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November 9, 2013

Community development director joins staff at Ada City Hall

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Ada — AN: Is the housing study looking at what the city needs in terms of housing?

TK: Yes. It’s kind of like what do we need in terms of housing.

Again, it’s like various types. We don’t want to build all these four-bedroom houses when the coming population is a mom with one, maybe two kids. Why build a 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house for a mom with two kids that one, doesn’t need all that room, and two, probably can’t afford it. Various things like that.

AN: What, in your opinion, makes a good community development director?

TK: One, you need to listen to everybody. Some of the items that come up — you’re not going to please everybody, but you need to get input from those opposed to something, those in favor of something and just present the facts. ... The boards, they’re the decision maker. I’m providing them with the information so they can make an informed decision.

You have to be flexible. You don’t say, “By golly, this is what the plan shows. This is what we’re going to do.” That may have been appropriate when the plan was developed, but things change. Times change.

Flexibility is very important. In fact, I think that’s one of the most important features of the job is  you have to be flexible. You have to be flexible, but you have to be firm too.

AN: What are some of your long-term goals for the position?

TK: One thing that I would like to do — that we’re starting to do — is the trail system. I’d like to work on that so any person age 8 to 80 can go from one side of the city to the other side of the city without needing a car. I’d like to get the trail system up and going.

Working with the various parks. Try to see where would parks be best located. Updating and upgrading the zoning. Working with all the other departments to see what they’ve got going.

I’m a newbie, so it’s kind of like I don’t know exactly what all they’re doing. But what I do like so far is that they do work together on these projects.

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