Carrolyn Bolin was elected to represent Ward 5 on the Rolla City Council in April 2011, and she likes public service so much that she wants to continue.
Brian Woolley wants to serve the public, but he’s having trouble getting the public to support him.
“I am running for a second term on Rolla City Council because I really enjoyed the first term,” Bolin said in response to a questionnaire sent by the Rolla Daily News to all council candidates.
Bolin was elected by an overwhelming majority two years ago; she defeated Brian DeFriese, a former council member who was not running as the incumbent, 204-82.
In that same election two years past, Woolley attempted to be a part of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. Incumbent John Beger left the board, and four men ran for election to succeed him.
Woolley came in third with 356 votes, ahead of Mike Monaldi’s 249 votes but behind E. Ward Merrell, who received 656 votes, and Albert Crump Jr. who won 1,037 votes and the election.
Asked why he is running for the council, Woolley said, “I believe in a small and efficient city government, low taxes and bringing new jobs to Rolla.”
Bolin is a child-care provider with a long list of community volunteer work.
Woolley is an attorney, a veteran and an NRA member.
Here are their answers to the questions posed by the Daily News:
1. Briefly describe your background, including education, current employment and work experience, voluntarism, public service and family.
WOOLLEY: “I’m a local Rolla attorney with eight years’ experience practicing law and 14 years prior experience in accounting and small business management. I have a Juris Doctorate Degree from Washburn University School of Law and also a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. I’m a 12-year veteran of the United States Naval Reserve who has been awarded seven decorations and was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom. I’m a father of three children, ages 25, 16 and 15. I’m a member of the National Rifle Association.
BOLIN: “My name is Carrolyn Bolin, and I am running for a second term on Rolla City Council. I moved to Phelps County in 1980, first living in St. James for 10 years, then in Flat for 12 years and now in Rolla for the last 11 years. I have two daughters and six grandsons here in Rolla. I also have a son who lives in Kentucky. I was married for 41 years to my first husband. I am currently divorced but fill any extra hours with volunteer work.
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“I am a high school graduate and also have numerous clock hours of further education in child development.
I was the first family child-care provider in Phelps County to attain accreditation (April 7, 2001) from Phelps County Community Partnership. I currently have child-care in my home, and I have 40-plus years of child-care experience. Perhaps being the fifth of 10 children in my family led me to this vocation!
“I have also worked as a telephone operator (remember the old switchboard and an actual voice saying ‘This is the operator. How can I help you?’) I was a bookkeeper for Shepard’s IGA in St. James and for the St. James Elevator. I worked a government job near Madrid, Spain, and I’ve been a waitress and bartender. I’ve loved every job I’ve had because of the interaction with the public.
“I am the manager and director of the Lyric Live Theater in Newburg. I’ve worked with that theater for 11 years, and I also worked with shows at Ozark Actors Theatre here in Rolla. I am on the Cancer Gala committee, board of directors of Phelps County Fair, KMST volunteer, past member of Rolla Chamber singers and Chamber of Commerce. I attend Ridgeview Christian Church and am a soloist and song leader there. I was a Red Cross volunteer for several years, a Camp Fire Girl leader and a Girl Scout leader for many years. I was treasurer of the NCO Wives Club in Pfortzheim, Germany.”
2. Why are you running for this office?
WOOLLEY: “I believe in a small and efficient city government, low taxes and bringing new jobs to Rolla.”
BOLIN: “I am running for a second term on Rolla City Council because I really enjoyed the first term! I’ve learned a lot these past two years about how the city is run and have come to appreciate the process. It’s quite interesting and there’s a lot more involved than I thought. I continue to learn and I’m amazed at the hard work and dedication of our city employees! I would like to remain an integral part of this package.
I’m sure there are some who don’t agree with everything I have done or with the way I’ve voted on some issues. however, I always vote my conscience and try to learn about each issue on its own.”
3. Why are you a better choice for the voters than your opponent?
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WOOLLEY: “I’ll use my diverse legal, business and accounting background to work with the business community to create and keep jobs in Rolla, to keep a close eye on your tax dollars, and to make sure city government works efficiently.”
BOLIN: “I believe I’m the better choice for the voters in Ward 5 because I know I’m dedicated, capable, I get involved and I’ve already served for two years. This was my training — now I’m ready to dig my heels in and get things done! My opponent may also be quite capable. I have never met him and know nothing about him so I won’t judge him.”
4. Why should the city use tax increment financing to bring retail business to town?
WOOLLEY: “In today’s economy, tax increment financing is a necessary tool that must be used to encourage new businesses to locate to Rolla.”
BOLIN: “It seems to me that the reason for using tax increment financing (TIF) to bring big retail businesses to Rolla is the lure. The more we give, the more apt they are to come here (instead of another town) and that means more jobs and more tax revenue in the future. However, I believe we should also offer some type of incentive to local ‘mom and pop’ type small businesses that pen up here in Rolla. They are our benchmark and our backbone. They make us unique, interesting and strong!”
5. What’s your solution to the funding of The Centre after the recreation sales tax ends Dec. 31 of this year?
WOOLLEY: “New funding sources for The Centre could range from increased user fees to a dedicated sales tax, or some combination of the two.”
BOLIN: “Regardless of what we thought we heard or believed in the beginning, we know now that The Centre will never be self-sustaining. When the recreation sales tax ends on Dec. 31 this year, we still have to fund this venture. Why not at least keep a percentage (if not all) of the sales tax to keep things going? There will never be an easy way out of this but let’s not throw it all away just because things didn’t go exactly as we’d planned. There will always be choices. We just have to make the right choice.”
6. Do you want to loosen, rescind or leave untouched the workplace smoking ban?
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WOOLLEY: “I am not a smoker; however, I believe that a private business owner should have the right to decide if he wants to have a smoking section in his restaurant or bar.”
BOLIN: “Oh, yes, the smoking ban! A lot of work and sweat went into this project, and I certainly don’t think we should let that go to ruin. This wasn’t an ‘in the moment’ let’s make a decision thing. There were several years of studies, statistics gathered, etc. Personally, I believe this was based strictly as a health issue for all citizens, not a ‘rights’ issue. If anyone still wants to smoke, knowing all the statistics and health risks involved, then go ahead and smoke. That’s your choice. We just ask that you do so sensibly so as not to put others at risk for second-hand smoke health problems. I believe if one exemption is made, there would be no end. I would leave the smoking ban untouched.”
7. Should the city continue with the water fluoridation program?
WOOLLEY: “Yes. Fluoridated water has been used successfully for decades to prevent cavities in both children and adults.”
BOLIN: “As with smoking, we now know a lot more about fluoridation. Years of studies and statistics have shown us the pros, cons and advancements in fluoridation. I certainly don’t claim to know a lot on this subject, but from what I have read and heard, I do think it’s time to make some changes. We do get the needed fluoride from sources other than our drinking water. The City of Rolla could save several thousand dollars a year by not adding fluoride to our water. Or, we could at least put a lesser amount in and save some money. Too much fluoride can be a health issue as much as second-hand smoke.”
8. Are there any departments that need drastic improvement in performance?
WOOLLEY: “All city government departments need to be constantly monitored to ensure that they are both efficient and cost-effective.”
BOLIN: “I believe there is always room for improvement in any individual or department or job. That’s what life and work is all about. You work, you learn, you improve, and then you work, learn and improve some more. We can all improve on our work performance no matter how good we seem to be doing. To my knowledge, though, there is no department that needs drastic improvement in performance.”
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9. Is John Butz doing a good job as city administrator?
WOOLLEY: “The City of Rolla operates under the council-mayor-administrator form of government. To run the day-to-day activities of the city, the city council hires a city administrator who is responsible for the city’s operation. The current city administrator is John Butz. One of my duties as a city council member would be to monitor and evalute the job performance of Mr. Butz.”
BOLIN: “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a more dedicated, hard-working person than John Butz! There’s a lot of pressure with the city administrator’s job. Yet, John handles everything and everyone as if that’s the most important thing (or person) on his list. He’s always available, smiling, friendly and willing to listen and help if he can. I don’t know how he does it, but I think he’s doing a GREAT job for Rolla!