Burrillville City Council Candidates: An Apples to Apples Comparison

BURRILLVILLE — Five candidates are vying for four seats on the Burrillville City Council, and while they’ve already talked a lot about potential voters in various press releases, you might be wondering how they stack up side by side.

NOW asked candidates to provide biographical information, as well as answers to several questions. Below are their responses when provided, along with links to statements they have previously released, where available.

Last name: Dennis Anderson

Last name: Donald Fox

Last name: David Houle

Last name: Stephen Rawson

  • Occupation: semi-retired
  • Education: CCRI & RWC
  • Years of living in town: born in the country, spent 5 years in other regions before the age of 21

Last name: Stacey SlekisALMI, AIRC, ACS

If you could accomplish just one project in the next term, what would it be?

Fox: The design and construction of a new artificial turf field at Burrillville High School. This would allow greater access to a world-class field for football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and field hockey, as well as access to our Burrillville Patriots Football and Cheer Program and Burrillville Youth Lacrosse. The new complex will have a generational effect on our city and will reshape the city’s overall recreational plan for decades to come.

Swell: Constant improvement of the infrastructure.

Rawson: My new project, Senior Housing, is my goal for the next term. Being an elderly person and talking to my contemporaries, I realized there was a need for additional senior housing. With the Council’s support, we organized a committee to study the issues and commissioned a company to do a market feasibility study. Our suspicions of need were correct and the study suggested providing an additional 42 units. We are seeking to locate the facility on city-owned land on property that fronts on Routes 100 and 98. With the assistance of state, federal and private funding sources, we estimate the impact on local taxpayers will be almost nil.

Slekis: Ensuring our city retains its rural character is at the top of my list. While economic growth is a key driver for any city, we must maintain a delicate balance and preserve our lands, our open spaces, and protect our beautiful lakes. I don’t want to see our city become a city.

anderson: Harrisville Mill Pond Dam Repairs and Renovations

Can you name one issue or outcome from the last term that you wish had been different? For the two potential newcomers: can you name an issue on which you would have voted differently from current board members?

Swell: I’m excited to join the majority party and while I will always vote, independently, in the best interest of the taxpayers, I haven’t found anything I’d vote differently from the last two councils.

Rawson: I can’t think of a question that I would have liked to have seen differently during this quarter.

Slekis: As much as I am a gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment and our constitutional rights, I would have voted differently on the resolution declaring Burrillville a 2n/a sanctuary city amendment. This resolution does not represent the beliefs of all residents and gives many the wrong impression of our city. Ronald Armand moved to Burrillville late last year with a stockpile of more than 200 guns and told officers he paid $500,000 cash for his home on Tarkiln Road because she was in a “Second Amendment sanctuary city,” according to a police report, recounting “that’s why he and his family moved here and if he couldn’t shoot his property, he would consider moving somewhere like Connecticut where he would have more freedom regarding firearms”.

Fox: The hindsight is 20-20, but despite that, I am confident in the positions the city council has taken and the results of our votes.

Anderson: Although not really in our control, I did not appreciate the virtual zoom meetings and the inability to meet in person during part of the COVID pandemic.

What unique quality or skill set do you bring to the board that other candidates may not have?

Rawson: What I bring to the Board is the continuity of my many years of service, knowledge of state law mandates and municipal ordinances is unmatched.

Slekis: I had the honor of working for one of Rhode Island’s largest insurers for over 25 years, in business for over 100 years, which prides itself on providing superior customer service. I currently manage teams located in Kolkata, India, Bangalore, India, Canada and Rhode Island. Throughout my tenure, I have developed essential skills for managing a city, such as risk management, project management using agile methodologies, achieving results through values-based and leadership skills that encourage diversity, collaboration, respect, inclusion and transparency.

Anderson: I would say that my analytical skills and my commitment to always be very well prepared on any subject are my strength. I’ve also been blessed with a career that has allowed me to experience a wide range of industries and people around the world, giving me relevant experience for almost anything. shows up.

Fox: City council members bring a diverse but overlapping skill set. Although I am a local business owner, one of our other members is as well. Perhaps it is my nearly 30 years of experience in international trade that is one aspect of my business background that is different from other City Council members.

Swell: My background as a business owner, combined with 4 years on the Harrisville Fire District Board, gives me a unique perspective on how to bring efficiencies to city departments and help maintain tax stability. Inflation and rising operating costs will constantly push taxes up. I will always look for ways to broaden our tax base, while maintaining the quality of life we ​​enjoy in Burrillville.

What accomplishment (professionally, voluntarily or within the municipal administration) are you most proud of?

Slekis: When I was offered my current role in my department, we had individual teams that were very siled and working independently with minimal cross-communication. I restructured our business practices and workflows, brought teams together through various team building sessions and engaged them by soliciting their thoughts and opinions throughout the process. This has resulted in increased efficiency and a team that works together with the vision that we are all working together towards the same goal.

Anderson: I was the designer, designer and construction coordinator for the FM Global SimZone in Norwood Massachusetts in 2010 and 2011. It is a unique hands-on training center for commercial and industrial property risks and their solutions which won national risk innovation awards in 2012 and 2014. .

Fox: I am very proud that I have been able to not only keep my local business in Burrillville, but expand it to the point where we have built a new 14,000 square foot facility in Mapleville, employing 18 people, nearly half of whom are Burrillville. Starting out as a one-person operation in the basement of our home on Camp Dixie Road and bringing the business to where it is now has been a challenging, yet fun and rewarding task. I was blessed to have some amazing people with me for the ride and look forward to many years to come as a proud Burrillville business owner.

Swell: First and always my family. Second, I designed and developed Broncos Crossing. I am also proud of my time on the previous Charter Committee and District Fire Council. Together with the other members of my Board of Directors, we always consider the taxpayer and keep operational costs under control.

Rawson: There are two that stand out, the completion of the sports fields and the track at the college. Also, the installation of the Welcome to Burrillville sign and the area along Bronco Freeway 102 at the city border.

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