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Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District candidates adrress issues

Traci Brammer

Heavy equipment operator for the Winter Park public works department

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

Absolutely. My daughter has participated in almost every preschool program that has been offered and my husband and I have both taught various classes offered through the FVMRD.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

I think that the board’s priorities for the next four years are to see to it that the recreation center, golf course and sports complex improvements are carried out responsibly while still offering the same quality of services to all community members and visitors.

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3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

My responsibilities as a board member would be to take care of the priorities that I previously listed by making sure that things stay on track budget-wise and time-wise.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

I have been a member of the Grand Kids board for the past three years, and I was also the vice president of the Recreation Majors Club in college.

5. What is your No. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

My number one reason for wanting to serve on the board is to be part of something as important and great as the construction of a new recreation center.

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term.

A goal that I would like to achieve in my four year term is to enhance all recreational activities that the FVMRD offers and I believe that the new recreation center will allow for this. I also think that it is important to retain the core staff that the FVMRD has.

Jill Carey

Involved in real estate sales

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

Yes, my family and I use the parks and golf club facilities. We are looking forward to the new recreation center and its programs.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

To construct the new recreation facility and the enhancements to the current facilities. To continue with the fundraising activities for the improvements for the Recreation District facilities.

3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

To represent the community on the board and to assist with the communications to the public on the Recreation District’s progress and its projects.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

Yes, I served three years on an HOA board in my community of 126 units. One year as member at large and then voted in as vice president for an additional two years.

5. What is your No. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

To become more involved in the community and to assist the board with my expertise.

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term?

To complete the Recreation District’s current plans and also to be involved in the future plans of the Recreation District.

Kevin Davlin

Attorney with Livingstone, Mueller, O’Brien and Davlin, P.C.

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

Yes, I use the clubhouse at Pole Creek.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

Financial responsibilities and not further wasting taxpayers property tax funds. Have you been reading the paper about unknown costs and overruns already? The newly found money? And how quickly it could be spent rather than saved?

3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

I will keep this answer simple … see answer number 3, supra.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

Yes, I have board experience. I am the chairman of the board, CFO. and CEO and sole owner and operator of three different businesses. The Rec District should be ran like a privately owned business such as (every) dollar counts as if it was your own coming out of “your own wallet” and not spent as if it is “taxpayers dollars and who cares, it is not my money.”

5. What is your No.. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

I will keep this simple again … See answers 2 and 4.

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term.

Once again .. see answers 2 and 4.

Jim Fox

Incumbent, retired from International Business Machines Corporation

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

Mary and I certainly use the golf course and restaurant regularly. When our grandchildren are with us they use facilities at the sports complex, such as the ice skating rink. My family and I look forward to using the new recreation center and taking advantage of all that it offers.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

The most important thing that the board can do is to manage the Community Enhancement project well. My definition of “well” is to bring the projects in on budget and on time. There are certainly other things the board should be focused on, but coming in on budget and on time overshadows all others.

3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

My responsibilities as a board member are to represent the citizens of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District and to ensure that the district is run in a professional manner, which includes being fiscally responsible.

I also believe that as the population of our district increases, families will require even more recreation programs. The board should remain in tune with the citizens to ensure their recreation requirements are met.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

I am currently a board member, and have been (a member) for the last four years.

5. What is your No. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

As a board member responsible for working to pass the bond issue, I (feel) obligated to remain on the board to ensure that the community enhancement project is delivered as promised to the voters.

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term.

See number 2 above.

Greg Gallavan

Business owner

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

Our daughter played little league baseball and softball for seven years at the ball fields. I golf once or twice a year.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

a) To get the facilities promised to the voters, completed on budget and in a timely manner.

b) To evaluate the executive director’s position and decide on how to organize the Recreation District staff to be a first class team that will operate our new facilities in a professional, responsible way.

c) To oversee responsible budgeting that will include maintenance dollars that will avoid problems like replacing clubhouses and sprinkler systems.

d) To evaluate whether the Recreation District should be in the restaurant business as the new clubhouse comes on line. This facility is designed to be a first class restaurant and needs to be operated year-round with a cross country ski connection with the YMCA.

e) To encourage more involvement of the community as the Recreation district evolves.

3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

a) To work as a team with the other board members and staff to provide the community with their expectations.

b) To make sure the Recreation District works within its budget and does not put itself in a position to ask the taxpayers for any more funding.

c) To attend all meetings and take an active role in learning about all facets of our district.

d) To take community input to the district.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

I served on the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for one term.

5. What is your No. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

The main reason for serving on the board is to be more involved in our community.

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term.

My main goal is to see the new facilities completed on budget and on time. The restaurant will be open year-around and be a profitable asset for our community and the Recreation Center will be operating with enough tourist income to provide taxpayers free or very low recreation center usage.

John Kacik

Stay-at-home parent and former electrician

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

I have two sons, 6 and 8 years old, who participate in recreation programs, including baseball, basketball, volleyball, archery, mountain biking, golf, and the after school program. During the summer, I coach the swim team and am an assistant T-ball coach. During the school year, I teach a Lego class for the FVMRD. Both of my children learned how to ride a bicycle at the sports complex. Our family spends most weekends during baseball and soccer season at the sports complex in Fraser. The whole family plays golf, although not well. I truly value recreation in our community.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

The most important challenges before the board in the next four years are two-fold. First, there is the construction of new facilities. The second challenge is the development of policies for the new facilities. The FVMRD board must develop operations, maintenance, and administrative policies. The FVMRD mission statement reads as follows: “Our mission is to provide recreation activities and facilities that contribute to a higher quality of life for the citizens and guests in our valley.” I know I can help create policy to allow the district to uphold this mission.

3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

My responsibilities as a board member are to, first, come to all board and committee meetings prepared to participate in a knowledgeable manner. Second, I will read and understand the District’s financial position and act in a prudent manner with taxpayer money. Third, I will support the board and the District in my actions. Fourth, I will know the District’s mission, purposes, goals, policies, programs, services, strengths, and needs. I will serve in a leadership position willingly when asked. If elected, I will have an open door policy. I will listen to all views in the community before I make a decision to represent the community as a whole. I will support all aspects of the FVMRD.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

I presently serve on the Board of Trustees for the Grand County Library District (GCLD). I have served on the GCLD board for four years. This is my second term as a trustee. For the last year, I have been the treasurer for the GCLD. As treasurer, I am directly involved with the budget. I also helped create a strategic plan for the GCLD. I served on the GCLD board when Marv Heemeyer destroyed the Granby Library. Subsequent to that event, the board rebuilt the Granby Library and also built a new library in Grand Lake. This gave me experience on a board that was directly involved in the construction of two new facilities. The GCLD board hired two separate building teams for these projects, but used the same owner’s representative, ARC. ARC was recently hired by the FVMRD as the construction manager/owners representative for the community enhancement project. My prior experience with ARC will be of great benefit to the FVMRD board.

5. What is your No. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

To help the FVMRD succeed in the challenges (which I have stated above) that face it in the next four years.

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term.

I would like to successfully create policy that will enhance the usability, efficiency and affordability of the new recreation center.

Terry Stanford

Director of Development, RENDEzVOUS Colorado LLC

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

My sons and I take advantage of Pole Creek, the tennis and basketball courts, and the parks.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

The FVMRD Board’s priorities in the next four years will be to closely monitor expenditure of the $23 million dollars in bond monies for the new facilities, while continuing to provide a high level of recreational opportunities for local adults and youth during the interim. The new projects will require focus, sound judgment and firm decision making; however, the District must also continue to provide and improve on existing activities at the same time.

3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

My responsibilities as a board member will include being available to listen and communicate, and then offer fair representation of the needs and concerns of individual and collective taxpayers, community members, and recreators.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

I have previous board experience and currently am a member of four boards.

5. What is your No. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

I decided to run for the board when the bond election passed and I knew that my experience managing large construction projects could prove beneficial to the community. I’m accustomed to working with developers, general contractors, and management personnel. I’ve learned that during the building of multi-million dollar projects, such as the District is about to undertake, there will be changes, omissions, mistakes, and different opinions. However, unanticipated events do not have to result in overspending or blowing the budget. I’m hopeful that I can bring a level of common sense, experience and foresight to the board that can serve as a voice of reason when the unexpected occurs.

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term.

I think I’d like to look back four years from now and see a more active community taking advantage of the new rec center, the new clubhouse, the improved ball fields, and all the improved and expanded recreational opportunities these facilities will offer all year long.

Howard Venezia

Incumbent, sspent 48 years serving as a merchant marine and Navy captain

1. Do you or your family use the district’s recreation facilities and parks?

I’m now primarily a Pole Creek golfer, WP/Sol Vista/Devil’s Thumb skier, hiker and almost a full time (community) volunteer…AND THAT INCLUDES BEING ON THE FVM REC BOARD. I played softball from almost the inception of the field complex until about five years ago when I felt (as a 70+ yr old) I was more of a liability than a resource. I’ve taken the fly fishing course and have donated two complete PC systems and (a) printer to the District computer ops course and am a user of the District’s TV rebroadcast service.

2. What are the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board’s priorities in the next four years?

The BOD’s “priorities” always are to insure the Rec District’s mission is fulfilled. That mission is: “Provide recreation activities and facilities that contribute to a higher quality of life for citizens and guests of our Valley.” To accomplish this over the next four years our Board priorities must include: Complete the enhancement projects within budget and on-time. These include the Rec Center, PC Clubhouse and irrigation system upgrade, and installation of a structure at the field complex to include the needed amenities of modern plumbing and service/storage/office space.

Continue to operate the District “in the black” fiscally… while paying strict attention to the required programming and structure of a “zero-based” and fully responsible budget. This “budget” includes: our human resource requirements; our balancing of the “income vs operating costs” ledger; our maintaining a viable capital improvements and operating “Reserves Account”; and our addressing and offset of adverse “acts of nature” (ie: Beetle Kill, Forest Fires, etc.); Be responsive and responsible to the (recreational) needs and concerns of the District’s electorate/users of rec offerings in all District rec venues.

Continue and enhance our “scholarship program” for those users in need. Redouble our citizen participation in our rec offerings. (We already doubled this participation over the past four years.)

3. What are your responsibilities as a board member?

Our BOD “responsibilities” are to insure the items listed in “2.” (above) are carried out in a “fully responsible and in a timely fashion” by both BOD and Staff.

4. Do you have any previous board experience?

My previous experience on this Rec District’s BOD goes back four years to May 2004 when I was elected to a four year term. In the past, I have also served as a director of the Pentagon’s Athletic Club’s BOD (two years), as senior officer/director of two separate Navy golf courses (Monterey and Long Beach, Calif.) … and reaching way back, I’ve served as the director of a Youth Sports Athletic Organization in Alexandria, Va.

5. What is your No. 1 reason for wanting to serve on the board?

My “No.1 reason” for wanting to serve on the BOD is to provide continuity and leadership to BOD and staff ongoing efforts to enhance all District recreational offerings and venues

6. List a goal you would like to achieve in your four-year term.

One of my personal goals for my next term on the BOD is to see the currently approved enhancement projects through to successful completion within budget and on time.

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