2/2/2013 2:27:00 PM Cottonwood City Council Q&A, Round 2; Question 3
Cottonwood City Council candidates (from left) Tim Elinski, Randall Garrison, Linda Norman, Darold Smith and Karen Pfeifer
This is the second round of questions to the five candidates seeking the March 12 vote for one of three Cottonwood City Council terms. Randall Garrison and Darold Smith are challenging incumbents Tim Elinski, Linda Norman and Karen Pfeifer for the four-year council terms
Questions by Jon Hutchinson
3) The city is in the process of updating its General Plan. What are the most important sections of the General Plan from your perspective and give the reasons?
Tim Elinski (incumbent)
In updating our General Plan, the community is establishing its direction for the next 10 years. Front and center of the plan should be protection of our resources, as I feel the next 10 years will see major changes in the way Arizonans consume water and electricity. All other elements of the plan should spur from this central theme as, without the Verde, our community could not exist as it does today. From the first settlement here, our economy has been linked with the river and surrounding resources. We cannot forget this as we consider changes in our community.
Randall Garrison (challenger)
Being the commercial hub of the Verde Valley, I think we need to pay close attention to the Water Resource, Land Use, and Economic Development elements of the Cottonwood General Plan. All three elements impact one another, and directly impact the residents of not only Cottonwood, but the entire Valley. We must be mindful of our growth and future development, which is very important to our economic strength, without endangering our natural resources or jeopardizing our responsibility to provide potable water service.
Linda Norman (incumbent)
I have no particular section of the Plan in mind. The plan has been developed with a lot of meetings and input from staff and citizens. It is just time to review the Plan and do any updates that are needed.
Darold Smith (challenger
I believe the land use element of the General Plan is the most important. We must ensure sufficient open space is preserved in the "Adequacy of Land Resources" section and ensure sufficient open space is preserved as a key component to the "Small Town Character" section. In the "Water Planning" section we need comprehensive water conservation strategies including: Develop water budget that projects a zero net increase in water use. Develop ongoing community education and outreach strategies aimed at reducing water demand. Develop ordinances that will respond to (i.e., prohibit) the waste of water. New developments harvest rainwater and direct storm water runoff toward planted areas.
Karen Pfeifer (incumbent)
Securing adequate water supply is a must, without that almost everything else is a moot point. WE have completed several projects like the Recreation Center and some of the streets, and completed other streets in the plan. Another fire station out by Bill Gray Road will be necessary with the renewed interest in the development of Bella Montana. Pedestrian and bicycle oriented development that make it easy to navigate our community. Adequate land for the continued development of industry, jobs, shopping housing and recreation. Continued protection of our Verde River and open spaces for future generations to enjoy.