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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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