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A look at candidates for Boulder City Council: Daniel R. Patterson

Daniel R. Patterson, 53

Occupation: Wildlands Firefighter; Ecologist

10 years in Boulder City

What single issue most influenced your decision to run for council or seek re-election?

My optimism and love for the people, places and history of Boulder City and our quality of life.

Why do you feel you are the best person for the position?

I listen. I answer my phone and emails. I offer my 30 years of dedication and experience in government and public service at local, state and U.S. levels. I have great ideas, but I don’t know it all. I hear you. Through cooperation, listening and compromise, we will reach the best solutions for Boulder City. Let’s work together for today, tomorrow and future generations. Please visit DanielPatterson.net

What’s the biggest issue facing Boulder City today?

Growth and water. Both ensuring a stable population in Boulder City, while conserving and guarding against wasteful urban sprawl in our changing environment.

At potentially $42 million, the proposed replacement for the pool comes out to about $2,800 per resident. Do you feel this is the best use of Capital Improvement funds?

No. I support the pool with the $27 million budget already approved by voters. My family and I swim at the pool. Boulder City should be able to build a great pool for $27 million. That’s a lot of money, but if voters approve more for a pool, I’ll support their decision.

Many, especially in the business community, would like to see Boulder City become more than just a day trip, with visitors spending multiple days here. But some recent decisions, such as banning short-term rentals, would seem to discourage multi-day visits. How does the city balance the needs of its residents with that of encouraging tourism?

Boulder City must always put residents first. Let’s also welcome visitors of all stripes, to enrich our town, economy and jobs. Short-term rentals should be allowed where the owner lives on the property, enhancing income for ‘house rich, but cash poor’ residents, while still monitoring guests to protect our neighborhoods. Please visit DanielPatterson.net or @DanPattersonUSA on social media. I ask for your vote, please.

It’s (un)official

“Every vote counts and every vote has not been counted.”

City council to mull recruitment firms

When departing and now former city manager Taylour Tedder was on his way out, he took some steps to try to smooth out the transition to a new city executive in the form of five recruitment firms vying for the call to be hired to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Brown proud to represent BC in Nationals

For those who are into the rodeo scene, you may want to remember the name Aiden Brown in years to come.

Church seeks senior housing

Leaders of the Boulder City United Methodist Church have a project in the works that they feel will benefit many in the community but understand those who may have concerns.

Fancier/foster permit back on city council agenda

If you call in to a city council meeting for public comment twice in one meeting, you officially qualify as a gadfly. (noun: 1) a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly. 2) an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.) Fred Voltz, already quoted in these pages for comments on other issues, also addressed the issue of pet breeding, likening the practice to prostitution or the dealing of narcotics.

Liquor Board approves BC Company Store request

In the 1930s, the original Boulder City Company Store included a “club room.” The city was officially dry until the late 1960s, so booze would not have been officially served. Except it was.

Dollar Tree takes over 99 Cents

Chances are that many will be giving their two-cents worth regarding the news that 99 Cent Only Stores, including the one in Boulder City, have been thrown a lifeline by a former competitor — Dollar Tree.

Master plan to accommodate energy storage

The moves to develop much of the Eldorado Valley for solar energy uses that has brought Boulder City millions of dollars in lease revenue — enough to make it feasible for a city of just 15,000 souls to consider spending upward of $40 million on a new municipal pool complex — took another step forward on May 28 as the city council voted unanimously to amend the master plan and zoning map that would allow for the creation of a battery-based energy storage facility.