The future of Fairway’s city hall and pool are the two main concerns of all three candidates hoping to represent Ward 4 on the City Council.
Anthony Kimberly, Tanya Keys and Andy Duewel are vying for an open seat on the Fairway City Council in Tuesday’s primary election. The top two finishers will compete in the April 2 general election.
Kimberly, a small-business owner, said that if elected, his main goals would be to help with Fairway’s long-term planning when it comes to issues such as the Fairway pool’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and updates, as well as the locations of the city hall and public works. He also wants to use his business skills to help the city make sound financial decisions. The city rents space for its city hall and is looking for a permanent home.
“The largest issue facing Fairway is the current visioning process that is working to understand the needs and future for city hall and public works, as well as the building needs for the city pool,” said Kimberly, 29. “This visioning process is long-term planning but it will involve serious financial decisions that must be weighed carefully. I’d strive for the most financially efficient solution that continues to provide the services that make Fairway a great place to live and raise a family.”
Keys, a regular City Council meeting attendee, said that if elected, her short-term goals would be to decide and execute immediate improvement to the Fairway pool’s safety and accessibility, engage discussion about a permanent location for city hall, and find ways to improve parks and recreation programming.
“I will address the issue of a permanent city hall by exploring benefits and cautions of new construction or redevelopment of city park facilities to assure the final location provides the greatest return on investment,” said Keys, who is a member of Fairway’s Parks and Recreation Committee. “I have professional experience in public program design and budget management and bring a perspective and value for responsive accountable city services and administration.”
Duewel agrees improving funding for the city pool and city park are top priorities, as well as finding a permanent location for city hall. He also thinks it is important that the city maintains a healthy and balanced budget.
If elected, the 29-year-old’s main goals would be to improve the community by listening to residents’ concerns and ideas, championing strong pool and park funding, and ensuring responsible spending.
“I moved to the great city of Fairway from California in 2009 to raise a family in a community that is perfectly suited to do so,” said Duewel. “We (my wife and I) were recommended Fairway by a few people, my mother being one of them for two reasons, their educational system and the property value. I love the city of Fairway.”
Fairway resident Dawn Thibodeau had initially filed to run for City Council as well, but last decided to take her name out of the running.
“I have two children who are definitely my priority and I feel there are other ways I can serve the city which require less of a time commitment but still allow me to be involved,” she said. “Plus, truly, good people are running for Ward 4 so we will have good representation.”