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FIRESTONE — Samantha Meiring says she is running for the town board of trustees to do her part to help decide how to manage future growth in the area.
“I want to be a trustee in order to represent the residents of Firestone. I will help guide the discussions to make decisions in a responsible manner,” Meiring said. “Decisions need to make sense for the entire town, not just small sections of it.”
Meiring has been a resident of Firestone for 12 years, and in that time she said she’s seen the town go through numerous changes.
“When we moved to Firestone, there were a little over 4,000 residents. Now there are close to 11,000,” Meiring said. “We are one of the fastest-growing towns in the country, and I have seen the new challenges that come with that growth.”
Meiring is a data manager for an HIV/ AIDS education program through University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She said, if elected, her professional experience would help inform her service on the board.
“Database managers have to have very strong attention to the detail. And I think I’m an asset when it comes to dealing with policies and budgets and all the other number of intricate documents and details that trustees would need to be dealing with,”I just have a passion for making sure that things are run well, things are finished when they get started, projects that are promised actually happen — that sort of thing.”
Meiring views Firestone as an ideal spot for different types of companies to open or relocate.
“We need to rejuvenate Historic Firestone, complete half-finished projects, and attract a greater variety of business to the area,” Meiring said. “We have a prime location for many industries and we need to get the word out that Firestone is the place for them to be — a great community with a strong and growing workforce.”
But expanded the town just for the sake of expansion isn’t ideal either, she said.
“Obviously, if something good fits for the town, by all means we should do that,” Meiring said. “I know that some residents have expressed to me that they are frustrated with projects that were started and never actually fully completed.”
Meiring points to the Firestone Regional Sports Complex, at 6850 Tilbury Ave., as an example of such a project.
“Beautiful ballpark, but the parking lot is mud, and when it rains, it’s a pain,” Meiring said. “When they built the ballpark, were there no plans to actually finish the parking area? Projects are kind of half done and never quite completed.”
Meiring said development should be balanced for the entire town.
“A lot of the development that is happening now is happening in the north part of town, which is great, but I think that the southern part of town is being a little bit neglected because of that,” Meiring said. “And I’d like to see development of a downtown area. Firestone doesn’t really have a downtown area, and a lot of our neighboring towns do. And it seems to bring a lot of retail businesses, restaurant businesses and a variety of other benefits to the town.”
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