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 salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Rhylan RoweFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/rr4tc
Email: rhylan.rowe@gmail.com
Phone: 817-266-9850
Greg LamontWebsite: https://greglamontforcouncil.com/home
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Political-Candidate/Greg-Lamont-for-Council-Place-1-100217394860557/
Instagram: Greg.lamont.3
Email: Lamont.TC@att.net
Phone: 817-491-3330

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Rhylan Rowe
I've lived in Trophy Club for over 15 years and served on our Town Council from 2014-2019. I also served as Vice-Chair of our 2019 Charter Review Commission, and I have been Vice-Chair of our Planning & Zoning Commission since 2019. While on Council, I was named to 9 different subcommittees by the Council, served as Council liaison to our Economic Development Corporation for 4 1/2 years, and served as Mayor Pro Tem for one year.
I’ve worked in technology since graduating from Texas A&M in 2002, and have spent those 18+ years making day-to-day operational decisions for businesses I’ve been involved with. For almost 15 years, I’ve led organizations that deliver software services to clients 24x7x365. I’m accustomed to making decisions every day that impact both the present and the future, assessing risk, and balancing costs against value of services provided.
Greg Lamont
We moved to Trophy Club 19 years ago and have been involved in serving the community and my neighborhood for the past 18 years.
I have served 7 years on Council and was term limited in May of 2019.
During those years, (three (3) as Mayor Pro Tem) the Council accomplished significant financial savings, updating Town Ordinances, Rules of Procedure, modernizing Town facilities and improving our Town Staff.
I will serve my full term as Councilman for Place 1
 and I will honor my Oath of Office to uphold and defend the United States and Texas Constitutions. 
I served as an HOA President for The Lakes of Trophy Club for 12 years, 2002-2014.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Rhylan Rowe
My priorities are simple - keep Trophy Club a great place to live with an emphasis on sound fiscal policy, public safety, and fostering a sense of community.
Within six months of graduating from Texas A&M and moving to Roanoke, I knew I wanted to live in Trophy Club. Two years later, I bought my first home here. As a Council member, I've tried to be a steward of the characteristics that made me want to live here over 15 years ago. We are routinely named as one of the safest communities in Texas. We have the tax base to remain financially sound. We've got the resources to provide a high level of service to residents, but we're still small enough to have a genuine sense of community.
We can maintain and take opportunities to improve by being good stewards of all the advantages we currently enjoy. Location in a high-growth region, residential property values, first responders, community volunteers, proximity to Lake Grapevine, parks, recreational programs, and a commitment to fiscal responsibility all work in concert to maintain the high standards of safety, prosperity and a sense of community among residents.
Greg Lamont
The Open Records Department needs a complete overhaul, I am hopefully that the new IT Company that has been hired will recommend the necessary adjustments to make compliance more efficient and accurate for both staff and the requestor.
We need to visit our Police and Fire Departments budgets.
I have addressed this issue in a later question.
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Rhylan Rowe
In terms of economic impact, this is the rare time where being an overwhelmingly residential community is an economic advantage. Tax revenues come primarily from residential properties, so we've avoided substantial revenue impact as a Town. Sales tax revenues will obviously fall short of projections, but recent changes in law requiring out-of-state businesses like Amazon to pay city & state sales tax has softened the impact of COVID-19. A tradition of judicious budgeting (I was on Council for 5 of the last 7 budgets) means we can absorb a revenue slump with minimal disruption. The FY21 budget, nearing approval, is built upon conservative revenue forecasts, does not add staff headcount, and limits salary increases to very conservative merit-based raises and/or market adjustments. I support that approach.
As we look to the future, we will need to prepare budgetary contingencies in the event of an extended economic downturn that goes on long enough to impact our property tax revenues.
Greg Lamont
One of the fortunate benefits for us this year since we have limited sales tax revenue as we are primarily a residential area is the new State Law that now gives the sales tax generated from purchases by TC Residents by out of area businesses such as Amazon to the local Municipality.
With the decline in sales tax from local businesses due to Covid-19 this boost saw a break even and possibly a slight increase in sales tax revenue when the final numbers are in for the year.
There was a restructure and refinance of several items in the budget this year to take advantage of the lowering of the interest rates.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Rhylan Rowe
Trophy Club is all but built out, so this topic will likely have little relevance until way down the road when/if redevelopment of residential areas is on the table, which could be decades from now.
Generally speaking, I think that the voices of current residents have to be taken into account when questions of land use and residential density are raised. There are a lot of valid theories about city planning, as it relates to diversification of affordability and density of housing, but in a small residential community like Trophy Club, we need to respect the reasons people move here in the first place. For most, it's because they want to live in a medium- or low-density single-family zoned neighborhood, including me.
Greg Lamont
As to Land Development there are few lots (residential and commercial) left and they are zoned and ready to be built which will lead to a complete buildout for Residential in the coming months.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Rhylan Rowe
The best thing that any government can do for business of any size is get out of their way, to the maximum degree possible. For small businesses, this can be felt by easing regulatory burdens where it can be done responsibly. I support realistic, business-friendly development standards for commercial properties, and maintaining adequate levels of community development staffing for plan reviews, inspections, and the like, so that our Town doesn't become the slow link in a business owner's plan. In the past, I've been vocally supportive of approving exceptions that allow businesses to get creative with signage and site plans, so that they can have more control over their branding, marketing, and operations.
Greg Lamont
The Town has given tax incentives to new businesses in the past and since we are near complete build out we need to look at ways to attract residents (Trophy Club and non Trophy Club) to support these establishments.
We have a significant Hotel Tax fund that while limited can be used to enhance entrance ways and create a coupon brochure for guests that stay at our hotels for Baseball Tournaments, yearly events such as the 4th of July etc,.
We have 5 hotels that for a Town our size brings in a sizable amount of tax dollars.
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Rhylan Rowe
Trophy Club is routinely named as one of the safest cities in Texas, and we all aim to keep it that way. The current dialogue around "defunding the police" is just the latest in a long line of national conversations that have mainly served to fuel unproductive debates between devotees of major political parties. It's maddening - both the dialogue and the implication of "defunding" as a broad policy goal.
To what degree policing can be improved locally, that particular conversation gets us nowhere. Our community is unique. We might need to spend more in some areas; we might be able to spend less in others. I've worked on 5 of the last 7 municipal budgets and have come away with the impression that in Trophy Club, our Town Manager and Police Chief are using financial resources wisely on public safety.
With our stellar safety record, ample financial resources, and tremendous community support, our Police Department can be a model for responsiveness, positive community relations, transparency and accountability. There's no justification for entertaining sweeping changes or politicizing public safety issues. My contributions to financial oversight will continue be rational and fact-based.
Greg Lamont
Safety is the number one (1) responsibility of a Government.
We need to visit our Police and Fire Departments budgets, we have had significant growth since 2015 with residential including an apartment complex and commercial properties including several restaurants without any permanent additions to those departments. Since we are now at build out I support the request for two (2) new Patrol Officers and EMS/Firefighters that will compete our safety needs to the future
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Rhylan Rowe
Greg Lamont
I believe that if a Resident asks for an answer, opinion or help they are entitled to a response and help with that issue, “Thank you for your input” is not sufficient.
There are several areas in Town that have significant water flow/flooding issues. They need to be addressed in the very near future.