Q&A: Dripping Springs Mayor Pro Tem Taline Manassian looks ahead at next term on City Council
Mayor Pro Tem Taline Manassian is running unopposed for Dripping Springs City Council Place 1 in May. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact staff)
Mayor Pro Tem Taline Manassian is running unopposed for Dripping Springs City Council Place 1 in May. The following responses were submitted by the candidate.
Experience: two terms on council, experience digesting large volumes of information quickly, open government experience, listening to the public
Why have you decided to run for city council?
JD: In 2017, when I first ran to serve my community, I knew little about how local governments worked, but I thought I could help. Today, I believe in the work we are doing as a city. I also believe I have more to contribute given what I have learned.
What are the biggest challenges currently facing Dripping Springs?
JD: Our biggest challenges have not changed since I last ran. They continue to relate to growth—building infrastructure, managing development and planning for transportation needs, all while keeping the feel of Dripping Springs that drew so many of us here.
If elected, what goals would you have for your term in office?
JD: My goals include managing growth while maintaining our culture, helping bring a town center to fruition, improving interactions with residents of our city limits and extraterritorial Jurisdiction, preserving historical places while creating new spaces and continuing to learn about our community and its needs.
The city is currently developing a transportation master plan. What would you like to see this plan address?
JD: As properties develop, we look for opportunities for connectivity and alternatives to get around town that ease the burden on major roadways, including the [Hwy.] 290/[RR] 12 intersection. I am appreciative of the plan’s efforts to address various modes of transportation in its assessment of our and our schools’ future mobility needs.
As residential developments continue to be proposed, what would your approach be to density in Dripping Springs?
JD: My approach to density will continue to be to balance density and green spaces so that we maintain our community’s feel and avoid overwhelming our roads, parks and other infrastructure. But density affects affordability. Reducing density makes homes less affordable. I am trying to balance maintaining culture and increasing affordability.