Editor’s note: There are three Jacksboro City Council places up for election May 10. The April 22 Gazette featured candidates for Place 5. Today’s features the three candidates running for Place 3 — incumbent Ken Joslin, Larry Hopwood and Jeff Miller.
What are the top three priorities that you believe are the most pressing concerns for the Jacksboro community?
Ken Joslin: 1. Streets — Our streets are in dire need of resurfacing and have been for a long time. 2. Water conservation — We are fortunate to have two good lakes while our neighboring communities are suffering with drought conditions. We must conserve and protect our water so we do not find ourselves in a similar situation. 3. Wise use of funds — We must use our funds wisely. Citizens are strapped with high prices and as we spend money, we must always keep that in mind so taxes are reasonable.
Jeff Miller: 1. Proper street repair and upkeep; 2. Building a healthier working relationship amongst city council, city manager and city staff; and 3. Continue to improve the image of Jacksboro by any improvement that we can do.
Larry Hopwood: This country was founded by a group of citizens that were tired of an overreaching government. They said that “We the People” are the final authority. We now have a city council, county board, hospital board that think they know better. The people voted down the jail and hospital, but the boards went around the people and issued bonds. This, we have to pay for. The fire house wasn’t even brought before the people. The bonds were issued before the public hearing - enough said.
What suggestions and solutions would you offer to improve city streets?
Miller: Research all funding possibilities such as grants and governmental assistance. Make smart decisions on the repairs and improvements within the abilities of the budget.
Hopwood: Get someone competent to handle it.
Joslin: Street repair and resurfacing are very costly. As a result, we must carefully plan how we can do as much as possible, but be sure the work is done correctly so it will last — we can’t afford to sacrifice quantity for quality. In order to do this, contractors need to be checked for proper licensing and insurance, as well as references. We also need to prioritize streets used for emergency by ambulance, police, and fire. Also, those traveled most frequently by all citizens should have priority over others.
To read the complete article, see the April 25 Herald.