John Hammett: Environment, housing and mental health services are my priorities
Frisco Town Council candidate
Occupation: Engineer for Siemens and owner of Jack of All Trades handyman service
Years in Summit County: 3
Family: Married, two children
Civic involvement: Volunteer coach and mentor
After moving from Atlanta to Frisco nearly three years ago, my dream of living in a winter wonderland came to fruition. I am blessed to be working and residing in a postcard world in the Colorado Rockies. Frisco is my home, and my goal is to bring a fresh perspective to the council as we address the issues that so greatly affect our beautiful town.
My background focuses on engineering, small business ownership, corporate management, advanced wastewater treatment, retail and hospitality. This broad experience gives me creative insight into the problems that face our community. I am primarily a problem solver.
In the coming year, I would like to address workforce housing issues, education, ending all medical mandates and protecting the local environment (including the accumulating mask trash). Local businesses echo the same issue: the lack of employees due to the chronic shortage of low-income housing. It saddens me that this issue is still unresolved. To bring about the biggest positive impact to the town of Frisco and the surrounding communities, I will dedicate my efforts to resolving the workforce housing issues in a timely manner. Employees from all over the world desire to work here. Let’s make this possible.
Priority No. 1: Environment
My priority is the environment. We all should be able to agree that our community in the mountain environment should be the top concern. During my first year, I will enjoy working with the rest of the council to setup a volunteer/town effort to make the town of Frisco the cleanest town in the Rockies. All the thoughts and ideas for electric vehicles and green energy are valid and will be very beneficial to the future sustainability of our planet. My engineering background makes me well qualified to work through the new innovations in technology to incorporate them into our small community.
Priority No. 2: Workforce housing
Secondly, workforce/affordable housing plans are a passion of mine, and I look forward to helping expedite all the ongoing developments currently in the pipeline. We can also look to a future with a grander scale of planning and building. I look forward to exploring new and creative ideas to reduce the need for short-term housing for all out-of-town visitors. Hotel development may hold a part of that solution. Another idea for small families moving to Frisco is tiny home parks, which have minimal environmental impact and would be a possibility worth discussing.
Priority No. 3: Mental health services
Lastly, I would like to explore and fund an expansion of the health services to include better mental health support for our young children and the stresses that a modern society has created. We need involvement from our community to mentor and support the boys and girls who are at risk. We can partner with our local nonprofits and religious-based organizations to support our greatest asset: our kids.
I’m ready to listen and respond proactively. There are no problems, only solutions. Contact me with your questions and concerns, and let’s get this done!
John Hammett is a candidate for one of three open seats on Frisco Town Council.
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