1. Tell us a little about your background and why you chose to run for a seat on the Brookfield City Council. How long have you lived in Brookfield? If you weren’t born and raised here, what prompted you to come to Brookfield?
I was born in Macon, Mo. in 1970, graduated Jefferson City High School 1988, and married Tina Singleton in 1989; we moved to Linneus in 1990 and in 1995 we had our first child, Ashley, then our son Dakota in 1999.
I have worked at Dura, Donaldsons and Lastly Apex Plastics over the past 20 years, along with being a private commercial/residential contractor for 15 years. I am also a licensed real estate agent for Locust Creek Realty and I occasionally drive a truck for Brookfield Ready Mix. Two years ago I decided to become solely self-employed.
We moved to Brookfield in 2003, my wife worked at Dura and the desire to eliminate her drive from Linneus was the motivation to relocate to Brookfield. When my family and I bought our property it contained two partially burnt structures and the house was on the demolition list. With a lot of work and time we cleaned it up and made it our home. Most people would have just razed the entire property, but we could see the potential, and I see that in Brookfield.
Civic interest is my motivation for seeking a council position. I have witnessed surrounding areas flourish over the years and still continue to grow today.
2. Please select an issue or challenge you believe the City of Brookfield needs to resolve. Why do you think this issue should take priority? Do you have a suggestion as to how to go about meeting this challenge? If so, what would your suggestion be?
The biggest problem our community faces today is Decline.
It is not a matter of picking one single issue, because it is a multitude of issues that are entangled to create one large problem.
We need to look at how other areas have dealt with similar problems that Brookfield has, research how other towns have improved and grown. Get real community involvement and support. Address and fix the real problems.
One reason that other communities have flourished is through growth by finding and utilizing various resources, utilizing available federal and state funding through grants, etc.; they enticed new employers through tax incentives, community involvement and a ready workforce. And they worked with current businesses to help insure success .Brookfield could borrow from manufacturing’s mission statement: quality through constant improvement.
Our future depends on it.
3. What are your suggestions for promoting economic development in Brookfield? Would you be willing to work with the Brookfield Area Growth Partnership (BAGP) in achieving the initiatives that organization has given priority to? Occasionally, suggestions for economic development come from outside the ranks of the BAGP membership. How would you respond to those suggestions?
Page 2 of 2 - To promote economic growth we need to work with existing business and Brookfield citizens. We need to capitalize on our strengths and work on improving the negatives
By working with the BAGP we can learn and grow through their experience. Outside input is valuable and should be encouraged. Any feasible suggestion that is beneficial to Brookfield would be welcomed. Community involvement is very important to the growth of a city.
4. Name one thing you believe the City of Brookfield could do to make Brookfield a better place to live and work.
I already believe Brookfield is a good place to live and work.
But we have to grow. In order to accomplish that it takes change. We need to change the path we are on. Brookfield has had the loss of major employers in the last decade or so. The only thing that I have seen grow is the amount of the water bill and taxes, and that is a stark reality. If we continue to travel down the same path that we have been on for the last 10 years or more, Brookfield will continue to decline.
5. What, in your opinion, is the value of our public spaces, and what can the Brookfield community do to increase their value? How can you assist?
The council should work with the citizens to maintain and improve the park system that we have. Public spaces such as parks, pools, ballfields, and etc. are valuable resources. They not only provide enjoyment to the community. They are also used in part to gauge an area for potential relocation by companies. A park system can say a lot about a community.