New council member Cancelosi focused on Frisco’s quality of life
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FRISCO – As the newest member to Frisco’s town council, Kim Cancelosi said she’s ready to take the plunge. She’s one of three candidates registered for three open council spots, so the Town of Frisco recently canceled its April election in favor of appointments.
Cancelosi has lived in Frisco full-time since 1995 (after she met her husband Jim at Music on Main), but she started visiting Frisco in 1979 when her parents moved there. She said she’s always liked to be active in public service. So when other residents told her she should run for an open council spot, Cancelosi stepped back to measure whether she had the time.
“I don’t think you can just show up on the two meeting days and think that’s all it involves,” she said, noting that she believes the council’s time commitment to be within her capabilities.
Cancelosi, a mother of two boys – Keegan (10) and Lukas (8), is a former attorney who currently works in home faux finishes. She’s also actively committed to working with Frisco Elementary School and the Summit School District. She said she served on the Frisco PTSA for numerous years, and she’s joined several building and accountability committees within the district.
According to Cancelosi, the top three issues for Frisco include: 1) Affordable housing – being able to attract full-time residents with families, as it’s hard to keep that demographic in town; 2) Quality of life – a broad spectrum of issues like reforestation, accessibility to the town and recreation facilities, and noise impacts from Interstate 70 and Highway 9 caused by increased traffic and loss of trees; and 3) Working with local businesses – “If you want to keep families here and attract more, than you have to support your local businesses where families can actually work.”
Supporting local businesses is also important for tourism in Frisco, Cancelosi added.
Council will have to play a key role in future development projects like Peak One, the peninsula, Main Street redevelopment and more, “which requires making lots of hard decisions,” she said. “I know a great deal of time and effort has been put into it, and a lot of thought has been given. We need to keep moving forward to achieve these goals.”
Cancelosi also supports using town and county master plans to “make certain that the town fits the needs of a whole diverse population.” She advocates creating places for kids of all ages and interests to hang out in Frisco. The new peninsula recreation development plan plays into that goal.
The new council member also spoke about how she plans to relate to other council members, town staff and community members – “With anything, you always have to be respectful, listen to what other people are saying and keep an open mind. It’s important that people put aside their own personal beliefs or views and look to see what’s best for the whole community.”
And what if the town’s real-estate transfer tax doesn’t bounce back to 2006 levels? Cancelosi came up with a few ideas for growing revenues in town.
“I think the best way to increase more revenue in town is to get more families so they shop here,” she said. She suggests working with local businesses to draw more people to town and thus increase local spending.
“When we have community events, we need to make sure our businesses are well advertised,” Cancelosi said, adding that the Town of Frisco could work with the Frisco Chamber of Commerce to promote lodging and local stores.
When Cancelosi isn’t working, volunteering or taking care of her sons, she said she likes “doing anything that’s outside.”
“We’re avid users of the Nordic center,” she said. “And Jim and I like to tele ski.”
Caitlin Row can be reached
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