David Rolling: Housing for workers and seniors, supporting businesses my focus
Frisco Town Council candidate
Occupation: Software start-up and owner of technology consulting business
Years in Summit County: 6
Family: Wife, two children and one grandchild
Civic involvement: Frisco Town Council attendee, homeowners association board member, youth hockey coach, science Olympiad coach
I wish I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in Frisco. We discovered Frisco in the mid-1990s and immediately fell in love. (Who doesn’t?) Over the next 20 years, we visited, vacationed, made plans to move here and searched for a home. We found and purchased our dream Frisco home in 2015. My wife left her job, and I changed companies so we could move to Frisco. We were blessed that our dream came true.
I am seeking your vote for council because I want to maintain the small mountain town culture of Frisco while helping our residents and businesses thrive. I’ve invested hundreds of hours to understand all the issues, challenges, opportunities and successes in Frisco. I live and work here and want to ensure it stays a great place. After moving here, I became interested in the workings of the town. For the past 2 1/2 years, I have attended every council meeting (in-person whenever the council chamber is open to the public). Attending these meetings has allowed me to become familiar with a much wider array of issues faced by residents, businesses and visitors.
My priorities if you elect me to the Frisco Town Council include fighting for workforce housing, helping our businesses, pushing for senior living housing and advocating for our residents.
Priority No. 1: Workforce
We must find ways to attract and retain workers. Affordable workforce housing is only a piece of the problem. Workers also need access to child care, transportation, safe neighborhoods, clean drinking water, family-friendly activities, a vibrant community and a reasonable cost of living if we want them to work and live in Frisco. Prior Town Councils have made good investments over many years, but there is always more to be done, especially with respect to affordable housing and child care.
Priority No. 2: Help our businesses
Our business community is at the heart of our town and economy. Our businesses are the foundation of Frisco and make this a great place to live. We need to focus more of the council’s time, energy and resources on helping grow those businesses and cultivate new ones. We are a tourism-based economy — as tourism goes, so goes our community. We need to attract visitors (who are customers for our businesses), while maintaining our small mountain town identity. The Town Council benefits from more input from business owners and residents.
Priority No. 3: Senior living
Frisco and Summit County lack any senior independent or assisted living housing even though we have a wonderful senior center. We live the active days of our lives here, yet when we need extra assistance, our residents are forced to move away. I personally discovered this when researching places to move my father-in-law, as he needs increasing levels of support. We wanted to relocate him to Frisco (or at least Summit County), but there are no senior living facilities. This issue will affect every Frisco resident as members of their families age.
Caring for our elders requires in-person family member support as well as professional care. If families can’t find local supportive senior housing, they face serious pressure to leave Frisco. This is not the way we should be treating our older residents, and the town of Frisco needs to lead the way in encouraging development of senior living options for our elders. This encouragement can come in the way of changes to codes/zoning, financial incentives, encouraging local developers to build or recruiting senior living specialized businesses to invest here.
And don’t forget our residents! Whether it is discussions about paid parking (I do not support), rental fees at our marina, “dock island” or pricing for services at the Peninsula Recreation Area, our residents deserve preferential treatment. After all, our taxes bought and continue to pay for these facilities and services, so residents should get discounts and priority scheduling.
David Rolling is a candidate for one of three open seats on Frisco Town Council.
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