It’s everyone’s responsibility to give back to their community, and my community planning background offers valuable insights for City Council. I’ll work to move Cheyenne in a positive direction on a sound financial footing.
City Council decides resolutions, ordinances, budgets, annexations, rezoning, development plats, street improvements, maintenance, and other matters that powerfully influence this community. Ward 2 is developing rapidly, so we need representatives who understand how to guide development to create a pleasant community and avoid adverse impacts on existing neighborhoods.
Being an effective City Councilman requires difficult decisions. My thirty years of public service provide the expertise to understand these issues and the judgment to serve as an effective member of the Cheyenne City Council. I understand the tools and analytical techniques to assure we make the right decisions. As a veteran Air Force officer, I respect ethics, honor, and the Constitution of the United States.
Experience and Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science, Urban Planning, MSU, 1981
Air Force Officer (Captain/Instructor Navigator), Strategic Air Command, 1982-1990
Master of Science, Transportation Planning (honors), MSU 1992
Master’s Certificate, Project Management, GWU 2001
18 Years experience planning streets and highways
5 Years experience in local and metropolitan government
Cheyenne resident since 2010 - studying local development issues in detail
I’m a veteran and a veteran’s son. I’ve lived in eighteen cities and visited hundreds more, in 49 states and 14 countries. I’ve seen cities done right – and wrong. I’ll help Cheyenne do it right.
#1: Urban Development Control (Smart Growth)
Residents of Ward 2 see our area developing rapidly, with hundreds of homes, new schools, and commercial properties under construction. Folks in Wards 1 and 3 can look south on I-25 and see a whole lot more is headed straight toward Cheyenne. One new road connection at High Plains Interchange could allow massive new development with roughly 30,000 residents, from College Drive to High Plains Interchange – increasing the population of Cheyenne by 50%.
Depending on development patterns, each household adds 8-10 new daily vehicle trips on our roads. We need to assure that traffic from new growth doesn’t overwhelm existing neighborhoods, like Western Hills, Bel Air, Indian Hills, Crest Ridge, Buffalo Ridge, and View Point. We need to manage traffic volumes, keep speeds under control, and protect public safety.
For that, and we need to anticipate where safety problems will occur, BEFORE they become a danger to the public. We also need to assure neighborhoods have safe access to our Greenway System, so that the whole community benefits from the investment. We also need to evaluate each new development to assure it covers a fair share of costs, and doesn't overtax existing facilities.
#2: Protecting Private and Public Property Values
Cheyenne citizens have a lot invested in our homes. As Cheyenne and Ward 2 grow, we need to not only assure that new development is done wisely, but also protect, maintain, and modernize city assets in existing neighborhoods. In too many cities, development occurs on the outskirts as they neglect maintenance of existing street and utility infrastructure. It’s essential that we have monitoring and management systems in place to assure that our community street and utility assets are repaired and replaced on an appropriate schedule.
It's easy to suggest spending or cutting. The truth is we need to carefully balance city revenue with the costs of maintenance and wise community investments. We can't simply slash revenue and let city infrastructure deteriorate. We can get away with that for a few years, but now we see revenues declining and streets in disrepair. When cities continue such policies, they end up with infrastructure that is beyond repair, as happened in so many American cities. I will work hard to assure that doesn’t happen to Cheyenne.
I propose to accomplish that by several measures:
Developing infrastructure and asset management systems to anticipate repair costs well into the future and assure we are on target. We need to do the math.
Keeping tax rates low by using revenue efficiently.
Reducing future street maintenance costs by eliminating unnecessary pavement.
Making neighborhoods walkable and bikeable.
Enforcing existing city ordinances.
#3: Attracting and Retaining Good Jobs for Cheyenne
Prosperity of our city and citizens depends on attracting new employers and retaining the ones we have. We especially need to concentrate on the basic employment sectors that bring in revenue that circulates in the Cheyenne economy. Cheyenne needs to assure we provide what business needs to thrive.
Census data shows our area lags the rest of the US in several employment sectors, including:
Arts, design, media, sports, entertainment
Healthcare practitioners and technology
Engineering, Computers, Science
To attract this type of employment, we need to provide the resources and amenities that these industries require. We need to:
Provide an attractive community first impression, so people will look twice at Cheyenne.
Assure that appropriate developable land parcels are available, with the right lot size, zoning, and access to utilities, transportation, and markets.
Educate, attract and keep the talented young work force that is required for high-tech employers to locate and expand in Cheyenne.
Assure desired public amenities are available, such as good schools, college, and cultural and recreational opportunities.
Properly fund parks and recreation so that we attract new residents and businesses.