Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum: The Wellington Mayor’s Race
Pettegrew â€” It is important for people to get involve in their community. How can I encourage people to be involved when I am self am only willing to go as far as voting in elections? If you want change then you need to be willing to be that change. I want to be that example to my stepsons and their generation that what is happening around you is important; you can make a difference.Â Your vote is your voice. Green â€” There are many areas in our operations that Iâ€™d like to study in hopes of cutting costs.Â To mention a few, Iâ€™d like to compare costs and see if our suppliers are the most economical and see if there are areas where we could share equipment to prevent multiple purchases.Iâ€™d also like to see Wellington get out of the â€˜forced mowingâ€™ business (weed notices) and contract it out, similar to how we already contract our tree trimming.This would save on equipment, fuel and labor costs.Â I would also like to push for a labor study to see if we have the correct amount of employees working in each department.Â I feel we could be overstaffed in areas and understaffed in others.Â While our city employees are one of our greatest assets, they are also the cityâ€™s biggest expense.Â I feel itâ€™s important to be sure we are using them wisely. Â Iâ€™ve worked on two budget years and each time we have made progress towards cutting back the cityâ€™s expenses.Â I feel that we can continue to do so. Hatfield â€” Me and my wife are business owners of the largest vaper shop in the state. and have done it all with a strong desire to help people stop using regular tobacco products. And if elected I will work just as hard to make this a even greater place to live in. And a community we can all be proud of. HanselÂ â€” The City of Wellington needs to work together with the Wellington School district, the Recreation Commission, the Chamber of Commerce and our citizens to make our community a place where people want to live. Â Families are looking for quality of life, good schools and safe communities in which to raise their families.Â If you create an environment that people want to be a part of, the businesses will come.Â I also believe and have preached for many years as the Chamber Director, that we have to shop local.Â Businesses will come if they know the citizens will support them.Â For every $100 spent at a local business, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.Â If you spend that same $100 on-line, nothing comes home. Hatfield â€” Promoting business and events that stimulate economic growth with the focus on our strong points. I.e. Railroad, the wheat festival, and our chamber of commerce to help. Klinesdinst â€” I have strong business experience in budget management, quality measures, and marketing.Â I also have a history of achieved results which have been completed by my innovative strategies and implementation of processes. ThisÂ has enhanced the lives of those that I have cared for in a variety of Care Centers in Kansas and New Mexico.Â I am currently on the Wellington Planning Commission since 2013 and have enjoyed learning the many facets of city ordinances and development.I seek to learn more. I can tell you that if you vote for me as your Mayor of Wellington, I will stand strong in what is right and I will strive to build our community through a formed vision and plan. Something like this is a process of time, changing old patterns of thought and actions and thenÂ implementing the changes necessary to move forward.Â I face challenges and I don’t stand down from them. Â I bring a fresh new perspective to the town as I am new to the community andÂ I embrace the beauty of Wellington.Â All I can ask is that if you have any questions that you feel have not been answered, thenÂ please call me.Â Talk to Tami.Â I am here for you Wellington.Â I want to be YOUR next Mayor.Â Thank you. 4. Due to state budgetary shortfalls, municipalities across Kansas will likely see less revenue coming from the state in appropriations. While municipalities wonâ€™t be nearly as affected as school districts, what are some of the areaâ€™s for which the city of Wellington could cut back?Â Klinedinst â€” I was born in Satanta, Kans. and attended school in Mankato, Kans. I began my healthcare career by studying Physical Therapy at Colby Community College and received an Associates Degree and license to practice as a LPTAÂ in 1981.Â Following this graduation, I enrolled in the University of Kansas to study Psychology.Â While in Lawrence, I met my future husband, married and moved to Honduras, Central America.While living in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, I had three children and lived there for eight years. I received a BA of Psychology from KU in 2007.Â At this time, I began my career as an administrator in training practicum to be a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.I moved to Wellington in 2012 with my son Mathias, who is receiving his grade school education at Kennedy Elementary.Â I accepted the position at Sumner County Care Center as the Executive Director and has been leading innovative changes at the facility ever since.The position ofÂ Executive Director involves several leadership components such as budgeting a multi-million dollar business, adapting policies/procedures and leading Quality Management Systems.I have worked in Kansas, Hawaii, Honduras , Missouri and New Mexico and have my certification as a Long Term Care Activity Director with extensive experience in the field of Marketing and Program Development.Iâ€™m fluent in Spanish and I have served on the Kansas Healthcare Association Public Relations Committee, Eudora Lions Club, Recipient of the Kansas Activities Director Association Program of the Year by supporting our soldiers overseas.Â I have also served as a Board Member of KADA, been a speaker and presenter at 2 KADA Conferences and is a PEO since 1979.Â I also serve on the Wellington City Planning Commission since 2013 and am excited to be YOUR next Mayor! Hatfield â€” The main reason for my decision for running is to make this an even greater community where people want to live. Â And to promote business growth. Klinedinst â€” I am running for mayor because I feel I can make a difference for the people of our community.Â In the 2 Â½ years I have been living in Wellington, this town has embraced my son and I. Â Wellington has been very healing to me.I believe in paying it forward. What can I do to give back to this community that has given me so much?Â I want to be a part of the growth of Wellington by helping, guiding and planning a vision for our future.As Mayor, I believe that I can build a stronger community outreach through strategically aligning base foundations in facing our challenges, developing solutions and implementing community revitalization.Â I believe that through establishment of a sound budget, Wellington can begin to develop a broader vision with roads, water, and downtown business growth.Â Opportunities are available for increased tourism, employment and community growth.I would like to be a part of the City of WellingtonÂ Team leading this vision and the implementation of strategies to make the vision a reality.Â I am proud to be a Wellington citizen and ask for your vote for Tami Klinedinst as your next Mayor. 6. What is the best route to attracting business to the city of Wellington? Green â€” Bringing big business, or industry, to town is a game of incentives.Â Itâ€™s very competitive between potential cities and states.Itâ€™s very hard for us to compete.Â I feel we need to keep trying, but also focus our attention on bringing smaller, mom and pop businesses to town.Â We have relied far too long on the standard methods of promoting our city and weâ€™re not seeing the positive results that I know are obtainable.City hall needs to recognize that we are the best advocates for our city and market ourselves accordingly.Â Wellington has a fabulous downtown area, we have fantastic turnpike access and most of all this town is filled with a large number of small businesses owners who could provide great insight into the issue.Â As mayor I will definitely involve these untapped resources!Â During my time on the city council I have fully supported alternate ways to grow our community and economy and will continue to do so. Hatfield â€” Lawn watering restrictions. Maybe even a update to the current reservoir to fix the tributary feeding it. And yes depending on the water situation fracking could be a viable solution for this towns financial needs. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The following is the candidates forum for the Wellington Mayor position.The candidates running are: Kelly Green, Shelley Hansel, Mark Hatfield, Tami Klinedinst and Jazzmyne Pettegrew.Kelly GreenShelley HanselMark HatfieldJazzmyne PettegrewTami KlinedistThe city election will be held Tuesday, April 7 and is open to all registered voters, who live within the Wellington city limits.The winner of this race will serve as mayor for four years, replacing Roger Stallbaumer, who will be leaving the post at the end of April.Keep in mind these questions were provided a month ago and the answers were delivered two weeks ago. So these responses before the utility rate work session meeting on Monday. The candidatesâ€™ answers are presented in alphabetical order by their last names. Pettegrew â€” We first need to identify what type of businesses the residences of Wellington would like to see here.Â There are several incentives that the City could offer to businesses such as tax incentives, public utility breaks. Our city needs to be willing to work with, not against these potential businesses. As citizens we need to think local first. Hansel â€” No one likes to pay high utility bills including me but I do like that when I go to flip a switch on at home or work the lights come on.Â Again, I trust that the City staff is doing their best to compare our rates to other municipalities and if there is any way to lower rates, they would. Hatfield â€” Some of the bonuses should be a factor in some of these cuts. My point is if nothing is changing for the betterment of the community then why is the state paying a bonus for nothing? And definitely could cut back on issues that are not deemed necessary for making this city greater. Klinesdinst â€” The city needs to stick to the already planned budgets and implementing practices that departments within the city are able to manage and be successful with the tools they are provided.Â The City Council must demonstrate a solidarity of following the proposed budgets and ask the questions to the relevance ofÂ proposed extra spending out of the parameters of the budget lines. Pettegrew â€” The Wellington Lake could be utilized as a tourist asset to Wellington. That is one minor step that could help boost economic development. We are a quiet bedroom community that could vamp up our appeal to tourism. Weâ€™re part of the legendary Chisholm Trail with a historic downtown that we are not using to its full potential. 2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council/mayor? Green â€” I have city government experience, the education, and the ability to attend the many meetings, workshops, conferences and such to successfully perform the duties of mayor.Â Mayor Stallbaumer has done an admirable job and I have watched and learned from his leadership.Â I feel I can continue what he has started.While on the council I am fortunate to have witnessed a definitive shift in the dynamics at city hall.Â We now have a city manager who believes itâ€™s his job to manage the city AND to take directive from the council, not vice versa.Â Itâ€™s a positive change and we need to keep strong leadership in office to compliment it.I love my hometown.Â I have the determination and skills needed to succeed at making a difference.Â A difference that will be seen, not just talked about.Â Wellington is so close to taking a big step towards progress.Â I see it, I feel it and Iâ€™m ready to continue being a part of it. HanselÂ â€” I believe the City of Wellington has great staff and department heads currently working to do the best they can with less.Â I would see if there are any ways to partner with other municipalities, the County or the School district to save money.Â However, I also believe cutting back doesn’t mean you can’t look for public-private partnerships, grants or other ways of funding much needed projects. 5. Because of the recent drought, water has become an issue for the city of Wellington and across south-central Kansas. Outside mother nature, what should the city do to make sure there is ample water for its citizens in the next 10 years? Do you believe the city of Wellington should allow water for oil fracking?Â Green â€” In 2014, I led the city council in forming a water conservation committee to address Wellingtonâ€™s water issues.Â Phase One is a rebate and product program that helps residents purchase or receive products to reduce their water consumption.Â Phase Two is a program to provide educational materials to our elementary children.These things are greatâ€¦ but only a small part of what we need to do as a city to insure a healthy, abundant water supply.Â We need an aggressive water line replacement program, we need to maintain our lakes and wells, and we also need to brainstorm ideas for gray water usage.Â We need to study ways to hold and preserve water run-off from heavy rains.Â Data shows that the annual frequency for heavy rains is increasing, even though our total amount of annual rainfall is not.Â The same way a citizen uses a rain barrel, the city should study methods of collecting this run-off.In 2012 the amount of water used for fracking in Kansas equaled less than 1 percent of the total water used.Â This is a very small amount, but we must also consider that the water used is not reusable.Itâ€™s too dirty to be used for anything other than drilling.Â Iâ€™m not ready to say we should ban the sale of water to the oil companies but I believe our policy needs to continually adjust to reflect the changes in our current state of water in Wellington.Â I have attended the Governorâ€™s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas the past two years and will continue to be informed on water issues affecting not only us, but our state. Pettegrew â€” The City of Wellington needs a change; a drastic change. It is time that we stop using the â€œgood ole boyâ€ system. Itâ€™s not working. There needs to be someone that can remain impartial, level headed, listens to the people, is approachable, and does what is best for Wellington and its residents. That person is me.Â Your vote is your voice, let it be heard, vote for me!Follow us on Twitter. Pettegrew â€” An area that we could cut spending is in the large amounts of over-time pay to City employees. There should be no over-time pay for non-essential employees. There should be limited over-time pay for essential employees. I feel as though there is no accountability when it comes to over-time pay and that is potentially being abused by various departments. 3. A recent survey in Sumner Newscow stated citizens are most concerned with economic development. What do you as a city council person think should be done to continue and improve Wellington economically viable in the future?Â HanselÂ â€” The City of Wellington needs to land the intermodal project that the Kansas Department of Transportation is currently seeking a location for.Â This project would be good for existing businesses as well as bringing new jobs and businesses to our turnpike corridor. I would use my connections that I have made through Leadership Kansas and my Chamber work to lobby and convince the powers that be that Wellington is the best location for this project.That being said, I believe we need to work with our existing businesses on how we can help them grow and succeed since they have already chosen to locate here.Â We need to become a business friendly community and they will come. As Mayor, I would form a business task force with local business owners, company and community leaders to look at what we can do for our current businesses and what we can do together to attract appropriate businesses to Wellington. Hansel â€” I have served as the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director for 10 years and have taught leadership and encouraged many people to run for public office. With Mayor Roger Stallbaumer leaving office I decided it was time to ask myself…if not now, when? and if not me, who? I want to make a difference and give back to the community of Wellington that has given me so much.Â I believe Wellington needs good leadership right now and someone who can raise the bar and lead Wellington in a positive direction.My hope for Wellington is a thriving, clean community with successful businesses and industry that has high achieving schools and a diverse population.Â My vision is a working partnership of engaged citizens and community leaders from all sectors.The Mayor needs to be a consensus builder, one who helps everyone get on the same page. Pettegrew â€” I looked at several utility rates of neighboring cities; Winfield, Mulvane, Derby, Conway Springs, Argonia, South Haven, Wichita, and Belle Plaine. According to http://www.electricitylocal.com/states/kansas/ Wellington had the highest utility rate. I do not know enough about how a city purchases/produces its electricity to give an answer as to why we were the highest. It is possible that the city needs to better negotiate the purchase price? Pettegrew â€” Water conservation is important to our community. There are several communities throughout the Country that have proven conservation programs that we could look into being a part of. Klinesdinst â€” I believe the city should investigate other options and begin to formulate a plan for the future.Â This could be done in a variety of ways….1.Â Hire independent contractors to study the water issues,2.Â Initiate a group of Wellington citizens who are interested in the subject of our water issues and have them begin a comprehensive study of our own as to what resources are available and how Wellington can prepare for the water supply in the future.Should OUR water be allowed for oil fracking?Â If there is a water shortage, then that discussion should be brought to the city council for investigation as well as a community forum;Â however, the oil fracking business does provide revenue to the city, so if their resources are limited in the use of our water, my question would be â€œIf the City of Wellington chooses to discontinue the oil fracking business access of our water, what revenue could be lost to the community and to Sumner County?â€The impactÂ of this needs to be reviewed and presented before a final decision is made. 1. Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position.Â Green â€” I was born and raised in Wellington.Â I graduated from Wellington High and obtained a BA in Business from Wichita State University.Â I chose to stay in Wellington and raise my children here.Â Fifteen years ago I started my own business investing in real estate.Â Today, my business provides property management, home staging and remodeling services.I am a small business owner, with flexible work hours, and being an elected official is one way I choose to give back to my community. Hatfield â€” Showing the businesses that our community is expanding and advancing with the times. That we’re not afraid of change and being open to them. Klinesdinst â€” I believe that the community of Wellington needs to begin from the basics. Â A sound budget and following of that budget is imperative for a foundation.Â In this,Â Wellington requires road repairs,Â water pipes repairs, and then begin a campaign to develop our downtown.Â I believe that through this first formation of a foundation, Wellington can then begin to establish a business marketing plan that will outreach to attract industry businesses.Â By doing this, as industry enters into Wellington, our unemployment will drop, jobs increase, the need for housing and the city can begin to grow a more solid infrastructure.I-35 is a source of tourism that I believe is highly untapped. Â We should strive to pull visitors from the interstate through user friendly signage that will direct them towards our downtown area. Â Our shopping and family oriented sites will entice visitors off of the highway and into our community. Before we can begin an effort of increasing tourism in the community, we need to build our systems first, attract businesses second,Â increase employment and then target the tourism industry off of I-35. 7. Do you feel our utility rates are too high or are they in line with other communities?Â Green â€” Iâ€™d love to tell you that our utility bills are out of line, but the data provided to me shows that Wellington is comparable to other towns.Â What I can tell you is this:Â I will not approve any rate increase unless I am 100% convinced it is warranted.Â I am not against raising rates, but I am against raising rates to cover for poor budgeting skills.Â Rate increases should be the final option, not an easy solution. Hatfield â€” I was born in Wellington at the old hospital. I was raised in Belle Plaine and moved to Wichita and then to Oregon, and around the country with my father Terry M. Hatfield. My time growing up was spent learning business from him.My career started with him helping him grow a business from the garage up that he recently sold and retired. I am running for both positions to grow Wellington the same way with hard work and dedication to the people of this great community. Hatfield â€” They are in line with a few other communities I have researched. 8. Can you tell voters why they should elect you as the mayor or a city council member of Wellington? Green â€” Because I can provide the type of new leadership our community needs to thrive.Â I am a hands-on person, I won’t be just another smiling face nor am I looking for self-promotion.I have proven that I will work hard for the city of Wellington and not delegate the difficult or time-consuming tasks to others.Â Furthermore, Iâ€™m not looking to use the position of mayor as a stepping stone to a political career or to pad my resume.Iâ€™m in this race because I can be in the game every day, focused and dedicated toward creating solutions that better our livesâ€¦ that better our community.Â Wellington is in a situation where we need to realize we canâ€™t continue along the same path and expect different results.Â A different path is right before us, great changes are happening, good things are coming.Â Letâ€™s take that path!Â Iâ€™d appreciate your vote on April 7. Green â€” The best way to grow our economy is to fully support our existing businesses.Â As a city councilwoman AND a local business owner, I believe Wellington has to become more helpful and supportive.Â The cityâ€™s attitude must be â€˜what can WE do for YOU?â€™Â As the next mayor, I will guarantee a better relationship between the city and businesses.Imagine the economic impact if our small businesses were able to add employees, expand their buildings, and/or increase their services or products.Â I would love to see a new industry come to Wellington but we canâ€™t sit back and just hope that it happens.Â Today companies are bombarded with incentive packages, often worth many millions, and Wellington canâ€™t always compete.Take care of what we have first, and THEN focus on what else is out there.Â We will never attract new business if we canâ€™t provide quality of life.Â Wellington must continue to be a desirable place to live.Â We need good housing, schools and solid infrastructure.Â We need to continue supporting our great parks and lakes.Â The city needs a comprehensive plan.Â Not a thousand page, unreadable and unusable plan.Â But a plan that makes sense.One based on the wants and needs of the citizens, combined with the abilities of the city.Â A plan that would be a true guideline for the continued success of our community. Klinesdinst â€” I believe that in order to attract businesses to our community, we first need to ensure that our roads are attractive, manageable and serviceable to either larger industries or tourists coming off of I-35.Â The town of Wellington lacks three things to visitors:â€¢Signage that is in the verbiage of a visitor, directing them to our local spots of interest.â€¢Landscaping for beautification of our downtown.Â The roundabout is so plain, what is appealing about a big grass concrete circle?Â How does our town seem appealing to the outside visitor?Â Washington Street is commonly referred to as Main Street, but visitors drive all over, looking for the signs that say ‘Main Street’ when they drive past the Washington street not realizing it is Main Street!â€¢I believe our downtown needs a theme that will aide inÂ developing a united front. Â This theme will target families and the tourists on vacations.Â Visitors should be able to ingest our Midwest history, Wheat Capital Pride and Crusader Power for an overall capture of what Wellington citizens live every day. HanselÂ â€” Educate, educate, educateâ€¦I believe the City of Wellington needs to take the lead on educating our citizens on the importance of water conservation.Â The City has some great free water conservation programs in place; however, I donâ€™t know that citizens are aware of them.As Mayor, I would do my best to educate citizens about these programs and really make people aware how precious commodity water is and is going to be in the future.Â As for allowing water for frackingâ€¦our citizens and businesses water needs come first but I also believe the oil and gas companies are bringing much-needed jobs and revenue to South Central Kansas. Hansel â€” I am 47 years old and currently the Marketing Manager for Sterling House of Wellington.Â I also do Chamber and Leadership consulting as well and work as an on-air talent for KHLT 99.7 Lite FM.Â Prior to my current position, I served as the Executive Director for the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce for 10 years.I was born at St. Lukes Hospital, which is now Sumner Regional Medical Center and was raised in Wellington on North Washington. Â I attended Washington Elementary, Wellington Junior and Senior Highs.My dad was a railroader and my mom worked for Clark Manufacturing.Â I graduated from Wellington High School in 1986 then went on to earn a journalism degree from the University of Kansas. I spent 15 years in television news and radio working in Topeka, Wichita and Phoenix, Arizona.I am currently the President and facilitator for the Sumner County Leadership Initiative.Â I am active in several community organizations including the Wellington Noon Lions Club, Crusader Club and the Wellington Womenâ€™s Golf Association.I completed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management program and was also a member of the 2013 Leadership Kansas Class.I teach PSR classes at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church. I live near Eisenhower school in west Wellington and I have three children, Carson, 15, Elise, 12, and Vohn, 5.Wellington gave me a great beginning and now I want to give back by serving as Mayor.Â My children are growing up here in Wellington and I want to make our community a place where they can raise their kids someday. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 280 weeks ago If someone wants the real answer to our high utility bills they have to talk to someone that specializes in the buying, selling and usage of power. Our electric rates are comparable to other towns but the answer lies in policy changes dealing with industrial demand charges that now result in the “power cost adjustment” we see on our bills. I would be happy to pay my bill at the amount due before that adjustment. Cueball I’d love to see you or our new city manager score some time with Bob Porter and see what information you come up with. Report Reply 0 replies · active 280 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 280 weeks ago Attended the forum on thursday. Only one candidate said the magic words “i care about ALL the citizens of wellington.” Jazzy Pettigrew. And only two have consistently attended council meetings and workshops the past several months, Pettigrew and Hatfield. This speaks volumes. The same two had all the right responses to the difficult questions. Mayor is not just ribbon-cutting and gladhanding. It is representation and commitment. Report Reply 2 replies · active 280 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down citizen · 280 weeks ago This is a tough decision. We have several candidates who bring some very positive things to the table. I think together they would make a great team. Unfortunately only a couple of them are running for city council at large. Thus not voting for them would effectively eliminate their input from the city council. Report Reply 0 replies · active 280 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down WellCitizen · 280 weeks ago Green has been attending all the meetings since she filed for Mayor and City Council. But, someone should research her attendance for the past two years. Green has missed a lot of city council meetings in the last two years. She keeps saying that she has a flexible schedule and the time to attend all meetings, events, etc. Is her past attendance record an indication of her future attendance as mayor or councilwoman? I also attended the forum this past Thursday. The candidates were asked about their attendance for the past three months. Kelly Green said she had attended all meetings in the past three months, when it is on record that she was absent the first council meeting in January. Voters need to be aware of past performance of candidates running for reelection when listening to their promises of commitment. Report Reply 8 replies · active 280 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down dave · 280 weeks ago I would be interested in how much money is being transferred from the electric utility to supplement the general fund. Our electric rates are higher than our country friends on REC. In the early 1990’s it was 16 mills. It makes the mill levy look attractive for property tax, but the Electric Utility can’t pay it’s bills, and now they want to raise our electric rates. I would like Ms. Green to answer. If I was to guess, it is over 20 mills. That is a lot of money folks. Report Reply 0 replies · active 280 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down craig · 280 weeks ago I also attended and submitted a question. Kelly Green is a landlord. Conflict of interest right there. The honorable ex chamber person is a self promoter, not a leader or mayor material. We need spending-conscious, “Mr. Or Mrs. Everycitizens” as mayor and council, not fluffy resumes and buzzwords. Report Reply 0 replies · active 280 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down DownTheDrain · 280 weeks ago Shelly and Kelly have a conflict of interest going on considering their previous jobs. However if I had to choose one over the other I would choose Kelly. After all she has done a great job on council and she has done a great job with the water project. She has obviously been in the council setting. She knows what is required of her and she knows how to handle members of the community very well. I don’t see how Mark can bring much to our community. He owns a vape shop to help people stop smoking and get away from the harmful toxins in cigarettes yet vape is just as dangerous. He also can not give solid answers somewhat grammatically correct. Klinesdinst has a great background working in many regions. She has helped reshape the hospital. However I see another conflict of interest here. She works for the hospital esp in the area of budgeting. The hospital relies on the city’s help for grants and extensions on bills often. I can see this as a way for her to get a hand in handing money to the hospital. I say if anyone gets my vote its Kelly. PS start going through your facebooks,myspace,twitter,instagrams and deleting old post and pictures. Your pictures and post can say a lot about you. Even your friends who have pictures of you says who you run around with and shows what your doing. Some potiential mayors need to clean their social media……….yes even MYSPACE. Report Reply 6 replies · active 280 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 280 weeks ago I agree with you WellCitizen….Kelly went right along with the old City manager and voted for apartments ruining a neighborhood…. If she cared about the citizens views then she would of listened to all of them and understood what it would do to their home values, not “as jazz would say, go along with the good ol boys club” Report Reply 1 reply · active 280 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Pettegrew â€”Â My name is Jazzmyne Word-Pettegrew; better known as Jazzy. I moved to Wellington the summer before 5th grade and have pretty much lived here ever since.Â I am married to Bob Pettegrew, and have two step-sons Derek and Tyler. Â I have worked in education, appraising, and now banking all in Wellington. I am a member of the Wellington Church of Christ.Â I have made my life here in Wellington. Klinesdinst â€” Yes, I feel the utility rates are too high and seem to be increasing. Surrounding farm lands outside of Wellington face increases in their utility rates that are causing some farming homes/families to reconsider their livelihood of farming.Â These rates just do not affect homeowners in town, but families outside of Wellington as well.Â I also believe that this needs to be addressed and investigated.Â Question and questions more to the providers of energy.Â Standing together strong as a community is important if we are to address these high rates. Hansel â€” I want the citizens of Wellington to know that I am dedicated to the City of Wellington.Â I have spent the last 10 years promoting Wellington and our great businesses and I now want to take my statewide connections, leadership expertise and energy to the next level. I want to be that positive leader who invites more people to be involved in the community conversations that affect us all.Â We need to engage our citizens and community leaders to come together to make a difference now and for the future.Â We need to make it possible to Live Wellâ€¦Live Wellington!!