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Denton City Council Place 5

City Council at large member, place five (5), shall be a resident of district one (1) or two (2). large election even years

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  • Deb Armintor

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    Rick Baria

Biographical Information

What are your qualifications for this office?

What strategies will you use to ensure open communication between City Hall and residents?

What are your top environmental and land development concerns and how do you plan to address them?

What is your vision for transportation infrastructure in your community and how will you advance it?

What is your vision for the future of your municipality and how would you achieve it?

COVID-19: What actions can the city take to address the health and economic impact caused by COVID-19?

Open Government: How will you ensure government transparency (open records, open meetings) is maintained during a state of emergency?

Budget: How will you address any budget deficit caused by COVID-19?

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Campaign Phone (940) 391-5248
Education Bachelors
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Knowledge and Disposition I came to Denton about 58 years ago, went to school here, and earned a college degree here. I have seen many changes, some for better, some for worse. I worked in the landscape industry, eventually supervising several crews. I labored on the Selby house, beefed up the structure, and then decided building a new home was more sensible. After seeing someone lose a zoning case I began to represent local property owners who had no buyer w/o rezoning. I developed CAD design skills along the way but reasonableness, listening, and creative compromise were the essential elements or success. It took years to get the present Tree Preservation Ordinance; I served on two committees and many meetings. Perseverance and reasonable compromise again came into play. Yes, I am familiar with the building code and engineering requirements, but common sense and civility carry the day.
Read the background material provided by staff. (Not everyone does this) Before anything else get understanding of an issue before trying to resolve it. Answer my emails, return phone calls.
Over 90% of people walk on occasion for recreation. Unless you live in a master-planned community or next to a park you might not have optimal access to a pleasant walkway. We can improve both our physical and mental health with a daily walk. This is a benefit to nearly all of the community. Development is a long process and home prices are climbing; we need to encourage home ownership and accept newer housing types that feature ownership in less common or smaller forms. More people are buying neighborhood and community rather than just shelter.
Whatever rights of way we buy, lets buy enough not to be forced to move the roadside utilities again! Let’s also protect pedestrians and bike riders with real separation whenever possible. The development of the Mobility Plan insures we all can give our input.
Every vision of the future, even those with formal citizen participation in community meetings, is subject to gradual change. We adapt to the world as it is and our vision changes as well. Some office buildings are being designed with superfine air filtration and pathogen sterilization. Who would have imagined? For this reason regular communication with citizens to know their concerns is vital. My vision is not so important, the vision of the citizenry is paramount.
The city has few resources compared to the county and state. As a general rule we should defer to their judgment regarding matters of public health and what would be a productive response. The city has wisely cut expenses with the voluntary separation program, since personnel costs are a large part of the budget. By every meaningful measure Covid cases are declining and the death rate is about one in one million. This is the natural trajectory of viral outbreaks. In a month or two we may lose our reflexive anxiety. We must get our local businesses up and running. Local landlords may consider that evictions won’t restore cash flow and that negotiation may be the best option. We cannot pay every rent that is in arrears, nor do we have the power to ask the landlords’ lienholders to forebear. Our most productive course is to foster employment. This is one of the observations of history; problems work themselves out best when we strive both individually and collectively
Considering the lack of available personnel, and the uncertainty of future funds, we will have to wait a little longer. These requests are intermittent, occurring in clusters of controversy if you will, so no one should expect a staff member to be immediately available.
The city manager has reduced expenses admirably. The planning department on its own reduced a software upgrade by a few hundred thousand. We will defer expenses and consult with the city manager as we go. He has more expertise than anyone on Council.

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