BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Mark Wilson is a lawyer who doesn’t like red-light cameras and is not convinced that you would get a fair hearing if you fought a ticket issued from one.
As a member of the GV city council, Wilson would work to find out what is most important to the citizens. He feels that the 2018 citizen’s survey was returned by only 22 percent of GV households because it failed to ask about what is fundamentally important to people. He feels like it mainly asked people to “please say that everything is perfect,” rather than provide an authentic opportunity to provide constructive criticism. He would change the survey to ask residents more substantive questions.
If elected, Wilson would work to maintain and enhance the high quality of life of GV residents. He feels there are opportunities being missed, such as encouraging the use of rain barrels for water conservation, as other cities are doing. He would also encourage the expanded use of solar energy as another way to focus on the environment.
While he views it as being safe, Wilson believes that GV doesn’t report crime statistics for comparison purposes in the way that other area municipalities do, and would do so to enhance transparency.
Wilson does not believe in big government, saying, “just because you can broaden your authority doesn’t mean you should,” a philosophy he has maintained while serving on the Orchard Hills/Big Canon HOA.
As a member of the city council, Wilson would favor only responsible growth that is high quality and what citizens want. He is not certain there will be any more residential development in GV because there isn’t available open land. Wilson believes it is important that all redevelopment be of high quality. He would encourage businesses to locate and stay in GV by incentivizing them if appropriate and being business-friendly. He would consider giving tax breaks in some circumstances. He believes he can help Greenwood Village residents by improving roads and working toward cycling congruency. Wilson says it is scary to ride a bike in GV because there aren’t enough bike lanes, especially on thoroughfares, and the ones that exist are not continuous. On the question of roads, he would look to traffic engineers for advice.
Mark Wilson is a native of Fort Collins who has lived in GV for five years. He is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Guard as a field artilleryman. He describes himself as a longtime community volunteer who wants to give back and plans to send his children to the Cherry Creek Schools when they are old enough.
Wilson is one of four candidates for two open city council seats representing GV district 3. The election is on November 5. Ballots will begin arriving in the mail on October 14.
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