City of Mountain View - West Ward Alderman

There is one seat available. Voters should choose one of the two candidates below on the ballot. 
 
 
Lucinda Burton
 
1. What is your background, and how can your background help you govern the City of Mountain View?
My background is coming from a family that has successfully run businesses, and I paid attention.  I am a multi-business owner now and have had and run other businesses in the past.  I am the owner of Abel Insurance Co., my husband is the owner of Burton Transport.  I also understand blended families and families of special needs children. I understand checks and balances and human resources.  I know we need to bring new businesses and industry into our town.  And we need to work together and start moving forward.
 
2. What are duties of an alderman/woman?
City alderman/women is a local city official representing a ward in a city council jurisdiction in a Class 4 Mayor/Council run city. In this case Mountain View, Mo. This role should involve working closely together with the local community, attending council meetings and making decisions on a range of local issues. Responsibilities include representing the interests of constituents, helping to manage budgets and resources, attending committee meetings, engaging with local business and organizations, and engaging with the media. City aldermen must also provide advice on local strategies and initiatives and work closely with other elected members and officers.  If it is available classes should be taken to help with guidance.
 
3. What do you think is the number one problem the City of Mountain View is facing?
The lack of honest unbiased communication -- an unwillingness listen and truly investigate the facts.
 
4. How do you see yourself functioning as a member of this particular administration?
I will attend the classes to learn how to be a more effective member of council and to learn the laws of governing and abide by those laws.  I have ideas and a vision for growth and expansion of our town and want to see us with a positive view of working together for the good of the town and its people.
 
5. Do you think the City of Mountain View needs a city administrator? Why or why not?
I feel Eddie Owens [current Operations Manager] should be made the City Administrator and that we need a part-time Financial Consultant and a part-time marketing person.
 
6. What do you think about the city’s spending/budget in 2023? What could they improve?
I cannot comment on this because I was not there to see and have not investigated this matter.  It will be one of the items that needs to be worked on and things ratified for change if there are items that need to be addressed.
 
 
 
Calvin Perry
 
1. What is your background, and how can your background help you govern the City of Mountain View?
Retired, self-employed, two years college. Attended council meetings off and on 15-plus years. I have a commonsense approach and time to work for city.
 
2. What are duties of an alderman/woman?
Approve budget, monthly bills, management of city, money wisely spent, create and amend local (city) laws.
 
3. What do you think the number one problem the City of Mountain View is facing?
Council working together and fixing our sewer system/lines.
 
4. How do you see yourself functioning as a member of this particular administration?
Plan long term. Commonsense approach. Willing to compromise.
 
5. Do you think the City of Mountain View needs a city administrator? Why or why not?
Tough call. The right administrator would benefit, but the wrong administrator would cost us money and push good employees away. We need to have a good hiring process in place, which at this time we do not. My opinion is no.
 
6. What do you think about the city’s spending/budget in 2023? What could they improve?
Overall 2023 budget was good. I would like more spent on upgrading infrastructure and equipment needed to do such. The golf course needs to get closer to self-support, so money can be used for other recreational areas.
 
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