can drink water, but it’s a little hard to to swallow cash no matter how much it is.6. The total assessed valuation in Wellington went down in 2012, but may remain constant or improve with the inclusion of Wal-Mart on the tax roll in 2013. However, this may not be the case in the next four years. If Wellington has a lower assessed value as the previous year, how would you as a council member respond to the lack of tax revenue for the municipality?Valentine: That is an iffy question. None of us really know how we really would respond until we actually see which way the figures are going. No one has a crystal ball.7. Many believe Wellington has trouble promoting itself to outsiders. Do you believe as a tax entity, the city should initiate various promotional programs and if so what would you think they should be?Valentine: You can spend, spend, spend on promoting our city, but in the end it comes right back to the people of our city promoting our city — i.e. mentioning Wellington to other people when they are in their city. You can’t put a price on word of mouth.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Valentine: Tax incentives were great at one time, but given the current economic conditions, one should be very careful at picking and choosing what business actually will help this city.We do not need repetition. It only hurts the existing businesses that are actually here.We need a business that employees a lot of people that builds something that is marketable – not only to this state – but this county. We need more than aircraft and farming and railroading – not that these are not a Godsend. But we need more diversity and with diversity comes jobs and with jobs comes people making money and spending money here locally.9. The Wellington utility rates continue to be a concern to many citizens, especially the fuel adjustment rates. Do you believe they are reasonable and in line with other communities? Should the city make a change in the way it handles utilities? Valentine: I do not have a comparison figure from other cities to go on. Do I believe they are reasonable? I feel we should be open to new options if there are any and take a close look at them.I, at this point in time , have no idea of any other way the city could change the handling of its utilities. WE really have no more control over our electric billing than we do gas at the pump. The choice we have is to live with or live without — neither of which is a good answer.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Valentine: Wellington’s biggest concern to me is the decline in our population. The economy is not good and the outlook is not favorable for the entire county as a whole.There are no short cuts to  success. We have got to get a major manufacturing base established here, one that is wanted and one that is needed. Quite frankly, four years is too far down the road. Things need to be happening now. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jim Valentine is a Wellington City Council challenger and former city councilman running for one of six “at large” positions on the newly restructured board.Registered voters within the Wellington city limits can vote in this race which will have 15 candidates on the ballot. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The second three will receive two-year terms.Voters can vote for up to six candidates. They can vote for one candidate, two candidates, three, four, five or six – but nothing more.The city/school election will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Valentine.1. Tell us about yourself.Valentine: I am 64 years old. I spent seven years in the U.S. Army and in the 101st Airborne Division and 69th Infantry Brigade. I was a Sgt. E5 Infantry Platoon and squad leader in the U.S. and in Vietnam.I have been a business owner for 35 years as a barber stylist at The Barbery. I am lifetime resident of Wellington. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. 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