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Wellington City Council forum: Kim Woodrow

first_img2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Woodrow: I am a current city council member, and am running because I  believe the people are the government. I once said that the problems could not be fixed from the outside and a friend of mine called me on it. We all need to be involved.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?Woodrow: Most of the businesses that we’ve lost have been service oriented; resturants and stores, in and around the downtown area. While this is a concern, I think that if Wellington can entice  more indusry to the area, we will regain the smaller service types. I have been, and will continue working  with our new Economic Development Director to bring as many large scale job creators into the area as possible.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Woodrow: The oil industry has created financial gain for many of the surrounding areas, I have no problem supplying them with water as long as it creates no hardship on the people of Wellington. City Management is currently looking into using effluent water from our water treatment facility to fill these needs.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?Woodrow: We are looking into alternative water sources by drilling test wells to supplement current supplies. I believe we should always be searching for alternative methods to keep our community self sufficient. I am not in favor of rationing unless there is no alternative.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?Woodrow: The best answer to making Wellington a more viable community is to entice industry to our city and create more jobs. That being said, I am not in favor of raising taxes.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?Woodrow: We have a golf course that, as I understand, is one of the better courses  in the area, we have a water park, three museums, a baseball team, a go cart track, two lakes, four parks, a new high school and the Wheat Festival. I have, with Sherry Wiley, helped lead a goup of local citizens to clean up the town.  I  also asked the code compliance department survey the city and cite derilict buildings..  I will discuss with the council, the possibility of city assistance to people don’t have the means to make improvements to their properties. I believe if we want to draw people into our community, we have to make it presentable.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Woodrow: I do believe in tax incentives to bring new businesses into Wellington. This seems to be what many other communities are doing and, though, it may seem unfair to existing businesses, I believe it’s the only way we can be competetive and will pay back in the long run.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? Woodrow: We have lower electricity rates than Winfield but we are slightly higher, across the board, than comparable sized cities in Kansas. We have our own maintenece crews so, in the case of an outage, we have a quicker response time. We have not had a rate increase since 2007 and we have the lowest water rates.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Woodrow: The major concern, as I see it, is creating jobs and the only way I can see to do that is to bring more businesses into the community. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kim Woodrow 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 Woodrow.1. Tell us about yourself.Woodrow: I was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, attaining the rank of Sargent E-5. After leaving the military I worked for 35 years in the aircraft industry for Cessna, LearJet and Boeing, starting as an assembler and retiring as an industrial engineer. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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