Four candidates have filed for two two-year terms on the Village of Salado Board of Aldermen. They appear on the ballot in the following manner: Merle Stalcup, Bryan Fritch, Frank Coachman and Dr. Amber Preston-Dankert.
Early voting began April 28 and continues weekdays through May 6. Early voting hours are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through May 5 and 7 a.m.7 p.m. May 6. Election day, polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 10.
Week One Questions
Question 1: The village entered into a contract with Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) to provide city management/administrative duties. In your opinion, is this arrangement working well? Should the village extend this contract beyond the current period ending in October? Why or why not? (200 word limit)
Question 2: Texas Department of Transportation estimates that the expansion of I-35 through Salado will be complete in late 2015. What, if anything, can or should the Village be doing to prepare for this? What, if anything, can or should the Village be doing now to bolster businesses that have been affected by the construction project? (150 words)
Question 3: What is -- or should be -- the role of the board of aldermen in terms of setting goals and policies and enacting the goals and policies of the Village? What is -- or should be -- the relationship between the aldermen and the mayor, between the aldermen and the city administrator and between the aldermen and the other staff? What will you do in terms of these relations? (200 words)
Week Two Questions
Question 4. What are your thoughts on the Village Comprehensive Plan? (200 words)
Question 5. What are your top five goals for the Village that you would like to see accomplished in the next five years? How would you help to accomplish those goals? (200 words)
Question 6. Why do you think development within the Village and its ETJ has been slow in recent years in terms of new housing starts, new businesses, etc.? Do you think the Village should be growing? If not, why not? If so, what, if anything, can the Board of Aldermen do to improve this (200 words)
Week Three Questions:
Question 7: What are your thoughts on the conditions of the village roads? (200 word limit)
Question 8: What are your thoughts on the maintenance and operations of the village park? (150 word limit)
Question 9: Will you as an alderman vote to call for a bond election for sewer? If called by the board, will you personally advocate for approval of a bond election for a sewer system? (300 word limit).
Final Week of Questions:
Question 10: What do you consider to be the greatest weakness or flaw in the Village of Salado government and what can you do to change it? (200 words)
Question 11: Why should anyone vote for you? (200 words)
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