Jeff Nevarez, Kennedale Place 5

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1. Past Decisions – please respond by March 2, 2023

Although the city council cannot dwell on past councils' decisions and it must move forward, we would like to know if current council members have learned from past decisions, including those made by previous councils. From somewhat recent history, were each of the following three zoning case items a good decision or a poor decision, and why?

a) “UV” zoning on Kennedale Sublett Road just east of Kennedale Parkway?

b) “MF” zoning on Joplin Road just south of Kennedale Sublett Road?

c) denying “R4” zoning at the old Texas Raceway property (approximately 3830 S. New Hope Road)?

Did not respond.

 

2. Property Taxes – please respond by March 9, 2023

Kennedale is the seventh highest taxing city of the 41 cities in Tarrant County. What are some viable potential solutions to alleviate the tax burden on the citizens? Or is this just something that the citizens of Kennedale must learn to accept? Why?

Did not respond.

 

3. Moratorium – please respond by March 16, 2023

In January the council approved a temporary moratorium of applications for MF or TH zoning. Do you agree with the temporary moratorium? Why or why not?

Did not respond.

 

4. Removing Former City Manager George Campbell – please respond by March 23, 2023

In 2021 the city council removed former city manager George Campbell. Mr. Campbell's contract allowed him to receive the same year's additional salary even if he was removed mid-contract or if his contract was not renewed. Do you agree with the council's action? Why or why not?

Did not respond.

 

5. Communications – please respond by March 30, 2023

If you receive an e-mail from a constituent on a Kennedale issue or problem similar to the top of this webpage [ http://arlspectator.mysite.com/rich_text_83.html ], will you respond to the constituent? Why or why not? What actions will you take?

Did not respond.

 

 

6. Issue – please respond by April 6, 2023

What is the most important issue the city council is currently facing? Why? What are your suggestions for addressing this issue?

Did not respond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Past Decisions – please respond by March 3, 2022

Although the city council cannot dwell on past councils' decisions and it must move forward, we would like to know if members have learned from past decisions. From somewhat recent history, were the following three zoning case items a good decision or a poor decision, and why?

a) “UV” zoning on Kennedale Sublett Road just east of Kennedale Parkway?

b) “MF” zoning on Joplin Road just south of Kennedale Sublett Road?

c) denying “R4” zoning at the old Texas Raceway property (approximately 3830 S. New Hope Road)?

 Did not respond.

 

2. Property Taxes – please respond by March 10, 2022

Kennedale is the fourth highest taxing city of the 41 cities in Tarrant County. What are some viable potential solutions to alleviate the tax burden on the citizens? Or is this just something that the citizens of Kennedale must learn to accept? Why?

Did not respond.

 

3. Growth – please respond by March 17, 2022

Over the past several years, the council has approved tiny housing units on tiny lots. What do you think of these and why?

Did not respond.

 

4. Removing Former City Manager George Campbell – please respond by March 24, 2022

Last year the city council removed the former city manager George Campbell. Mr. Campbell's contract had him getting the same year's additional salary if he was removed mid-contract or if his contract was not renewed. Do you agree with the council's action? Why or why not?

Did not respond.

 

5. Communications – please respond by March 31, 2022

If a constituent emails you a question or comment on an issue about which you disagree and asks you for a response, will you respond to the constituent? Why or why not?

Did not respond.

 

 

6. Issue – please respond by April 7, 2022

What is the most important issue the city council is currently facing? Why? What are your suggestions for addressing this issue?

 

Did not respond.

 

 

Opponent: Hollis Matthews

 

 

 

 

Village at Hammack Creek – please respond by March 19, 2019

During December, January, and February the council had on its agenda four times to decide whether or not to give a resolution of support for the Hammack Creek low-income apartments. How would/did you vote and why?

The purposed 50 million dollar project to bring Retail, Restaurant, Living Space and Office space to our Downtown area is exciting news.  I was dismayed at the Council’s insistence in playing politics, with this matter.  We have been trying to clean up Kennedale’s image for over a decade and a half, to bring developments into our town.  Now that we are in a great place in our process, that is now enticing new development, we are shutting the door in developer’s faces.  As a small business owner in Kennedale, we need to court developers.  Even if we decide it isn’t the best fit for our town.  We can, at any time, say no to this development.  To do this, at this point in their process, is suicide for future developments.  If we waste developer’s time and investments, other developers will not even attempt, to grow, our community.  Get the bureaucracy out of the way,  let our process work (committees), and then decide. 

 

 

Urban Village Zoning – please respond by March 26, 2019

Currently, on the books (Unified Development Code), there is an Urban Village Zoning. What are your feelings about this zoning? Why?

Twice, the city has reached out to the community to get our opinions.  Each time, I have stated that I am not a fan of multi-use development.  However, a point that was presented to me, by Melissa (from the city), that I cannot ignore, or counter argue.  Her point is that it might not be our personal choice but it is the choice of a lot of people moving to the area, millennials, and elderly.  I cannot dispute this point.  The next generation of home/business buyers is eating these types of developments up.  With the correct zoning, we can keep the balance of what the market wants and the small town we all desire.

 

Land Use Study – please respond by April 2, 2019

Last summer, city staff did a land use study on numerous dates. What are your opinions about this study? Why?

I was happy to hear that the city wanted to gather the input from the public.  This is the second time in 10 years that this was done.  Not, much has changed.  The people wanted better roads, more amenities, more restaurants.  The People want growth.

 

Communications – please respond by April 9, 2019

If a constituent e-mails you a question or comment on an issue where you disagree and asks you for a response, will you respond to the constituent? Why or why not?

I am a firm believer in the ideals of Justice. I have a background in law, and one of the things that is presented is that: “Men in good conscious will have conflict, and both sides must be represented in good faith.”  This is how progress works.  I am willing to talk to anyone, 24/7. My personal cell is 8177916698.  I will always listen to anyone’s ideas.  Bring your points, your argument, and be ready for a rebuttal.

 

 

Issue – please respond by April 16, 2019

What is the most important issue the city council is facing? Why?

Currently, our most important issue is our impending red line on the budget.  Our city finance director is predicting that we will be in the red by 2021 if something doesn’t give.  We want better roads, better parks, better paid Fireman, more Policeman but we have no sustainability.  We reduce revenue and taxes and then vote to increase budgets.  We say we need retail space and then vote against new businesses and developments.  Something needs to give.  My goal is to get bureaucracy out of the way and let the free market do its job.   For the next two years, we need to increase revenue to soften the blow that is coming.  If we want our cake and eat it too, we must consider, that the City must have revenue to create and fulfill the desires of the people.  Currently, our Youth Baseball League cannot practice on our own fields and has gone to Arlington.  For the simple reason of lack of budget for our parks.  Our Police Department has two officers on most nights.  There must be at least three to be effective.  Our Fireman and our city staff are underpaid, we need to increase their pay to balance their cost of living and increases in their Health Insurance cost.  We must address the budget for the future and not for the short term.

 

 

 

 

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