Bob Dyer versus David Jones – Council District 4


Bob Dyer versus David Jones – Council District 4

Dear CLRC members and friends,

This is one of a series of candidate surveys for each of the five seats now open on the Arvada City Council. The question list came from suggestions made by our neighborhood association’s steering committee. The questions and the candidates’ responses are copied here, and all the candidates were asked the same questions. The responses are unedited except for formatting.

The District 4 Council member is elected by voters in the western part of the City – generally outside of our neighborhood association area. But District 4 Councilors must vote on all City issues, including those affecting central Arvada, and they may take campaign donations from anywhere in the City.

–JK

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David Jones

Q1: What experiences, job skills, education, training, volunteer work, committee work, or perspective on municipal affairs do you believe most qualifies you to sit on the Arvada City Council for the next four years (or for two years in District 1)?

I am Charismatic, Innovative and a Pacesetter. An optimist who faces challenges with hope & confidence not fear and anger. I have served on a dozen different nonprofit and for profit boards and all of my successes came by working in collaboration with all parties. It is critical that I bring my Strategic development, Strong leadership, Vision, and Bottom line focus to my service as a member of Arvada City Council.

I own and operate a successful Arvada based business with 85 employees ensuring its viability and growth through proper fiscal management.  

I believe that it is essential for our city partners and citizens to come together to determine zoning, building density, and other high-impact city planning issues. Developers should demonstrate value, getting residents “on board” by disclosing details that could modify the Arvada we all experience. Public works, roads, parking structures, and other projects need public input as well before the Council is approached, permits are granted, and construction begins. Through transparency, long-term plans can become realities that serve developers, the city, and its citizens.

Q2: Do you support the return of active recreation to south-central Arvada and will you actively work to encourage APEX to partner with the city in order to accomplish that? If so, how would you do that?

I am a firm believer that an active person is a happy person. I also believe that all citizens in our city need access to recreation within a reasonable distance to where they live. The needs of our people are continually changing and Arvada is a place where people can be active both inside and out. Our recreation facilities and trail systems are key to encouraging movement and activity. I will support active and results driven discussions with APEX to locate areas in Arvada that are under served and assist with a long term plan to address those needs.

Q3: Do you favor continuing ongoing and/or future urban renewal projects through the City’s Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA)? If not, which projects or urban renewal areas would you want to shut down?

I am in favor of ongoing and/or future urban renewal projects.

When evaluating urban renewal tools like Tax increment financing or even property tax incentives, perhaps the most important question is whether they actually make a difference. Do tax share backs cause a business or developer to choose a site it would have passed up without incentives, or would it have chosen the same location regardless? I believe that in today’s business environment it has become more competitive and these types of financing tools are a big part of all new growth.

I also know that businesses consider many other factors during the site-selection process, including labor costs and skills of the local workforce, proximity to suppliers and customers, access to transportation (highways and railroads), energy costs, and the cost for office or industrial space, regulations, and state and local taxes. In my opinion, these kinds of incentives help to off-set some of the other known factors in a business’s decision to relocate.

Although policymakers rarely have enough information to judge the long term impact of tax-incentive packages accurately (because things can change like the economy), they can and must do the following: First, they must be cautious by asking a lot of questions of the developer and city staff before approving tax-incentive packages and two, simply refuse to act as a rubber stamp for any business or development request. Everything we do in Arvada needs to make since financially and needs to be done responsibility.

Q4: If elected, will you favor asking the voters for a new user fee, or a new tax, to support increased road maintenance and/or new road construction?

I am not in favor of proposing a tax increase “Just because”. I would rather explore what all of the options are and then work for a responsible resolution. That would include developing a long term plan that will address city wide road maintenance, current pinch points like Indiana, Quaker, 64th etc., and any new road development. If the question gets to the point where we need the voters to decide, then YES, I would put it to the voters and let them decide.  

Q5: If you’re not an incumbent – or even if you are — how have you prepared, or will you prepare to serve on the Council if elected? What we’re looking for here is not just learning the mechanics of how City government works, but instead learning the ins and outs of current issues, how cities are funded, how they provide services, how they build infrastructure, and how they establish and work toward a common vision for the community.

I began my study and preparation a couple of years ago. I have been looking at and studying different issues that the current council has faced. In that study I have made my own determination on how I would have acted if I were sitting on council today. I have taken time to review the many different budgets to understand how each is funded. I have been a regular at the council Business meetings and workshops to hear firsthand the discussions and dialogue.

I have been active in the community by talking with the constituents and understanding from their perspective what is working and not working.

Additionally, I have met with AEDA, AURA, City Manager, Police Chief and the Fire Chief to hear from them what their biggest challenges are as a department. I have several other departmental meeting scheduled and plan to meet with all before the election. Like my business, if I can truly understand the needs of our employees, I can understand the needs of our business. The city is very much the same. I will work to foster the relationships within the city departments and do my part to enhance every conversation with a willingness to roll up my sleeves and get to work. It is important to understand what your people need to be successful.

In addition to these top five questions, the CLRC steering committee also had a number of concerns. They are added here as a group, and in a question format. Please feel free to comment on any or all of them as you see fit:

A: Do you favor (without a tax increase or additional fees) renewing the City’s existing bonds expiring in 2018? If so, what would your top priorities be for the available funding?

I would like to see if there is a way to finance the projects with cash on hand over time. This would be more like a reserve type fund that is funded over time based on the project. Having said that, I would support renewing the current bonds only if there was no other way to finance the current projects identified by the citizens group and approved by council.

Of the 30 or more different projects identified, council has narrowed that list down to 3 real projects. 72nd and Indiana, Ralston Road and a new Parks Maintenance building. I am in favor of the first 2 and believe that the parks building can be pushed to another time. I know there are other road projects like last 2 miles of Quaker from 72nd to 82nd, 82nd from the Westside of Leyden Rock development to Indiana, Intersection of 80th and Indiana. For me, these project would take a much higher priority than many others that were listed.   Unfortunately, I think this matter will be resolved before I take my seat on council.

B: Do you support widening the existing lanes on Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to Independence Street to make them safer for vehicle traffic?

I do! I think that this will be a welcome expansion by all who use Ralston Road.

C:  Do you support adding full-width sidewalks along this same road even if it means taking some available parking from adjacent businesses?

I would support adding “full-width” (However, I need to understand the definition of full width) sidewalks only after the conversations and agreements with local businesses had taken place. I would want to ensure that all parties have an opportunity to provide feedback and have input into the decision.

D: What is your position on allowing, either now or in the future, the legal sale of marijuana in the City or the establishment of smoking clubs as allowed under State law?

I attend the council meeting on March 17, 2014 where the current council voted 7-0 for a permanent ban of the any type of marijuana sales or grow operations in the City of Arvada. I was there in support of the ban and will continue to fight and keep the ban active even if I am not elected this November. This includes any kind of smoking club establishments. Our city does not need to offer retail or medical sale of marijuana now or in the future to succeed as a city.

E: On September 18th, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum and put 17 questions to the City Council candidates. But not all participants had an opportunity to answer all of the questions, and not all the candidates chose to participate in the forum. Are there any of those questions you would like to answer here? Or are there any responses you gave at that forum you’d now like to expand upon?

I don’t feel the need to answer any other questions or expand on any answers I provided. However, I would like to speak about my experience. I am not a member of the Chamber nor is my business. I did not know Mr. Winkler the owner of the Lamar Street Center before the event. For me as a new comer to this process any organization or location could be considered unfair. I made the decision that regardless of the venue or host I would attend. People deserve that of those they are considering for public office.

So I attended the forum held by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and found it to be a great opportunity for me to demonstrate to those in attendance and those who will watch online who I am as a person. The 15 topics present to me one week before the forum challenged me to ensure that I had sufficient knowledge and understanding of current activities and issues in the city. When I arrived the morning of the forum I received the same three questions as my opponent and the same 3 rapid-fire questions asked of all participants. Because I was prepared and up to speed with most of the topics presented, drafting my response was not difficult.

I wish that those who chose not to attend would have because I am a voter as well as a candidate and I personally would have loved to hear them speak and see how they interact in high pressure situations.  

[end of responses by Mr Jones]

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Bob Dyer (incumbent)

Q1: What experiences, job skills, education, training, volunteer work, committee work, or perspective on municipal affairs do you believe most qualifies you to sit on the Arvada City Council for the next four years (or for two years in District 1)?

I served on the Arvada Fire Protection District Board from 2002 to 2006, including 2004 to 2006 as President. I served on the Arvada City Council from 1991 to 1999 and from 2007 to present. In addition, I have served on many other boards including Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee, Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis, Arvada Economic Development Association and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.

To further my understanding of municipal government, I went to graduate school. I earned Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2000 from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Q2: Do you support the return of active recreation to south-central Arvada and will you actively work to encourage APEX to partner with the city in order to accomplish that? If so, how would you do that?

Growing up in what is now south-central Arvada, I know the importance of active recreational opportunities. I support APEX’s efforts and have continued to support Arvada’s financial support for such a project. We have partnered very successfully with APEX on other projects and I expect we will be successful in this as well.

Q3: Do you favor continuing ongoing and/or future urban renewal projects through the City’s Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA)? If not, which projects or urban renewal areas would you want to shut down? 

I support the ongoing projects and I would not support shutting down any of them.

Q4: If elected, will you favor asking the voters for a new user fee, or a new tax, to support increased road maintenance and/or new road construction?

I am not in support of raising fees or taxes for road maintenance. We must prioritize that within our current revenues. I would support asking for approval of bonding for new construction so long as it does not increase current tax rates.

Q5: If you’re not an incumbent – or even if you are — how have you prepared, or will you prepare to serve on the Council if elected? What we’re looking for here is not just learning the mechanics of how City government works, but instead learning the ins and outs of current issues, how cities are funded, how they provide services, how they build infrastructure, and how they establish and work toward a common vision for the community.

This is something I have worked on for thirty years, going back to my earliest days as a small business owner. I have been involved in the process through the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and a member of various City appointed committees. I have the practical experience of serving in local government for twenty years and I also earned the educational background that helps me every day in serving the citizens of Arvada.

In addition to these top five questions, the CLRC steering committee also had a number of concerns. They are added here as a group, and in a question format. Please feel free to comment on any or all of them as you see fit:

A: Do you favor (without a tax increase or additional fees) renewing the City’s existing bonds expiring in 2018? If so, what would your top priorities be for the available funding?

I do, depending on financial conditions at that time. My top priorities would be Ralston Road and the Parks Maintenance Complex.

B: Do you support widening the existing lanes on Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to Independence Street to make them safer for vehicle traffic?

I do.

C:  Do you support adding full-width sidewalks along this same road even if it means taking some available parking from adjacent businesses?

In general, yes. But I would want to work those adjacent businesses in designing and building those sidewalks so that they will benefit as well.

D: What is your position on allowing, either now or in the future, the legal sale of marijuana in the City or the establishment of smoking clubs as allowed under State law? 

I am not in favor of changing the current city ordinance.

E: On September 18th, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum and put 17 questions to the City Council candidates. But not all participants had an opportunity to answer all of the questions, and not all the candidates chose to participate in the forum. Are there any of those questions you would like to answer here? Or are there any responses you gave at that forum you’d now like to expand upon?

I feel that the forum was very fair to all involved and I believe I had the opportunity to answer the appropriate questions concerning District 4.

[end of responses by Councilor Dyer]

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
An earlier CLRC article has a listing of all the candidates, their contact information and their campaign websites. It has been updated during the campaign and can be found at this link:

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2015/08/25/11-candidates-vie-for-5-arvada-city-council-seats/

Other questions were put to the candidates in an open forum held by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. You can read their question list and find a link to the answers the candidates gave in return at this link:

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2015/09/25/eight-city-council-candidates-meet-in-chamber-sponsored-forum/

You may be in Arvada City Council District 4 and not know it. The district boundaries have changed since the last district election and have moved, roughly, to Ward Road. Here is a close-up the new District 3/District 4 boundary line.  (Click to enlarge)

District3 -- District 4 boundry

District3 — District 4 boundary

As always, “The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community does not endorse candidates for public office. However, we often post candidacy announcements, press releases, interviews and questionnaire responses for those running for office. And we encourage our members to actively support whatever candidates they choose during elections.”

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

You can read all of our articles on our main website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at

CLRC
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004

303-423-9875
jpkiljan@yahoo.com

October 12, 2015

 

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