City commission candidates — District 4

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District 4
David Briseno
Age: 51
Occupation: Educator
Prior elected position: none

• What do you want to see happen to Hotel Clovis and how do you propose we get there?
I personally would like to see the Hotel Clovis restored. However, I do understand that coming up with the capital to make that happen has been a challenge. We probably need to set some type of a timeline/deadline, and if we are unable to find a way to restore this historic site, then we need to demolish the building and move on.

• How would you propose we attract new business to town?
There are several factors that are analyzed by new businesses any time they are thinking about moving into a new community. One is public education system in that community. They want to be assured that we will have an informed and educated work force as well as having a quality school system for the children of their employees.
Another area involves quality of life issues, recreation, cultural activities, medical and dental care, shopping and restaurants. The Clovis community does a good job of meeting many of these needs.
They are also looking for communities that will assist them as they develop their business.
I would work with others in the community, just I have been, to ensure that we continue to provide these quality services to the citizens of our community. I will certainly work with others in our community to attract businesses to our community that will benefit everyone.

• What is your long-term vision for the city? And how will you plan for that?
I would like to see an expansion of the recreation services available to our young people. My wife, Margaret, and I have raised four children in this community, and what we have found is that if you are interested in participating in sports, then there is plenty to keep you busy. If you are not an athlete, then your options are limited. I am currently working with a multi-agency committee to help facilitate that occurring in Clovis. City government needs to a part of that.
I would work to provide our police officers, firefighters and paramedics with salaries that are competitive enough to keep them in Clovis. We’ve lost too many good people to other agencies because salaries are not competitive.
Clovis is already a quality place to live and raise a family. I want to keep it that way.

• What do you think the city should do to address water conservation?
We need to develop a comprehensive plan to address this issue. There are many things that are being done now that I believe have been effective. Most of these are dependent on citizens voluntarily doing what they can to conserve water. There may come a day when these restrictions become mandatory.
Some other items to consider would be the turfing of all our athletic facilities, soccer fields, softball complex, Jim Hill Field, etc. While the initial investment would be significant, the savings in the long run would make it a good investment.
We also need to work at attracting businesses to our community that are not so dependent on water. I’ve been somewhat concerned with the current trend to bring industries to our community that are so water intensive.

• What do you consider the city’s greatest need today? And how should we resolve that issue?
The identification of a greatest need depends on the perspective from which one addresses this issue. Several needs will be addressed by the various candidates and all would be valid. Once elected, I will work with others on the commission and in the community to address these needs. For me, the greatest need is the expansion of recreation and other services available to our young people. We need to find a way to occupy their time with productive and healthy activities. Working together with others in this community, we can make this happen.

• Do you think the city needs more or fewer ordinances? What are some ordinances that need to be added or removed?
I believe that in this case, less is better. We also need to look at our capacity to enforce current ordinances and any that might be proposed in the future. I am open to continued discussion on this topic.

Chris Bryant
Age: 57
Occupation: Owner of Foxy Drive-In
Prior elected position: None

• What do you want to see happen to Hotel Clovis and how do you propose we get there?
Regarding the Hotel Clovis, it would be wonderful to see someone come in and renovate this historic hotel, but due to the cost of renovation, I’m not sure we will see this happen. I would try and contact the people or companies that have shown interest and see what there feelings are toward this property; otherwise, I see no other choice but to look at other options.

• How would you propose we attract new business to town?
As far as new business in Clovis, I believe we have to look at possibly offering incentives to attract new business. I would also like us to clean up the areas coming into Clovis as to make it more presentable to a business prospect.

• What is your long-term vision for the city? And how will you plan for that?
My long-term vision for the city is to continue our effort to maintain what we currently have and what we are currently working toward. I would especially like the city to pursue the emergency operations center and the administration building at 400 Mitchell Street.

• What do you think the city should do to address water conservation?
Water conversation needs community, city and commercial involvement. We have to be concerned with watering and the run-off into the streets. I would also like to see rebates toward low-flow toilets and xeriscape yards and open spaces. I believe that everyone needs to be concerned with the water situation.

• What do you consider the city’s greatest need today? And how should we resolve that issue?
The greatest need today, I believe, has to be the need for water. This is an area that everyone needs to be concerned with. As I said with water conservation, if we can acquire state funding for the Ute water project, then this would be a big step in showing the federal government that this is moving in the right direction.

• Do you think the city needs more or fewer ordinances? What are some ordinances that need to be added or removed?
The ordinances that we currently have need to be addressed. There are ordinances that are outdated and others that probably could be consolidated. I don’t believe we need to add any more at this point and time.