Trophy Club seeks to fill Place 5 seat

Posted Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Trophy Club residents will be voting May 11 on who will take Town Council Place 5, currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Strother, who filed for re-election.

Strother, an executive, has lived in the town for 15 years. Challenging Strother is Greg Lamont, who is retired and has lived in Trophy Club 11 years.

The candidates responded to questions from The Times-Register:

Why do you want to be a candidate for this position?

Greg Lamont: I came to my decision after the Council refused to honor a petition, signed by the voters of Trophy Club, to simply place a Ways and Means Committee Charter Amendment on the ballot for a vote. After leading a hard fought battle, during a Friday afternoon special session, the Council placed it on the upcoming ballot as Proposition 19. It’s for that reason and the continuing increase of the tax rate and spending over the last 5 years, despite unprecedented growth in property tax revenue from the new residential development, that I decided to run.

Glenn Strother: There’s more work to get done. I’ve served for five years on council and we are in the midst of exciting times with commercial and residential development going on. I just need to finish the race and help prepare our town for a long term future so we can continue calling Trophy Club "a great place to call home."

What challenges do you foresee if elected?

Lamont: Challenges include a plan to replace or repair our aging streets and how to provide the police department an affordable building they can be proud of like the MUD has done for the fire department, while at the same time, ensuring our citizens that it will be built within our town limits. I also see a big challenge on the near horizon with the town’s involvement with the Water and Waste Water Services for the Public Improvement District.

Strother: I like to call challenges opportunities. Trophy Club is an exciting town right now. We are experiencing a lot of residential growth as one of the fastest growing towns in Denton County. With the recession, home values were down in a lot of neighboring cities. Because of our growth, our ad valorem went up. Another opportunity is accommodating needs of residents with changing demographics. Younger families are coming to our town and the median age is going down. With that creates new needs for younger families such as park space, athletic facilities and activities that families can do together. We have Independence Park, a state of the art ball club complex to help accommodate that. We are also looking for future partners to expand and develop Trophy Club Park.

What strengths do you bring to the city if elected?

Lamont: The willingness to invest significant time and energy to help lead this town. After attending more meetings than almost anyone over the last seven years, I have a unique perspective to help the town achieve fiscal accountability. We will soon be built out and if we do not control our spending now, we will be forced to make painful spending cuts in the future. Perhaps my greatest strength is the ability to ask tough questions and identify problems, and then working with others to provide solutions.

Strother: I have proven leadership skills. This is my second time around as mayor pro tem and I have five years experience on the council. In my other life, I’m engaged in the business world in real estate development and commercial construction. I also have an engineering background so I understand all of the planning requests that come forward and can guide my fellow council members to ask the right questions, to make sure we get the best results for our town.

What priority do you place on economic development?

Lamont: The Town’s website states: "The town is a true residential community covering 2,385 acres, of which only 15 are zoned for commercial use." With this reality in mind, we must make sure that we solicit quality businesses and we need to encourage the developer to rethink the building of apartments at our main entrance and replace it with quality retail that can bring additional sales tax dollars and an increase to our property values.

Strother: It’s huge and it’s one of our number one priorities in our town. We are blessed to have Assistant Town Manager Stephen Seidel, one of his major tasks is to wear the economic development hat. Town Manager Mike Slye has been proactive in that effort too. We have a new Hampton Inn & Suites that just opened and two more hotels in the works and are in the early stages of additional commercial development. Trophy Club was planned as a bedroom bedroom community built around a golf course. We have a nice community but we are heavily dependent on ad valorem taxes to pave the way. We need the right commercial development to come in and fill in our limited commercial space to help off set that cost.

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