Q&A with Glenwood Springs City Council candidates
Dave SturgesAt large seat (unopposed)Occupation: Retired attorneyAge: 69Family: Wife, Linda; two grown children, Luke of Denver, and Kate of Portland, Ore.Education: B.A., DePauw University; J.D., University of Michigan Law SchoolCivic involvement: Past: United Way of Garfield County; LIFT-UP; Re-1 School Accountability Committee; Garfield Legal Services; Garfield County Jail Advisory Committee; Garfield County Community Corrections Board; various appointed positions on federal, regional, state, local roads and transit planning governmental entities; Colorado Natural Areas Council; Colorado Water Quality Control Commission; Glenwood Springs Transportation Commission, Glenwood Springs Planning & Zoning Commission. Current: Glenwood Springs City Council, Mayor Pro Tem; Colorado Municipal League, Executive Board; Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Executive Committee; Rural Resort Region; Associated Councils of Government; I-70 Coalition, Rocky Mountain Rail Authority, Garfield County Senior Services Advisory Committee; Garfield Clean Energy Advisory Board; Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.How long have you lived in Glenwood Springs? 33 yearsWhere are you from originally and what brought you to Glenwood Springs?Born and raised in Webster Groves, Mo.; resided and worked in Chicago, Springfield, Ill. and Denver before moving to Glenwood Springs to join the Delaney & Balcomb law firm.What prompted your decision to run for re-election to City Council?I wanted to use my experience as a City Council member, along with my longtime public service experience in our community, to help position the city to take advantage of our opportunities to grow our economy while preserving our small town character.What steps would you propose to cut the city’s budget if revenues continue to decline?Review our first quarter revenues and expenses against our 2011 budget; hear the city manager’s recommendations on further cuts in expenditures to maintain reserves, consider recommended options to cut expenditures through reduced hours of services, employee furloughs, early retirement incentives, fee increases, and other cost reduction or revenue enhancement means.How should the city proceed in addressing the ongoing Highway 82/Grand Avenue traffic issue?Commence discussions with the Colorado Department of Transportation, Garfield County, downtown and community leaders to discuss options for improving pedestrian safety and traffic management options, including an examination of a new Exit 116 for I-70.What are your thoughts on the downtown and confluence area planning efforts?Every effort and opportunity to stimulate the downtown’s vitality should be examined and promoted where appropriate for public investment and support. Planning for the development of the confluence area is now critical for capturing the unique opportunities the river access presents so that it integrates the downtown area with these new public space opportunities.What are some other key issues facing the city, and how would you address those issues?The adoption of the city’s new Comprehensive Plan along with Garfield County’s Comprehensive Plan and other comprehensive plans recently adopted by municipalities in both the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys offer the opportunity, if not the responsibility, for pursuing more collaborative and joint planning efforts. Working toward new agreements for joint planning procedures with the county should be a high priority for all of us in local government.
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