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A look at candidates for Boulder City Council: Susan Reams

Susan Reams, 56

Occupation: College Student and Emergency Aid Garden Volunteer

About 21 years in Boulder City

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

The conditions on Nevada Way because improvements need to be made. By that I mean Boulder City needs to attract businesses and property owners should be required to maintain their apartment units. For example, focus on Henderson Water Street. It’s a dazzling center of the community now.

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

I believe that I have exceptional qualifications because I walk around Boulder City frequently and have listened to the opinions of the citizens of Boulder City. Also, I have volunteered for a variety of Boulder City’s nonprofits to connect with the community.

What’s the biggest issue facing Boulder City today?

Boulder City seems to lack direction and balance. For example, the pool project and the decision regarding short-term rentals.

I think this because the pool project has been an ongoing issue for quite some time. Also, I believe short-term rentals should be allowed because it would have benefited Boulder City in the long run.

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?

Regarding the capital improvement fund, I am unable to satisfactorily answer this question because of the word allotment given.

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?

The city can promote tourists by expediting the business process and eliminating red tape.

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.