Fruita mayoral race: Leadership skills boost his bid for mayor, Moss says
Terry Moss believes he has the community relationships and leadership qualities needed to serve as Fruita’s next mayor.
The chief operating officer for Western Valley Family Practice and one of the founders of Little Sprouts Preschool lists his connections to Mesa County, Colorado Mesa University, School District 51, the health care industry and other local entities among the reasons why voters should select the four-year Fruita City Council member over six-year council member Lori Buck.
“I’m positive, and I have leadership experience. I think Lori’s been a great city councilwoman, and I think she’s served her role well, but she doesn’t have those traits that can take us to the next level, and I believe I do,” Moss said.
Moss and Buck agree on many issues; among those, both support a proposed ban on medical marijuana centers in the city and a measure to exempt the city from the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights revenue-collection limitations over the next six years. Moss, though, has noted Buck voted in 2009 to amend Fruita’s land-use code to allow dispensaries to operate in the city. Buck responded by saying she cast the yes vote strictly because the issue came up shortly before then-Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill making it legal for local governments to ban dispensaries or allow voters to decide their fate.
There are other issues on which Moss said he is focused.
He’s an advocate for converting to a consumption-based sewer-billing system for residential customers, similar to the way commercial customers are now billed by the city. The change last year angered some business owners who contended the additional costs may force them to close their doors, but Moss said the most equitable way to determine residents’ impact on the sewer system is to base their bills on how much water they use. Currently, single-family homes are charged a flat rate.
“I truly feel that a single person uses a lot less water than a family of four or six,” he said.
Moss said the city needs to find a way to meet residents’ oft-repeated need for a new grocery store — either by working with City Market to expand its store or recruiting another supermarket to come to town — as well as attract more retail and industrial businesses.
“We need that type of growth to be able to keep Fruita self-sustained in a lot of ways,” he said.