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Municipal elections 2008: Questions for the Granby town board / mayoral candidates

Mayoral candidates

Jynnifer Pierro

How many years have you lived in Granby? 29 years. I moved to Granby in 1979 with my family and was raised in a downtown main street business, Country Hardware and Lumber. A graduate of Middle Park High School in Granby, I attended college in Denver then returned to Granby with my husband, Tom, in 1991 to manage the family business. We currently reside in Granby with our two children and own and operate our own business, Legacy Building Specialties, Inc.

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. I will be looking for someone who has good communication and people skills, and an attitude of optimism. He/she must be a strong leader, have an understanding of a resort community, be approachable and have a true interest in doing what is best for Granby.

All candidates should have a background that demonstrates these qualities.

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Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent?

A. I think the money should be used to improve the aesthetics of downtown in order to show community members and visitors alike what Granby has to offer. I would also like to assist existing businesses in generating more commerce and help attract new businesses.

Q. By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. I see Granby as the central hub of Grand County focusing on family, entertainment, shopping, offering a year-round destination. Granby has the most potential for family entertainment, retail establishments and year round job opportunities in the county.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s

citizens?

A. I would like to see Granby work with the county and other towns to provide this service. If that does not come to fruition, I think that finding a suitable location within the town of Granby to make recycling easy and convenient would be a necessity. I would like to see the town of Granby form an action committee to resolve the issues at hand and develop a program for our citizens that would make recycling a simple task.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. I believe that hiring a town manager is the number one issue at this point.

Improving communication within Granby, surrounding communities, government and Grand County citizens in general, is a must. We need to promote a positive atmosphere in all aspects of our community. I think we need to focus on affordable housing for the growth resulting from new developments that reside in and around the town of Granby. Health care remains to be an issue here. I would like to continue to encourage the efforts of the Rural Health Network to bring additional medical services to Granby. I welcome the new recreational facilities added to the town and am a proponent of continuing to add facilities for our youth, adults and visitors alike.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished at the end of your term?

A. I will have a good town manager in place who has an understanding of Granby. I would have a board that has an approachable attitude toward any citizen concern. I hope to have mended relations with businesses, county government and organizations within Granby and Grand County. And ultimately I would like to have created a warm, inviting and pleasant town in which we all could live, work and enjoy the beautiful surroundings the town of Granby has to offer.

Edward “Ted” Wang

How many years have you lived in Granby? 16

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. The new manager needs to have exemplary communications skills and be willing to interact regularly with Granby’s citizens and businesses. In addition, there needs to be understanding, respect, and active communication for and with the quality staff and employees of the town and the elected and appointed officials. The town needs a team builder who can integrate leadership with a sincere desire to maximize the strengths of staff and encourage professional growth and achievement. Having strong knowledge and experience in development, accompanied with municipal law, and being a quick study are vital too.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent?

A. Most of the money currently in the fund resulted from annexation and development of the City Market site at Grand Elk. Those funds were conceived, at the time, by the board to be used for downtown business district enhancements. In the future, when the bond proceeds come in (after bonds are sold), those funds are to be allocated, as per the agreements with the developers, on a 37/63 ratio recreation center/downtown redevelopment basis. The new library is a great addition to the town. Unlike a private enterprise, the library district is a governmental entity, with numerous options to raise the money they need. I believe the enhancement funds now on hand need to go directly to the business core on Agate Avenue.

Granby’s downtown has a huge potential to become vibrant and thriving. It will require vision, commitment, and a spirit of entrepreneurship from our businesses, along with some help from local government. We need to look at Granby as a whole, because both the new developments and the traditional central business district contribute to our sense of place and our overall economy. To be sure, there are challenges ahead, but I tell people all over the state that I firmly believe there is no place right now with more opportunity than Granby.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. I have long been an advocate of a comprehensive recycling program for Granby and Grand County, and I will continue to be. The economic realities are such that government funds will be needed to subsidize the costs of a program, but the costs of opening a new landfill are much higher. As a first step, I will push to restore an “in town” site with service similar to what we had until recently, and then I will eagerly work with the other towns and the county to find a long term program that will be convenient for our citizens and effective in reducing the waste stream into the landfills.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. Trying to meet the needs of a growing community in a cooperative manner without becoming beholden to special interests or narrowly focused agendas is something I think is key. We need to look at our community as a whole and balance our decision-making. There also needs to be a greater respect for alternative points of view, with a willingness to listen to others and consider. No one person, no one faction has “all the answers,” and better decisions are reached when there’s openness in the discussions.

How do we provide for the community’s needs with limited funds and increasing costs? How do we protect our small town atmosphere as we grow? How do we provide affordable housing for our workforce, protect the water resources that we depend upon for a big piece of our economy and for the water we drink, build the amenities (recreation facililties, parks, etc.) that improve our lifestyle, increase our business and jobs base? Those are just a few of the key issues before us, challenges I’ve proven I’m willing to take on and want to continue working on for our community.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. My time on the Board of Trustees and as Mayor has been during a time of great change for Granby, and there are a number of large projects that I want to see well under way (at least) or completed within the next four years. I want to see our downtown become a vital mixture of prospering businesses, with a focus on a variety of retail shops and restaurants at street level, with offices and some residential on the upper floors of redeveloped properties. Having a strong central business core will enhance Granby’s economy and will be the “glue” that binds the new business developments to the east and west to our traditional core and will benefit “old and new” Granby alike.

Fulfilling the dream of a recreation center is also high on my list. Over time, money will be available to seed the funding needed to build such a facility.

I want to see the visions of our development community realized. A great deal of planning has been done in a partnership with the town and our developers, and there are exciting projects on our doorstep. Current economic conditions may slow fulfillment of those visions, but I firmly believe that the quality that’s been planned will be impressive. I want to continue to participate in realizing the visions and to see them well under way before I leave office.

In the end, my only reason for being an elected official in Granby has been to do my best to make Granby a vibrant community that offers opportunity for all and is a safe, fun, and wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. There are, of course, other things I’d like to see accomplished, including improving the health of the Fraser and Colorado Rivers and the Three Lakes; but space here is limited. I welcome the opportunity to talk with our community’s citizens, business owners,

visitors, and anyone interested about the opportunities and challenges ahead and how they may be best addressed; and I welcome different perspectives and ideas being presented as we move forward.

Kirk G. Arnold

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. I feel the town manager should be supportive of our community. Our community and its elected officials come from all walks of life and are somewhat diverse. The town manager needs to be aware of our changing economy relative to revenue streams. He or she must work well with staff. They must have an understanding of working with the Board of Trustees as well as working for them. I feel if the board communicates as to what we expect from the town manager, issues will be at a minimum. This will give the town manager the opportunity to be successful in their work.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. I believe existing committees should continue to direct and provide input to the Board of Trustees as to what the downtown community wants. We need to be able to provide direction and funding to continue to enhance the downtown. The mayor and Board of Trustees cannot do this alone. We must continue to be involved in a duel decision making policy regarding the directions of downtown Granby. We need to be aware of other venues of commercial development; for example, Grand Elk, Shorefox and Granby Ranch. Granby’s downtown depends on how active we are as a community. It can be anything we want it to be. Granby’s downtown district eventually will become a center of commerce. We need to view our downtown as an asset of which will eventually become the commercial center of Grand County. We have two main highways intersecting, a future medical campus, and three schools that will always provide traffic to downtown Granby.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. Recycling is a process that has given us many examples of “how to recycle.” The solution will be potentially expensive. Someone will have to pay for recycling. As a community, we must all be willing to be involved, either by funding or providing some other form of assistance (i.e. donating time or volunteering for the physical demands of recycling). We need to explore our options, pick one and implement it. This will allow us to measure the need and success of the program (i.e. local refuse collection company will assist in the gathering of materials. We would need to provide the sorting and then work out a transporting process to another site away from Grand County). I will explore all options and provide funding if we can afford it as a town. I will encourage all of our communities in Grand County to come on board.

Q. What do you think the top issues facing Granby are?

A. In the past, many investors felt Granby was a place to invest resources. People found Granby to be a great place for recreation, home ownership, and a solid workplace. Due to global economic conditions, Granby’s situation could change. We must be aware of changes, some of which may be negative. Granby must continue to acknowledge what we have. We must continue to promote our community. Financial responsibility by our elected officials must be of utmost importance. However, we need the whole community to be involved. Our environmental concerns, bark beetle infestation, water quality, and air quality will be at the forefront of our list of concerns.

We are a great community, made up of great people. We can and will be able to provide solutions to the up and coming issues as long as we work together.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished at the end of your term?

A. In four years, I would like to look back and know I was part of an era that overcame adversity, provided a friendly environment to live and work in, and have a sense of community awareness. I would like Granby to be the “commercial hub” of Grand County. I would like to see more affordable housing, childcare, and a medical system in place. There are other issues we need to address; however, I believe we need to continue to focus on the needs of our community members. I moved here 23 years ago and feel the best is yet to come.

Joe Fuqua

How many years have you lived in Granby? 23

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. The qualities that I am looking for in a new Granby town manager is someone who has common sense, is fiscally responsible, energetic, personable, has strong self confidence, and is willing and able to work with others.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. Many good ideas are floating around in regards to the $600,000-plus. One of the first and foremost ways this money should be used is by rebuilding the collapsed gazebo in Granby’s town park; many organizations along with individuals used this structure in the summer months. This money should also be spent by purchasing good-quality snow removal equipment for clearing the town’s sidewalks during the winter months. Third, the water plant in Granby needs some updating. It was built in the 1980s. Updating the water plant with new and improved technology will provide a better water system and water to the citizens of Granby.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. There are a lot of issues with establishing reliable, and also convenient recycling programs for Granby. If elected I will do or assist in any way possible to foster that program. I have a few years of experience in working with environmental challenges in Granby and Grand County.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby are?

A. The relationship with other agencies both government and non-government in and around Grand County is a top priority. Second, the town’s water treatment plant has been in service for well over 20 years. When the raw water line was installed to the top of Mesa in order to water the ball fields, the taxpayers were told that updates or new facilities were also needed very soon. That was over 10 years ago and no further information on any repairs or updates has happened yet. Third, the current slowdown in the housing market is also cause for concern.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. If I am elected as the mayor of Granby, I will improve the relationships with other agencies. The current perceptions and reflections of the town of Granby are not the best throughout Grand County. Re-establish Granby as the economic hub of Grand County.

Trustee candidates

Deborah Shaw

How many years have you lived in Granby? 27

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. We will need a town manager who is a team player. Our town has an excellent staff that doesn’t need a lot of micro-managing. Our new town manager should know how to work with developers so agreements made with them benefit the town. I would also like the town manager to be active in our community.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. I would like to see the downtown improvement funds be spent on the entrepreneurship program to bring more businesses into town and help our existing businesses grow. Money should also be spent on way-finding signage, streetscape designs and putting in the landscaping sections. Granby’s future downtown: A place where our community would like to visit and hang out, where tourists would like to visit and shop.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. I think our county needs a recycling center. We need help from the county and the towns of Grand County to develop a workable and affordable plan. I would like to be part of a committee to work on that plan.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. 1. Rebuilding and reinventing Granby’s downtown.

2. Improve the town streets, paving and drainage issues

3. Finding a town manager

4. Affordable housing

5. Making sure development is done correctly.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. At the end of my term, I’d like to see: Improvements to our streets; a positive move toward creating affordable housing; the hiring of a new town manager who is a good match with our town and staff; and a Granby downtown that is attractive and thriving.

Elaine Henrekin

How many years have you lived in Granby? 12

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. I would look for someone with the credentials and experience to bring Granby to it’s full potential. Someone who understands a mountain town and its problems and will get involved in the community. Someone who will listen to and respect the ideas and opinion of others.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. I think some of the money should be used to entice retail business to our downtown ” whether it’s with tax incentives, low cost loans, or whatever it takes. I’d also like some of the monies put aside to start a fund for our own recreation center. A healthy option for young and old to enjoy year-round. I would like to see some downtown improvements come to reality now or at least in the near future. We’ve been hearing talk about it for two years now and I think it’s time to take some action. I think if we can start looking more inviting, more people will stop and take notice.

Right now the traffic just breezes though without stopping unless the light is red. I believe starting with bulbouts, new street lights, planters, trimmed trees, and a clean looking street and sidewalk would be a great improvement.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. I would do some research first to find out where we are in the process, then proceed from there. I’d really like to see it brought back into Granby itself.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. Responsible growth, recycling, downtown improvements and the need for more retail stores.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. I’ve never been on a town board before and I have a lot to learn, but I would like to see the town enhancements come to be, a responsible growth plan in place, a schedule of improvements to the infrastructure of the town so it stays up to date and lastly the realization of a recreation center or at least the plans for one.

Greg Mordini

How many years have you lived in Granby? 3. I have been married 17 years and have two boys ages 6 and 8. We moved here three years ago to raise our children in a close, community-minded environment.

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. The town of Granby needs a solid leader with a proven record of accomplishing goals. The manager needs to be accountable to the town board and committed to the direction the board has set. The Manager will need exceptional interpersonal and communication skills in order to deal effectively with the board and their constituents.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent?

A. The funds need to be focused on the existing downtown area. Potential solutions include matching programs, zero interest loans and an expansion of our grant programs.

Q. By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. Granby is at the heart of Grand County and a natural focal point for business and recreational activities. The last few years have seen remarkable growth in the physical size of our town with the addition of golf course, skiing and fishing based communities. I would like to see the town leverage these additions by supporting an inviting downtown with the shops, restaurants and services designed to meet the needs of our community.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. Recycling is a high priority for the town and Grand County and I believe we need a countywide, coordinated effort. Recycling can be costly to implement and the town needs to be committed to spending funds to make the program work.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. Revitalizing downtown, a county-wide recycling program and hiring a new town manger are all top issues that Granby faces right now. I also believe a critical issue facing Granby is the fundamental way our town does its business. I believe the perception of Granby is that our town government is difficult to deal with. By simply reading the local paper these past few months, one gets the impression our town is constantly at odds with its citizens and businesses attempting to work through the governmental processes. I believe this adversarial nature needs to change. I would like to see the town board serve as a “Good Neighbor” to those who request our services or wish to participate in town business. The town board needs to be open-minded and welcome input and ideas from those it serves.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. I envision a welcoming downtown with thriving businesses serving our residents and guests. I envision a town where people want to live and work. I want the perception of Granby’s government to be one that effectively serves the needs of the community in an easy and approachable manner.

Greg Guthridge

How many years have you lived in Granby? My wife and I have been Granby residents for 32 years and raised our two sons here. I started my career at Mountain Parks Electric as an apprentice lineman and am now the Manager of Operations. My wife Sandra worked at the Granby Post Office for 25 years and is now the U.S. Post Master in Fraser.

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. What I look for in a town manager is a person with good communication skills and common sense. The town manager needs to be a person that brings alternative ideas to the board for consideration with Win/Win recommendations that benefit both town and business.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. There is a downtown improvement program fund of $600,000 + that I feel should be spent on infrastructure. The town needs to provide more parking and improve pedestrian access to the downtown business area, the City Park, Post Office and Library. There is also a need for storm drains and improved roads.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. Recycling is a regional issue and there needs to be a regional solution. Granby needs to work with all the Towns and Grand County to find that solution.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. The town’s image needs to improve. The town of Granby needs to both be a tourist-friendly and business-friendly town. Kaibab Park is not being utilized to its full potential. There are thousands of RVs and campers that drive through Granby each year without a place to park. There should be a discussion about a possible rest area and overnight camping at Kaibab Park. Tourism helps business. The town of Granby needs to improve its relationships with our neighboring towns and Grand County.

There may be the possibilities of shared services that could benefit all the citizens of Grand County.

Hire Locals and have a Local Purchasing Policy. Our tax dollars need to be spent locally. Currently, thousands of dollars are being spent on “out of town” consultants. If we have local firms that can provide the same services as the out of town consultants, then we need a process that allows the locals to compete for those consulting services.

Q. If elected what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. Granby has always been a blue collar town and a great place to raise a family. There are many citizens that volunteer to serve their community by coaching ball teams, being a volunteer fireman, helping our seniors or being a Cub Scout leader. Some people chose to serve their community by running for the town or school boards. I feel that all those volunteers have a common goal and that is to make Granby a better place to live. If I am elected, by the end of my term I would hope that I helped make Granby a better place to live.

Charles LaBrake

How many years have you lived in Granby? 28

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. As far as what I would be looking for in a new town manager, it will be someone who has the same vision for the town of Granby as the town board’s. Someone who is capable of learning all the town codes. Someone who can get along with the town’s staff, the town’s employees, developers, and the residents of Granby. And too, someone who can bring new ideas to the planned growth of Granby.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. I think that the Downtown Improvement’s $600,000-plus should be spent on the improvement, and betterment of downtown Granby with regards to the existing businesses currently on main street.?I see the future of Granby’s downtown as a long-range plan of more prosperity, beauty, and more attractive to sidewalk traffic.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. Recycling is a very expensive issue. A plan needs to be developed that will involve all of the communities in the county, including the county itself, to make a recycling program more feasible for us all. I have been working with Valley Recycling to assist them in staying in business in our county.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. The top issues facing Granby are the downtown area, the rec center, development, and relationship with the other towns within our county, including the library and the fire department.

Q. If elected what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. I hope to see a “better” Granby. A place that is a destination and not just a drive through.

Travis Zeke Burmaster

How many years have you lived in Granby? Since July 2005

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. We need a town manager who works well with others and will not turn every project into a crisis. Effective communication is a key skill in the town manager position, and the new candidate should have great communication skills and the ability to evaluate and recruit the appropriate talent for the projects in front of them.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. That is an extensive question that can only be answered by evaluating all of the needs of the town of Granby. Although there may be far-reaching needs for the town of Granby, I feel that the young families of Granby need more recreation facilities for the youth of Granby to enjoy winter and summer activities. The process should include extensive planning including all types of facilities. I would hope Granby downtown will also continue to grow with more retail shops and restaurants, and the economy of Granby will help dictate the direction of that growth.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. I support recycling, and I believe we must all contribute to make any program a success in the town of Granby. Recycling is a very important issue on the table, and I believe we can find a viable and reliable recycling solution by evaluating several options in a manner which will fit into an approved budget for all of Grand County. I truly believe this is a Colorado State and Grand County shared issue which must be supported by all of the towns in Grand County.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. I believe population growth, economic development, and projects for the youth of Granby are the top issues facing the town of Granby. I feel recycling is an issue within population growth, and I do not want to downplay the importance of keeping this town “clean and green.” The youth of Granby is the future of Granby, and I want to make sure we are building our citizens and a great place for the future.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. My goal as a board trustee is to listen, contribute, and volunteer for the development of the town of Granby. Granby will grow in the next four years, and I hope that I can have a chance to listen and funnel the ideas of all citizens to the town board of Granby. I do not want or plan to develop my own ideas of what Granby should be, but rather I would like to be a sounding board for all of the citizens of the town of Granby. Granby should be a place where everyone can contribute to make this town a great place to live. The board of trustees, town manager, and staff should recognize where other similar communities are successful, and the members could recommend policy to help Granby develop in a comparable manner without complete self-discovery.

Peter Gallo

How many years have you lived in Granby? 25

Q. What will you look for when hiring a new Granby town manager?

A. I would look for someone with experience in communities that experienced growth spurts and has the ability to work with state, county, and city governments and staff.

Q. How do you think the downtown improvement program fund should be spent? By extension, how do you see the future of Granby’s downtown?

A. First and foremost, it should be spent implementing the Downtown Enhancement Plan the city has adopted. Secondly, it should be spread among the existing businesses on main street so that they can improve their main street facade (painting, signs, rock or brickwork etc.) Also, I do not believe anyone should get a bigger share than anyone else. Third, as an incentive to new businesses to locate on main street.

I see the future of Granby’s downtown as mainly a financial and professional center,with limited retail stores for the near future. I hope as the community and population grows to see increasing retail stores on main street.

Q. What will you do to help establish a reliable recycling program for Granby’s citizens?

A. I would work with the county and sister cities in Grand County to find a financially feasible solution to the recycling problem.

Q. What are the top issues facing Granby?

A. I believe balancing the demands of new growth on the town and its staff with the needs and concerns of our current citizens to be the major issues facing Granby.

In my experience on the Planning Commission I have found that very few citizens get involved in what is happening and would encourage everyone to get involved and attend both Planning Commission and Town Board meetings. The only way your mayor and trustees know what you want is for you to be there and let them know.

Q. If elected, what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of your term?

A. I would like to have the Downtown Enhancement Plan not only put into action but major phases of it completed.

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