Friday, October 29, 2010

Questions & Answers

Bellevue City Council

Editor's note: Bellevue City Council candidate Barb Patterson's answers to the Mountain Express' candidate Q&A were not included with the others in the Wednesday edition. Patterson did respond to the questions but because of a technical problem the Express did not receive her answers. Her answers are included here.

Barb Patterson

Age: Not provided.


Occupation: Property manager.

Government experience: Thirty-plus years of citizen participation in Bellevue's government processes, including creating a central sewer plant, water system and first library, as well as development of parks, zoning ordinances, animal ordinances and city budgets.

Education: Graduated from Wood River High School and cosmetology school.

Why are you running?

I believe I can make the commitment to serve the citizens on a broad base, I have lived here all of my life and support the future growth of Bellevue, and I will strive to make decisions based upon fact and outcomes that represent our citizens.

What will you do to bring revenue to the city?

I want to see Bellevue become active in its chamber and expand from the one annual event, Labor Day, to four annual events, focus on marketing Bellevue's benefits to future businesses that can utilize our state-of-the-art sewer and water system. Capture our young families that want to live in Bellevue, occupy our affordable housing and stay in our city.

What kind of businesses would you like to see come to Bellevue?

Businesses that support our needs—clothing, furniture, hardware, pharmacy, all at affordable prices so we can stop the Twin Falls and Boise purchase trips.

What events would you work to bring to Bellevue?

Annual ice carnival events, capture the soccer game growth into a regional event, two annual events utilizing Silver Creek, a horse showmanship event.

What role does Bellevue play in the overall Wood River Valley economy?

We are the workforce for Blaine County and we are the first city to enter before Sun Valley and the direct link to the Sawtooths, with all the lakes, etc. We will be the closest city to the new airport.

Should the city try to bring down sewer and water rates? If so, how?

The city has done what it can do to keep rate increases low. New growth—business, industrial and residential—will help the city maintain minimal increases. This will spread the city's debt over a larger number of users.

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