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Tue, May 26

Unfinished projects bring Carpenter into council race<br>

The scale that was placed at the transfer station last year is a project Carpenter is proud of. The cost to use the transfer station is based on the actual amount of trash left behind. Vehicles are weighed on the scale prior to emptying trash. When a customer is leaving the transfer station, the vehicle is weighed again to determine exactly how much trash was left at the transfer station. Prior to the installation of the scale, city staff estimated the fee customers paid based on viewing the contents of the vehicle.

“With the scale, we can charge what the service is really worth, which produces revenue,” Carpenter said. “The result is less negative figures at the transfer station.”

Projects Carpenter wants to see completed in the future include the completion of the Dogtown III well, the completion of the recreation center master plan and the construction of new water processing and wastewater treatment plants. As the owner of Quality Water — a company that specializes in water processing and wastewater treatment consulting services — Carpenter is well versed in water issues, he said.

“The biggest issue facing Williams now is the same as it was four years ago — water,” said Carpenter.

Developers coming to Williams must step up and provide their own water, he said.

“Our citizens remain stressed over water issues. Any developers should provide their own water. If they are not required to do so, it is a slap in the face to the people of Williams,” Carpenter said.

The current city council members have agreed that developers must come to the area prepared to create their own infrastructure with no subsidies provided by the city. All proposed project plans that come before the city council are closely examined, he said.

“The council stands on their own feet. No concessions are provided to developers,” Carpenter said. “Past councils have made concessions. The council must stand firm.”

Businesses Carpenter would like to see in Williams include light manufacturing accompanied with decent pay. Williams should not grow beyond 5,000 residents and growth should not be encouraged until water issues have been resolved, Carpenter said.

“Williams has the right ingredients not to become Flagstaff or Prescott,” he said. “I live in Williams because it is small. Any town that has a Wal-Mart in it is too large for me.”

Because the economy of Williams relies on tourism and many local businesses are related to tourism, it is important for tourism promotions to remain a priority, Carpenter said.

“People are taking shorter trips and not flying. Developing regional marketing in areas close to Williams such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix is necessary,” he said.

More tourist-oriented festivals and activities are needed to attract and extend visitors’ stays in the area, Carpenter said.

“Williams has always been a tourist town and will always be a tourist town. We need to promote what we have,” he said.

Although Carpenter says current council members don’t always agree on issues, they work very well together.

“On a scale of one to ten, I’d give our current council an eight,” he said. “We have a low number of citizen complaints and those are dealt with in a positive way.”

While he would like to see more citizens attend city council meetings, Carpenter says the council’s “open door policy” allows citizens to communicate with council members in an informal setting. Voting in local elections is one of the most important vehicles citizens can utilize in becoming involved in government.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support during the last four years,” Carpenter said. “Vote in the election; if not for me, vote for someone else. The important thing is to vote.”

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