Wellington City Council forum: Larry Shimer

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What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Shimer: I run again because a number of important decisions face the city in the future coupled with poor economic conditions which are out of Wellington leadership’s control. Over the past six years we have been in a similar situation and I always voted for the most important project for the city’s citizens while maintaining a balanced budget. I enjoy serving on the council and will continue to vote with the citizens’ interests in mind.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?Shimer: I will continue to encourage businesses of all sizes to move to Wellington. I will also continue to support all businesses which are operating in Wellington today. I encourage city staff to work with these businesses to make it easy to operate in city. Last year we hired a economic development individual who promotes uniquely Wellington’s interests.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Shimer: I am opposed to supplying purified city water to oil companies in times of water shortage. I will never vote to sell our water and put our citizens at higher shortage condition. I do, however, support the sale of gray water, which is affluent from our waste treatment plant. This sale has no correlation to palatable water availability.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?Shimer: There is a current study by an independent contractor which is researching alternate water sources for city of Wellington. Currently the city of Wellington gets raw drinking water from the lake, the Chikaskia River and from nine city owned wells. Dredging the current lake and drilling additional wells are two of the alternatives currently being considered to obtain more water for citizen consumption. Other alternatives are being explored. I am only in favor of water rationing if all other alternatives have been exhausted.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?Shimer: I am in favor of a balanced budget. Should revenue drop in future it will be responsibility of staff and council to prioritize needs and to adjust project budgets according.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?Shimer: The city currently financially supports the Chamber of Commerce to promote Wellington. Advertising is expensive and should be used to promote recreational venues, such as the golf course, aquatic center, all recreational sporting events and city and county festivals. this will bring out of town revenue to local businesses.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Shimer: I would vote in favor of tax incentives for businesses that will enhance the future of Wellington. Short term tax abatements entice businesses to the community and , ultimately, will add tax revenues to the city budget.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? Shimer: Wellington utility rates are in line with surrounding communities and communities in the state that are the same size as Wellington. Utility rates must cover the cost and delivery of those utilities. The city of Wellington cannot afford to lose money to deliver utilities and services.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Shimer:  I would like to see Wellington maintain the status quo or improve economically in the next four years. Unfortunately, most of the outcome of economic improvement will not be controlled by the staff or by the city council, but by outside entities. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Larry Shimer is a Wellington City Council incumbent 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 Shimer.1. Tell us about yourself.Shimer:  I am a retired Boeing employee and have served on the following city boards and commissions as a City Council. Wellington Planning Commission. Board of Zoning Appealslast_img