Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$25 per Council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Brent Weast (incumbent)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brentplace4/
City website: https://www.haltomcitytx.com/hc/court-dockets/360-cc-council-members/2571-city-council-place-4-brent-weast
Email: bw4haltom@gmail.com
Charlie RobertsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Political-Candidate/Charlie-Roberts-for-Haltom-City-Council-110827150498854/
Email: meadortech@yahoo.com
Willis OdellFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Political-Candidate/Willis-odell-for-Haltom-city-Council-Place-7-2019-1910655142562924/ (note: 2019 election site)
Email: autoworldtow1@aol.com
Phone: 817-500-1685

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Brent Weast
I have served on the city council since 2018. During this time our city has seen rapid growth in residential and commercial development. As a council member I have serve on the budget audit committee twice as well as the Economic Development Board. Before being on the council I have served our city on the Beautification Board, Zoning Board of Adjustments which also includes the Hearings Board and Sign Board of Appeals. I am a past member of Haltom City CERT and helped charter the Haltom City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. I currently hold an A.A.S in Business Information Systems from Remington College.
Charlie Roberts
I believe I am the best candidate running for place 4 because I am very much for fiscal responsibility. I want to make sure my community is well informed about where and how our tax money is spent. It is my hope that Haltom City can move into the next decade with confidence, direction and a logical plan.
Willis Odell
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Brent Weast
The biggest priority for Haltom City is to continue the growth we are seeing. We have sat idle for so many years and it is good to finally see us moving forward. The next step is to see the current projects thru and keep ourselves focused for future growth. We still need new civil buildings, upgraded streets and drainage, and additional personnel in various departments such as police, fire, streets, code, just to name a few. With the tax revenue from the increased growth we will be able to start accomplishing goals in the aforementioned areas.
Charlie Roberts
1) Search for innovative solutions to our lack of retail tax revenue.
2) Encourage the business community, the citizenship and the leadership of Haltom City to understand that the perception and appeal of our community is a shared responsibility.
3) Streets over structures. We have a need for street surface improvements that will benefit the many before we should consider new buildings that would benefit the few.
Willis Odell
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Brent Weast
As a council along with our city leadership we have been tackling this issue pretty well. Currently we hold virtual council meetings and our city facilities have temperature check points. Currently our budget is in good standing as our leadership in all areas of our city are being frugal with their spending.
Charlie Roberts
1) I would not consider incurring any additional new debt, barring some unforeseen financial emergency.
2) I would encourage staff and citizens to continue work life and social life to the extent that they feel comfortable with. There does not appear to be a consistent data stream that clearly and definitely assigns a detrimental effect of health on people who contract C19. Personal responsibility is what I believe.
Willis Odell
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Brent Weast
To me it is not the local governments role to get into providing housing funded by the local government. There are alternatives out there that people can find to help in times of crisis and need.
Charlie Roberts
That is a tough balancing act in Haltom. A lot of us moved here because it is less expensive to live here than some neighboring communities. The addition of new housing with higher purchase values plus the county and school district need for more money is driving property values too high. The wages, retirement payments and social security benefits many of our residents depend on aren't increasing at the same rate. We need to attract more retail based revenue to provide property tax relief for our residents.
Willis Odell
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Brent Weast
Our city government is pro business of any size. We offer various matching grants to help old businesses upgrade and new businesses get started. We also have incentive programs such as the 380 agreements which put performance measures in place while giving the owner of the business some incentive to come and invest in our city.
Charlie Roberts
Opportunity and start up flexibility. Ease and simplicity of planning and approving. I think our city has some good programs to help small businesses. Maybe we could use a better vetting process in determining a better application of the programs. It doesn't stop with the city leadership though. The citizens of the community will need to do our part also. This means we need to frequent local businesses to make them successful. I believe the strength of a community is determined by the dedication to the community by all who live and work there.
Willis Odell
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Brent Weast
I do not support defunding of our law enforcement or any first responder. They are our front line to keep us as safe as possible for which they need our support. Haltom City fortunately has great police and fire chiefs that understand budgeting and do all they can to keep cost low and run as lean as safely possible.
Charlie Roberts
Safety of the community is the first and foremost responsibility of city leadership. This means the safety of the "protected" and the safety of the "protectors". I believe to maintain a peaceful and orderly community there must be laws that shape us into a civilized or orderly species. Due to human nature itself there will always be those who create disharmony, cause mayhem and inflict their own wills and desires ahead of the community as a whole. So there must be an entity to step in and enforce the very laws of civility that the community adopted as fair and just. The brave men and women who staff this entity, our police and first responders, must have the best equipment and training possible, as well as sufficient personnel, to be safe as they fulfill their duties.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Brent Weast
I am currently supported by our police and fire PACs again this election cycle. I still view our council as servants to the citizens, employees, and the city of Haltom City. Our job as servants to these three parties is to look at the issues before us and find common ground that all three can benefit from. I believe over the past two years we have done this Look around and you will see progress all around this great city of ours. Together, let's continue creating a better Haltom City!
Charlie Roberts
At the local level I hope that every citizen would take the time to research the candidates, what they believe, what they say they will do, and what they have done(incumbents). Consider the needs of the community, your community that you live in. Learn all that you can and then vote for the person who you believe will best push your community in a direction you want it to go. It is your community and you will live with the results.
At the state and national levels, apply the same process as the local level.
Willis Odell