Oak Creek candidate Price sees cooperation as key
Resident vying for Town Boad seat also questions where town money goes
April 2, 2010
Oak Creek — Since Linda Price moved to Oak Creek in 1975, she has seen the hardscrabble town grow up, and she's also seen the economy struggle. Now, as candidate for the Oak Creek Town Board, Price said she's ready to help the people in town who don't get the attention they deserve, including senior citizens and children.
Price raised six children in Oak Creek. With the children on their own, she said it was the perfect time to increase her community involvement.
"I've always really wanted to be on the Town Board, but having all my kids, there were so many other things I needed to do, and I feel like I have more time now to do it," she said.
The Oak Creek Town Board election is Tuesday, with more than 130 mail-in ballots and voting at Town Hall. Five candidates are vying for four Town Board seats, and mayoral candidate Nikki Knoebel is running unopposed.
Price said she has developed ideas throughout the years about how to help the town but wasn't in a position to put them into effect earlier.
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She said to start with, she'd like to see the town work with outreach programs in the county to benefit senior citizens and others in need.
"There are people in town who need assistance for things, and they don't know about the programs out there," she said.
"I realize that the children in town are real important, and they have been, but just like senior citizens, they had to stand up and say, 'We need something,'" Price said. "That's how their programs get started, and the same things with kids."
She said she also would like to get a better idea of where town money goes. Price cited a percentage of the sales tax that was designated in the 1980s that she said she thought went to road paving.
"We don't get taxed really heavy in town but enough that some of those roads should have been paid for," she said.
Town Clerk Karen Halterman said the fund still is in operation and goes to road and alley repair and is used each year for scoria and other fixes. She said it was not designated specifically for road paving.
Price also said she would like to encourage people who are driving through town to stop and shop, and residents should be willing to help make that possible.
"We need to upgrade our Main Street, (Colorado) Highway 131, and open our doors, flowing out onto the sidewalks. Giving the people driving through a reason to slow down and hopefully stop and shop," Price wrote in her answers to a questionnaire sent to candidates. "We as locals need to walk or at least park on the side streets and use our parking lots. If people can't park easily, they won't stop."