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A look at candidates for Boulder City Council: Matt Fox

Mathew Fox, 38

Occupation: Fox Smokehouse BBQ

How many years in Boulder City: Eight years as an adult but split my time here as a child between parents

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

The single issue that prompted me to run for council the first time was I noticed everyone was angry with the direction the city was going in. In my position in the restaurant, I spoke to hundreds of residents on a daily basis and felt their concerns.

Things are getting better but re-election for my second term, we can get it closer to making sure all demographics are being served.

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

I feel being the age I am I represent a large class of people that have been overlooked for a long time.

Our retired and senior citizens have and will be always the top priority but the demographic under them has been overlooked.

We need someone to represent the working class, people with school-aged children.

What’s the biggest issue facing Boulder City today?

Our biggest issue is our economic growth. We don’t like our housing and population growth but the only thing to keep our city thriving is to bring in businesses, tourism, recreational outdoor activities to keep the money flowing through our town.

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?

The pool is an absolute need for this town. We need to give our youth, seniors and everything in between a place to go to have fun, exercise, and just somewhere to enjoy the great amenities Boulder City has to offer.

We shouldn’t have to send our championship swim team to another school to swim when we can offer it here at home for them.

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?

Banning short-term rentals, I believe was a mistake. We are a destination place for people to visit. But you can never find a place to stay in town. The only options are staying in Henderson or Las Vegas because our small motels here in town are fully booked with long-term stays, not to mention like myself and a lot of others that have a family of five when we travel, we need a house, not a small motel room. We could’ve got the STR’s done with the right regulations like most cities do, our destination outdoor recreation city could be booming economically.

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.