Grapevine City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryNone
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

PLACE 3

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Leon Leal
http://www.voteleonleal.com/
FB: leonlealforgrapevinecitycouncil
Email: leon@abbaprofessional.com
Lemoine Wrighthttp://www.wrightforgrapevine.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/WrightforGrapevine/
Email: wrightforgrapevine@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Leon Leal
Preserving the history of Grapevine through our continued growth
Support our communities quality of life
Replace future apartments with retirement resort communities
Control and compress future tax increases
Address and support police and fire with the increase of tourism
Lemoine Wright
Helping build the infrastructure today for the Grapevine of tomorrow is something that should be a top priority of the Council. We should take great care in planning to ensure that our city and our roads are ready for what the next 30 years will bring. In addition, the influx of visitors from the Texrail System will be something that should be monitored continuously, with the city needing to stay ahead of the game in regards to public safety and pedestrian traffic.
Ayudar a construir la infraestructura de hoy para el Grapevine de manana es algo que deber ser prioridad para el Consejo. Vamos a tener mucho cuidado al planificar para garantizar que nuestra ciudad y nuestras carreteras esten preparadas para lo que los proximos 30 anos traeran. Ademas la afluencia de visitantes del sistema Texrail es algo que debe ser monitoreado continuamente con la ciudad, que necesita mantenerse por delante de el en lo que respecta a la seguridad publica y el trafico peatonal.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Leon Leal
Living in Grapevine for the past 27 years, I have been committed to serving in our community.
9 years on our School Board, 2 years as President.
9 years on Baylor Grapevine Board, on the expansion team working with the city.
5 years on Parks board and numerous other city boards and committees.
The numerous volunteer hours working to improve our community.
A successful business owner established in 2001.
I sincerely believe I have a strong understanding of our community. I hope to work with our citizens, listen and support new ideas. I will bring a lot of positive energy to our council, mayor and city.
Lemoine Wright
My family has been a part of Grapevine and the fabric of this city for over 100 years. My life is here, my business is here and my family is here. I am the only candidate who has spent his life building Grapevine and that has experience working with all levels of the city government to get things done for Grapevine’s residents. I want to take my experience and dedication to Grapevine’s special way of life and use it to make a difference and help plan a Grapevine for the next generation.
Mi familia ha sido parte de Grapevine por mas de 100 anos. Mi vida esta aqui, mis negocios estan aqui y mi familia esta aqui. Soy el unico candidato que ha pasado toda su vida construyendo Grapevine y que tiene experiencia trabajando con todos los niveles de gobierno de la ciudad haciendo cosas realidad para los residentes de Grapevine. Quiero usar toda mi experiencia y dedicacion hacia la especial forma de vida de Grapevine para marcar diferencia y ayudar a planear un Grapevine para las futuras generaciones.
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Leon Leal
I believe we should all participate and carry the burden equally.
Lemoine Wright
I believe that as a Council, we must prioritize the basic services that have always made Grapevine the best place in the Metroplex to live, work and raise a family. Grapevine has done an excellent job at increasing tourism so that we can continue to provide excellent services without raising our tax rate.
Yo creo como Consejal, que debemos priorizar los servicios basicos que han hecho ha Grapevine el mejor lugar del Metroplex para vivir, trabajar y formar una familia. Grapevine ha echo un exelente trabajo incrementando el turismo y seguiremos proporcionando un exelente servicio sin incrementar nuestros impuestos.
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Leon Leal
Limiting the tax revenue growth at 2.5 will require cities to find other ways to obtain revenue. This could have a negative effect on city services. Cities might have to limit services or could increase cost of services to make up the revenue. The City of Grapevine is unique, we have been blessed with a strong tax base and tax revenue. The proposed 2.5 would not be a benefit for Grapevine.
Lemoine Wright
I think Grapevine’s work to increase tourism will continue to work in our favor in relation to the city budget and anything that happens in Austin this session. Diversifying our revenue streams will assist us in handling any budget issue that arises. I have faith that our city will do what we have always done, work with the funds and budget available to us and continue to provide the high quality of city services for which Grapevine is known, and I want to be a part of that solution.
Yo pienso que el esfuerzo de Grapevine por incrementar el turismo seguira estando a nuestro favor en relacion al presupesto de la ciudad y si algo pasara en la sesion de Austin. La diversificacion de nuestros flujos de ingresos nos ayudara a manejar cualquier problema presupuestario que surja. Tengo Fe que nuestra ciudad hara lo que siempre hemos hecho, trabajar con los fondos y el presupesto disponible para nosotros y continuar brindando los servicios de alta calidad por lo que la ciudad de Grapevine es conocida, y yo quiero ser parte de esa solucion.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Leon Leal
I am very passionate about the wonderful city of Grapevine. I hope to be an advocate for our citizens, support our local communities by focusing on improvements in our neighborhoods. I believe we have to take care of our aging population by providing them more programs and quality of life opportunities.
Lemoine Wright
Grapevine is a special place to live. We have the most unique blend of historic downtown, suburban neighborhoods, tourism draws and urban city structure. The people who serve on the Grapevine Council should be ready to work for all of Grapevine to continue to make it the best place in North Texas to live, work and raise a family. I believe that my experience in Grapevine will be an asset as we plan for the next phase of our city. I have a life history of working for and in Grapevine and I would be honored to continue my family’s legacy of service as your City Councilman.
Grapevine es un lugar especial para vivir. Tenemos la mezcla mas unica del centro historico, barrios suburbanos, atracciones turisticas y estructura urbana de la ciudad. Las personas que sirvan en el consejo de Grapevine deben estar listas para trabajar para todo Grapevine para continuar siendo el major lugar del Norte de Texas para vivir, trabajar y formar una familia. Yo creo que mi experiencia en Grapevine sera ventaja al momento de planear para la siguiente fase de nuestra ciudad. Tengo una vida de historia trabajando para Grapevine y seria un honor para mi el continuar el legado de mi familia como su Consejal de la ciudad.

PLACE 4

Who’s Running?

Darlene Freed (incumbent)FB: https://www.facebook.com/Darlene-Freed-for-Grapevine-161761807312971/