November 2020 election: Meet the candidates for Pflugerville City Council Place 4

Two candidates, Rudy Metayer and Bob Reichenbach, are seeking Pflugerville City Council's Place 4 seat.
Two candidates, Rudy Metayer and Bob Reichenbach, are seeking Pflugerville City Council's Place 4 seat.

Two candidates, Rudy Metayer and Bob Reichenbach, are seeking Pflugerville City Council's Place 4 seat.



PFLUGERVILLE



City Council Place 4










Rudy Metayer




Occupation: litigator, Chamberlain McHaney


Experience: B.A., University of Texas; MPAff, UT; JD, UT School of Law; council member, city of Pflugerville






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



RM: Continue our work to strengthen and sustain Pflugerville by: roads and infrastructure to connect our community and better support access to jobs, schools and opportunity; economic development to lower the tax rate, protect local businesses and create jobs; public safety by ensuring law enforcement has the resources to serve and protect our citizens through its community policing efforts; inclusion and equity so that all voices, including our veterans and senior populations [...]



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



RM: Over the last several years serving on City Council, I have worked to bring new and sometimes opposing viewpoints to the table, to help develop effective community solutions. I willingly seek and actively listen to perspectives outside my own so that when a decision is being made or vote requested, it is not done in an echo chamber. It’s now more important than ever to seek out new perspectives to make effective and fair public [...]



How should Pflugerville manage its growth?



RM: We need to maintain a balance between growth and the values and traditions that make this such a special place to live. Our work must balance the immediate health and economic needs of our citizens, the viability of our local businesses and the still looming necessities of expanding roads and infrastructure. Recent sales tax revenue indicates significant consumer confidence in Our City. We need to repay that confidence by managing this growth navigating this pandemic.



What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the city, and how will you improve it?



RM: By far our greatest challenge will be the impact of COVID-19. The still unknown physical, economic, and psychological tolls will certainly present a heavy burden. That said, work by the City, in our churches and in our neighborhoods has shown a resilient and caring community. I will continue to be fiscally responsible and support these efforts in my role on Council by leveraging the resources between government jurisdictions to ensure Pflugerville and its citizens are [...]









Bob Reichenbach




Occupation: director of electrical and software engineering at Minimus Spine Inc.


Experience: 5 electrical circuit patents






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



BR: On city council I will be sensitive to the situation being faced by the residents of the city by delaying all nonessential spending at this time due to COVD. I will then focus on essential projects like roads, water, sewer. I will also promote they open up the city’s finances and become a Texas State Transparency Star city under the State Comptroller’s office Transparency Star program like Round Rock and Georgetown are.



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



BR: I have extensive experience as a problem solver in the corporate environment! The budget, taxes and higher water rates just imposed, are not reflective of the needs, or desires, of the city’s residents. Also note: I am not a business owner, home builder, traffic consultant, or a lawyer, I am simply a resident. As a result, my viewpoint is not distorted by such secondary issues. I can show them the problem and the solution!



How should Pflugerville manage its growth?



BR: Focus on needs of the residents first, and ensure all present amenities are maintained while planning for the future needs. Proactively manage our fiscal health to ensure adequate funds are available when needed. Ensure that knowledge gained from past projects is carefully used to avoid problems as we move forward! Carefully award and manage construction contracts to proven contractors that fully comply with quality and cost targets. Check twice, then build once!



What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the city, and how will you improve it?



BR: The recent water rate increase and bond election, including interest, represent more than one billion dollars in proposed new debt. I will minimize and limit spending. Essentials must be first, and promote transparency, so that residents of the city don’t need to be a CPA in order to read and understand the city’s plans, budget, and annual financial report. All projects submitted to the city council must have an option C: None of the above.


Editor's note: [...] indicates an answer was edited for length. Candidates were given specific word limits for each question.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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