Name: Carl W. Gustafson
Occupation: Engineer/Project Manager – Oil & Gas – Midstream and Downstream Sectors
Campaign website or social media site:www.GustafsonforCityCouncil.com
Elected offices held (with years of service):A: NoneQ: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?A: Yes
ADDRESS:301 Tall Timbers Way – Friendswood, TX 77546
Q: Have you ever been charged or convicted of a felony crime? If you answer yes please explain.
Q: Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? If you answer yes, please explain.A: No, not personally.
EXPLAIN: While I have never been sued by nor have I ever personally sued a public entity; a company that my wife and I own and operate is involved in a suit against an entity known as the Five Corners Improvement District in SW Houston. The Five Corners Improvement District is a taxing authority that is supposed to provide services already provided by the city of Houston and Harris County. The District is funded through a tax on commercial property owners only. (Candidate’s answer exceeded word limit)
Q: Do you have any other debts (including unpaid taxes) to a public entity? If yes please explain.A: No, not personally.
EXPLAIN: I do not personally owe any debt to a public entity. The company that is party to the lawsuit against the Five Corners Improvement District did not pay the 2012 tax assessed by that district pending the result of the lawsuit mentioned in my answer above.
Q: Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book or your mobile number listed for the public to contact you directly?A: Yes
Q: Why should voters choose you? A:
I believe that my qualifications exceed those of my opponent. I have a college education. I have been actively involved in the community both here and other places I have lived over the past 30 years as a youth sports coach and team sponsor. I am forward thinking and analytical. I wish to see Friendswood remain a safe and family orientated community. I am fiscally conservative. I am an advocate for children and a strong proponent of adoption. I have a strong set of career experiences well-suited to serving as a City Councilman. Because of these experiences, I will know what questions to ask when evaluating city projects. (Candidate’s answer exceeded word limit)
Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?A:
Education – Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA
Credentials – Licensed Professional Engineer – State of Texas Lic. # 95689 – Mechanical and Chemical Engineering – Licensed by exam, passed first attempt
Professional Experience –25+ years Oil & Gas Experience – Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream as a Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Consultant, and Technical Expert with Operating Companies, Engineering Firms, Service Companies, and Equipment Vendors
Skill Set - Leader
Knowledge of Infrastructure and Project Execution
Experience Dealing with Competing Agendas and Limited Resources
Attention to Detail
Fact Based Decision Maker
Business Owner/Job Creator - Gustafson Industrial Concerns, LLC
Q: What are the issues in this campaign?A:
Qualifications of the Candidates
Wight Lawsuit Related to the Alvin Ball Fields
Economic Development and Long Term Planning for Build-Out Q: What is your platform on those issues?A:
Focus at this time should be on street repair/maintenance
My qualifications are better suited to service on City Council than those of my opponent
In my opinion, the Wight Lawsuit related to the Alvin Ball Fields has been the most contentious and divisive issue our city has faced in recent memory. I would like to see the issue resolved through a negotiated settlement so that we can put it behind us and allow the healing process to begin.
A target build-out population of 50,000 residents has been identified as ideal for a variety of compelling reasons. (Candidate’s answer exceeded word limit)
Q: What does the city need to do to increase business development along its main corridors?A:
With citizen input, I believe that we should identify the types of businesses that we would like to have join our community, activity seek them out, and pair them with local landowners that are interested in developing their property. I will often ask fellow residents what types of businesses they would like to see move to Friendswood. Additional restaurants are frequently mentioned. A high school student recently suggested a Chick-Fil-A as a fast food option. Other responses include a Whole Foods Market and a 24 hour pharmacy. Short term tax abatements are another idea to assist smaller retail businesses with getting established.
Q: How would you rate the city's dedication of resources to infrastructure: Poor, fair, about right or excellent? Why do you rate it that way?A:
I generally believe that the dedication of available resources by city staff to particular issues is excellent. In speaking with citizens around the city, I am frequently told that city staff response to complaints/call-ins has been very good, particularly with regard to water, sewer, streets, and drainage. I do have some concerns however, with regards to whether our city staff has all of the resources and personnel they need to address maintenance issues related to facilities and infrastructure.
Q: What resources should be dedicated to help curb crime, especially from those outside the city?A: Friendswood was recently recognized by Neighborhood Scout as the 20th safest city in the United States with a population over 25,000 and the safest city in the Houston metropolitan area. I would say we are doing pretty well and our police department should be recognized for their efforts to make this a reality for Friendswood. My recommendation would be to continue as we are but continue to be vigilant as trends in crime can and do change. Should this occur we should adjust resources and personnel as determined by our police department.