Ballot Question #1
I do not support raising the limit of 30 homes per developer per year. Prior to the recent proposal for residential development on voter approved land, I was concerned this limit was a contributing factor for no growth. Now, with economic conditions improving in our city and a bid on the approved land, the limit of 30 homes per developer is working. Therefore, I am voting No on Ballot Question #1.
Ballot Question # 2
I oppose Ballot Question #2 – adding an interchange to Interstate I-11 at Buchannan Boulevard. The Boulder City Master Plan, with input from our citizens, recommended no interchange, and I agree. We already have one interchange at I-11 and 95 that can be available for commercial development and we do not need another at this time.
I feel strongly about the preservation of our historical heritage. I am in favor of the present requirement that refers homeowners to the Historic Preservation Committee for suggestions to maintain historic standards. I am not in favor of those recommendations becoming a mandate for any homeowner.
Boulder City Schools
Over 50 years, Boulder City High School enrollment increased from 400 students to 750 students. More recently, though, there has been a decrease to fewer than 600 students. The loss of three teachers for 2018 is another distressing effect of the shift in student numbers.
In the past, community involvement in K-12 ensured our excellence, whatever the enrollment. But, unfortunately, today that is not enough. We lose many of our outstanding juniors and seniors to magnet schools and Nevada State College where they earn college credits while attending high school classes. The snowball effect has caused teaching positions to be cut and, recently, the loss of our high school art teacher.
The suggestion of Boulder City giving money to the Clark County school system to continue programs and keep teaching positions will not work. This city already provides for and maintains two ball fields for our high school, which is the obligation of the Clark County School District, and we receive little in return.
I support a new initiative to assist teachers in becoming master-certified. This would enable those qualified teachers to teach both high school and college credit courses. This could be accomplished by grants or philanthropy and would be a creative solution. This would allow our high school students to receive the very best education and the Boulder City High School experience.
I have also learned that on the pivotal issue of growth we are extraordinarily united. No one wants uncontrolled, hopscotch growth and most want enough growth to keep us economically viable. I am optimistic about the future of Boulder City. Our solar leases have improved our financial outlook, the controlled growth ordinance is working and we will soon be free of the incessant traffic.
We now have a unique opportunity to utilize our financial and intellectual resources to study and address issues such as:
WHERE I STAND
I feel strongly about the preservation of our historical heritage. I am in favor of the present requirement that refers property owners in the Historic District to the Historic Preservation Committee for suggestions to maintain historic standards for new construction or reconstruction. I am NOT in favor of those recommendations becoming a mandate for any homeowners.
I strongly disagree with Candidate, Kierman McManus, who stated that the Boulder City Council should enact ordinances to give the Council authority to mandate that property owners maintain the historic appearance of their houses or business properties. He also favors giving the unelected Historic Preservation Committee the authority to draft and apply design standards for all properties in the Historic District (which includes a vast area of our older neighborhoods such as Avenues A-L, Ash, Birch, Cherry, Date, California, Colorado, Arizona, Denver, Utah, Wyoming, 5th, Hillside Mountain View, Park Place and the downtown business area).
Mr. McManus believes we should follow the model of Connecticut, which requires property owners to get approval from a preservation commission before they can build any new structures – or make even the slightest alterations that are visible. Under this draconian scenario, all homeowners and business owners living in our Historic District would be at the mercy of this unelected committee. That kind of “Big Brother” regulation does not belong in Boulder City.
Let’s work together to preserve our historic heritage without enacting radical governmental mandates that take away our precious freedom.