Julie Masters is passionate about her family, her faith and the city of Dickinson. No one knows this better than me, her husband. I have seen Julie work countless hours on projects and grants, we have postponed or canceled vacations for city or civic commitments, and I have witnessed her many sleepless nights over things that affect the city and the citizens of this community. She does all of this, for no pay or stipend of any kind, other than a true passion for bettering this community and the lives of its citizens.
What would drive or motivate someone that has lived here for only a year or so, and to expend so much time, energy and money to become mayor? Joe Wilburn wrote a lengthy column about the wonderful changes he is going to bring to Dickinson (“Why I’m running for Dickinson mayor,” The Daily News, May 3). I have heard from reliable sources that he wants to make the city manager’s life miserable and ultimately fire her due to some complaint he has over what? Business practices, policy enforcement, personality? Do citizens want someone representing the city that can’t work out a disagreement with a city manager, and the only alternative, in his mind, is to fire her or put an 8x8 sign in his yard stating “Fire the City Administrator.” My wife won’t bring any negativity into her campaign — but I’m not making this up, it really happened.
For whatever reason, he is supported in his campaign and car wash venture by four of his newly found friends, city council members, who have, let’s just say, a rather questionable interest in Wilburn and his carwash. Wilburn mentioned the city’s Comprehensive Plan in his column: “let’s take that plan and start to implement it.” Yet the approved car wash goes against the Land Use Chapter, Goal 2.2 of the Plan, “Preserve the integrity of existing neighborhoods to ensure quality residential areas. Objective 2.2.1 Protect existing and future residential development from encroaching or adjacent incompatible lands uses.”
Julie pointed this out to council, along with little economic benefit to the city, and that citizens had five other opportunities in the immediate vicinity to get their car washed. All these factors in addition to the strong opposition of the neighboring homeowners, yet the project was approved. Wilburn has purchased additional property along Dickinson Bayou. Will the majority of councilmen continue to approve unwanted projects that conflict with the plan adopted by council if Wilburn is elected?
In the same column, Wilburn mentions streets and speeding up plans to improve them. Is there a tax increase or a bond referendum in the city’s future under Wilburn’s leadership? The city is using all available funding to get as many streets reconstructed or resurfaced as fiscally possible without putting an additional tax burden on citizens. I hope citizens will recognize the positive growth happening here and vote to keep the city’s future in the hands of someone that truly cares about our hometown.