Seat No. 6: Incumbent Rick Wells and challenger Bob Sobba
Wells focused on what believes his
experience and expertise have brought the city during his
"It's my firm belief that the money that can be saved and the opportunities that can be gained by keeping in place sound management are considerable," he
said, estimating that he
behind-the-scenes work on the Indian Creek project has saved the city $2 million.
One of Sobba's key points was the need for increased cooperation between government agencies and thorough policy review."We all work for the taxpayers, we need to cooperate," he
also stressed the need for thorough policy review.In a discussion of whether ordinances and fees imposed by the city are too harsh, too lenient or just about right, Sobba
said they are usually somewhere in between and should be constantly evaluated to ensure they are effective.
Wells also said ordinances must by constantly updated to meet the changing vision they are meant to reflect and that fees should be based on the costs they apply to.While current fees might seem high, he
said, the costs of running the city are also high.A retired chief of the Caldwell Police Department, Sobba also discussed public perception of crime and the need to take proactive and preventative measures within the community.