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.


MOST RECENT

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The temporary waiver covering initial vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, renewal of permanent disabled parking placards and 30-day temporary permits will end April 14. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials: No grace period to follow end of statewide waiver for vehicle title, registration requirements

Officials with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced April 5 there will be no grace period following the end of the temporary waiver of certain vehicle title and registration requirements this month.

The new tool will give Texans one place to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine through multiple health departments, including the eight DSHS public health regions—which provides public health services to nearly 200 Texas counties—as well as more than a dozen local health entities statewide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Department of State Health Services launches Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler

The new tool will give Texans one place to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine through multiple health departments, including the eight DSHS public health regions—which provides public health services to nearly 200 Texas counties—as well as more than a dozen local health entities statewide.

Residents wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 74,000 vaccine first doses coming to Austin-area providers in next week

The total allocation is fewer than the area received last week from the state.

The Centers for Disease Control released new guidance on in-person instruction for K-12 grade schools on March 19. (Courtesy Pexels)
CDC loosens guidelines on social distancing in schools

The updated guidance recommends students maintain 3 feet of social distancing in classrooms while wearing masks.

Rice Stadium Vaccine Site
Texas vaccine rollout: After 90 days, over 2.9 million fully inoculated

That figure represents about 13% of Texans over age 16—roughly one of every seven.

Three weeks after the the state's power grid failed leaving millions of Texans without power amid freezing temperatures, the Public Utility Commission of Texas named Adrianne Brandt as the agency's new director of ERCOT accountability in a news release March 11. (Courtesy Public Utility Commission of Texas)
Public Utility Commission of Texas names new director of ERCOT accountability

Three weeks after the the state's power grid failed leaving millions of Texans without power amid freezing temperatures, the Public Utility Commission of Texas named Adrianne Brandt as the agency's new director of ERCOT accountability in a news release March 11.

Lawmakers have returned to the Capitol for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Proposed curriculum, funding changes: 14 public education bills filed in the 87th Texas Legislature

Hundreds of bills related to public education have been filed in the 87th Texas Legislature, from curriculum requirement additions to funding formula changes.

According to a March 4 news release, the updated guidance includes a face covering requirement for employees and encourages guests to wear a face covering when they are not seated at their table. The updated guidance also maintains key safety protocols like regular cleaning and disinfecting, hand-sanitizing stations, and employee and customer health screenings. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
SURVEY: More than 70% of Texas restaurants still requiring employees to wear masks despite statewide mandate lift

The majority of Texas restaurant owners will choose to continue requiring staff to wear face masks after March 10 when Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate lifts, according to the results of an informal survey conducted by the Texas Restaurant Association in early March.

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Cos. of Johnson & Johnson in late February, U.S. residents who want to get inoculated against the coronavirus now have three vaccines to choose from—each with varying degrees of efficacy. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
EXPLAINED: See how the 3 COVID-19 vaccines available in the US stack up

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna—both two-shot vaccines—have higher efficacy rates for preventing illness than the single-shot Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine; the vaccine efficacy rates stand at 95%, 94.1% and 66.3%, respectively.

Dr. Benjamin Neuman, a virologist with the Texas A&M University System, spoke about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas ahead of the March 10 rollback of mask and capacity rules. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Virologist discusses COVID-19 response and rollback of state restrictions

Dr. Benjamin Neuman, a virologist with the Texas A&M University System, spoke about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas ahead of the March 10 rollback of mask and capacity rules.