To provide our readers with information to help them in their decision-making at the polls, the Record sent out a questionnaire to each of the candidates for the City Clerk in Pierz. Only candidates in races where the candidates outnumbered the seats available were sent questionnaires. In Pierz, two candidates filed for the city clerk seat.
The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and to respond to the following questions. Each of the responses was limited to 100 words. The questions asked included:
1) If local government aid (LGA) is reduced even further, or cut altogether, what will you do to balance the city budget?
2) What will you do to bring more business and residents to your city?
3) What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the city now and in the future?
Matt Bell, Candidate
Introduction: I was born and raised in the Pierz area and am a 2000 graduate of Healy High School. My wife Chelsey and I decided to move to the city of Pierz six years ago to raise our children, Laila, 6, and Xavier 10 months in this great community. I am also the owner/operator of DBM Pest Control for the past seven years. I feel I can represent not only the citizens, but also the business owners of this town well, and would love the opportunity to get involved in the decision- making process and to continue improving and meeting the needs of a great small city.
Question 1: I would first look into the possibilities of running city operations more efficiently to reduce spending, as well as maximizing profitability from the existing city-owned properties and businesses. There is always the option of holding off on anything that is not imminently a necessity for daily operations of the city. If something is slated to be replaced or fixed it could maybe be put off for an additional two – three years if possible. I think the possibility of the city generating income from acquiring additional businesses in the future could also be an avenue to pursue. I would look at all options before choosing the obvious answer of raising taxes.
Question 2: I feel the city of Pierz is an attractive community for everyone, young to old. However, if you bring more business, the residents will follow. Also to make the city more appealing by continuing with improvements I am all in favor for. I will also look at the option of holding more city events throughout the year to draw people in from surrounding communities or larger cities. This would not only benefit on a revenue standpoint but would give prospective residents, such as a younger couple looking to raise a family or retirees, a good look at what this fine town has to offer.
Question 3: Immediately? Enticing industry. Whether it be manufacturing, distribution, etc. to take a closer look at our industrial park. I would like to see it be a “no-brainer” in their books as to why look elsewhere to set up their operations. Relating to question #2 business will bring residents and industry is key to any city large or small. Future issues? I think keeping the younger generations wanting to stay in the area and being able to provide stable jobs locally for them are two topics on my radar. Another future issue may be to keep progressing forward. Great improvements have been made recently and I feel we need to keep the ball rolling in that direction.
Brittany Wurzer, Candidate
No response was received from this candidate.