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7/31/2014 7:11:00 AM
Dewey-Humboldt council, mayoral candidates introduce themselves
Left, from top, incumbents Jack Hamilton and Mark McBrady seek re-election to D-H council seats, while incumbent Terry Nolan, seeks to be re-elected as mayor; Top to bottom, right: incumbents Dennis Repan and Sonya Williams-Rowe seek re-election to council seats. Center, Doug Treadway is running for council.
Left, from top, incumbents Jack Hamilton and Mark McBrady seek re-election to D-H council seats, while incumbent Terry Nolan, seeks to be re-elected as mayor; Top to bottom, right: incumbents Dennis Repan and Sonya Williams-Rowe seek re-election to council seats. Center, Doug Treadway is running for council.

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In preparation for a candidates forum from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Cherry Hill Ranch event center, here are the five candidates, in alphabetical order, running for mayor and council, along with their biographical information, background, and the top three issues they feel are facing Dewey-Humboldt.

Cherry Creek Ranch is off Highway 169 at Foothills Drive. A meet-and-greet the candidates takes place from 6-6:30 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County will moderate the forum.

Jack Hamilton - incumbent council member running for council, elected and seated June 4, 2013.

Hamilton, 72, has been married 30 years. He worked in private industry before retiring to Dewey-Humboldt 10 years ago. He has served on the General Plan Committee, Open Space and Trails Committee, Capital Improvement Committee and Groundwater Advisory Committee, until elected to town council this past year.

The three top issues include:

1. Maintaining the current zoning for low-density housing. Hamilton states he helped lead the fight against Monogram Company's dense housing plans for the former Young's Farm property, and has been active in local government ever since.

2. Keep town-owned roads in good repair and try and get Old Black Canyon Highway on the town's road maintenance list. Hamilton said more than 200 residents use the road every day, and lack of road maintenance will cause more safety problems for them.

"The government built Old Black Canyon Highway and always maintained the road before it became a town road. I think town government should continue the tradition of maintaining the road."

3. Stop the council from buying the local water company because of the very high cost. "The main issues facing Dewey-Humboldt can be summed up under 'economic development.' This includes things like getting a town-owned water and sewer system, rezoning, and land banking, among other things. This is 'supposed' to make Humboldt a vibrant town again.

"I have real issues with this mainly because of the cost. I do not think the programs are based on reality but more on wishful thinking. The overview always sounds great, but the devil is always in the details and the details are what count. So when you hear a rosy overview of what the candidates want to accomplish, ask how much is it going to cost and who is going to pay for it."

Mark McBrady - incumbent council member appointed in June 2010, elected and seated in June 2011. No information provided.

Terry Nolan - incumbent mayor running for mayor; elected and seated as council member June 2009, elected as mayor June 2011 and June 2013.

Nolan, 70, has lived in Dewey-Humboldt since the early 1970s. He and his wife, Nancy, have been together 20 years; they have four sons. He has taken college classes in business, computer language and programming, and owns Humboldt Precast since 1988.

"I believe that I have a lot of history of the area, not as much as the senior folks in the area, but I listen to them and encourage them to talk about what the town was like 50, 60, 80 years ago. I have worked with a lot of the people new and old in the community and have an idea of what they would like to see happen in the area."

The three top issues facing Dewey-Humboldt are:

1. Getting back in touch with the community's concerns and interests.

2. We need to control the water futures, enabling us to have a say in what is going to happen when the AMA wants to change things later.

3. We need stimulate economic growth and development to enable our kids and grandkids to attend schools, grow up here, and obtain jobs locally. We need to look to the future, not to just say we want to keep everything like it is and not improve our town because we don't need to change anything. We do need to look to the future to help our children the best way we can.

Dennis Repan - incumbent council member appointed to council in June 2011, elected and seated June 2013, running for mayor.

Repan, 66, has lived in Dewey for 24 years. He is married with one son and two daughters, and is an Arizona State University graduate. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1972.

Repan brings extensive background experience in corporate management as a business owner for more than 20 years. He served on the town Planning and Zoning Commission, and with the town council for 3.5 years.

The top three issues include:

1. Leadership. "We have had two terms of 'leadership' that have produced very little cohesiveness and consensus on council, resulting in no real progress for the community. If elected mayor, I will petition for a change in term limits for the mayor position. Two terms is enough. I will work to promote conversation and dialogue within our council, without retribution, embarrassment or public criticism for presenting new ideas or different approaches to the problems that face our community."

2. Water. "There is a movement within our council to initiate studies and develop plans for the water resources. I have heard these words before in Arizona. Eighty percent of our community is on private wells. I will fight to keep homeowners' wells - that were paid for by homeowners - private, unrestricted and unstudied."

3. Quality of life. "Again, there is a movement to make our Highway 69 corridor an extension of what we see in Prescott Valley. Some council members want to study the corridor properties to find out the owners' plans for use and potential development. If I wanted to live in a town that looks like Prescott Valley, I would have moved there. If we are going to develop, let's put our town hall as an anchor in the historic part of town that is begging for historic preservation and re-development. The businesses will follow.

Doug Treadway - running for council.

Treadway, 69, received his Master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University where he studied geography and environmental studies. He moved west in the early 1970s and spent 40 years working in natural resource management. After retiring in 2012, he and his wife, Gina, moved from New Mexico to Dewey. His interests include bicycling, landscaping and outdoor activities.

Treadway has more than 30 years experience working with federal and state natural resource agencies, entailing close coordination with other federal, state, local, tribal and private entities dealing with a wide array of resource issues. He also owned a reclamation and seed-growing business, with budget, project management, grant writing and personnel supervision experience. He also served six years as president and vice-president on a former homeowners association board.

The top three issues include:

1. The rural character of Dewey-Humboldt, which is one of its strongest assets. "The town's 2009 General Plan states any future development should be compatible with a low-density lifestyle."

2. The Iron King Mine Superfund site "poses a real hazard to local residents. The site is obviously not going away overnight, but a proactive game plan needs to be in place for mitigating the mess."

3. "Every community's future lies greatly in the well-being of its children. Meaningful investments in good educational and recreational opportunities will enhance their development as young adults. Perhaps this should be the foremost issue facing Dewey-Humboldt."

Sonya Williams-Rowe - incumbent council member appointed May 2013, running for council. No information provided.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014
Article comment by: A Tax payer

Why is the building that the museum is in still classified as tax free church? It has been used as a rental property for the last three years

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014
Article comment by: Dewey Homeowner

The whole animal thing started because vm allen
Responded to a request from some people in the
Community wanting to run a kennel in
Their home
When she research code there was problem in it
And she asked town to have planning and zoning fix code
It's in minutes and video on line
The wild animal discussion exotics and number
Of animals came from the community merging and
The public not the council
Council keeps telling the community to get involved
Now we see what happens when they spread
The vice Mayer is an animal person so if you know
Her this is funny
Go to council meetings and call and email councilmbers
They say they vote in what you want so make dure
They know

We went to the last two meetings and got to speak
We will keep going to get the DH we want

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Article comment by: Mad As Hell

To "Just Saying"- yep, maybe the town is doomed. Maybe it should be put out of its misery. Maybe that is the only way for the two factions in town to be removed from power.
The pro-developer guys now try to sell development "for the children" -so kids who are born here can grow up here and work here at a job provided by commercial development.
The historic downtown group wants us to support the museum to help anchor tourist based businesses down town. There is no foot traffic, no reason for freeway drivers to turn in, except for the ice cream place. Tourism died when Youngs farm left.
Property owners probably can't afford to improve their old buildings because they are so far out of code, and to bring them into code to get a building permit for improvements would break them.
The area must be developed as a destination for the people who live in Humboldt. Stuff like the ice cream place is good. Maybe a consignment thrift store? Or a green grocer for families to sell their extra produce at. Stop thinking tourism and start thinking Mayberry.
I don't think downtown is a dump tho. I like the older buildings. I think it makes D-H different from other Az towns. That makes it worth saving.
If D-H dies- be prepared to become Prescott valley. YUCK!

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Just Saying

This town is doomed!! Look at who is running for office no wonder only 30% of the people vote. This group gave over $6000 again this year to pay the rent on the museum building. Last year the museum group stated they would be able to pay there own rent in 2014 and 2015. So that is over $19000 in three years the town could replace one of there truck with that kind of money. Which the trucks were bought when the town was formed. This groups is trying to buy the museum building again after the people told them no three years ago. They are playing games with the agenda posting to hide what they are doing. Main St Humboldt is a dump. The building owners will not invest in there own building so why does the town want to spend money on it. We are stuck with this group to run the town but people can tell them to stop wasting money on Main St. Pay council members a small salary and you might get some good people to run for office.

Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Article comment by: Dewey-Humboldt Hates Pets

Info for Dewey Homeowner- First you will see in my response for Nancy- that she is completely wrong and is even quoting the wrong code.
Second I have listened to the P&Z hearing about our anti-animal laws for July 10- these people had no interest in changing the pet-limit law. One pompous twit even said the town MUST have pet-limit laws even after the public spoke out against them. NO-they have made up their minds-I am sure the rules were about to get worse except that the flier that is going around has sent out the alert on that. They are being watched now.
I read in the Meeting Minutes for the May 13 council meeting that vice-mayor Allen wants to decide FOR ME if I should even be allowed to keep exotic pets. An animal shelter friend looked the definition of exotic pet up on the Az. Game And Fish site and it says any animal not native to north america. (so everything from guinea pigs, tropical fish, parakeets fit that).

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Article comment by: Dewey Homeowner

Ms.Writght is not wrong. The code hasn't been changed-it just is not enforced. In our town we enforce code only when complaints are filed.

If you want to change it to something else as a citizen of the community you can do that. Planning commission and council are trying to fix technical issue in code nothing else right now. If you think it needs change tell them how

Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014
Article comment by: Loves Animals in Dewey

I thought our town was a rural community!!! Now it is like a homeowners association telling you how many pets you can have. If a cat has kittens or dog has pups, am I breaking the law? Are three small cats equal to one large dog? How many dogs equals a horse? I have a couple acres of land for my animals. What crazy law is this? Is the town sending animal control with a search warrant to homes to inspect possible law breakers???

Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014
Article comment by: Nancy Wright

For clarification, the Allowed Animal Chart has not changed since the town was incorporated. The ordinance was brought over from Yavapai County's code. See Town Code 153.066.

Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Article comment by: Dewey-humbolt Hates pets

None of these bozos is talking about the major issue in town right now- the limits on housepets that is now in the town law, and soon to be enforced (according to what a P&Z member said at the 7-10 hearing). I found a flier taped to my garage door about this. There is a 6 pet limit per household for house pets NOW. So when I bring my 14 pets up here to stay with me - I am breaking the law. The flier I found says to go to the city website and look at the town council "packet" for the may 13 council meeting-this is for real. I read this, and from what i saw it says that if I have ANY pets, from cats, bunnies, birds, dogs, that are more than 6 total than I am breaking their law. According to the flier, this was passed in 2008. There were none of these sick laws before then.
I have small household pets I can't board- I have to bring them.
I guess I have to sell my little cottage, cuz I am not going to let these jerks kill my pets (i have worked in shelters-they are full). ANIMAL LIFE IS NOT DISPOSABLE. Me and my family and anyone else I can tell about this are going to BOYCOTT THE AGUA FRIA FESTIVAL, and any other town affair untill this horrible pet hater law is removed from the town law books. Who the hell do these people think they are!?!

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: mad as hell

Their is a bonafide write in candidate named Walt Statler.
Interesting that he was ignored for this article- he is listed on the town's website as a qualified write in candidate.
In the interest of fairness, this paper owes the man an interview.

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: Dewey Homeowner

Sounds just like a council meeting in Dewey-Humboldt
Misquotes, pointing fingers and nothing real said, maybe we can write in someone who can do something positive for the community for Mayor? Council?
Going backward isn't the answer for our town. From this article it looks like the Town loses-no matter which of these guys is the next Mayor and the next and the next

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