Clark Hampe promises dedication to public safety, transportation issues if elected to Tyler City Council District 6

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Clark Hampe said he would focus on public safety and infrastructure if elected by District 6 voters as their representative on the Tyler City Council.

He also promises accessibility.

Hampe, a Tyler-native, moved away for college, and started his early career in Fort Worth. He returned to Tyler in 2010.

"I love this town, and that's why we moved back …" he said. That's primarily the reason I've chosen to run for City Council I want to serve the residents of this city, and I believe that is the best way to do it."

He opposes he city's plan to consolidate fire stations No. 1 and 4 to put staffing at a new station in the Cumberland Gap area. That station would be funded through half-cent sales tax dollars.

City officials said the move would be the best allocation of the city's existing resources. Hampe said the move could affect response times.

"The city is basing timed responses on circles on a map," he said. "That doesn't take into affect actual travel time to get there. We all know the roads in Tyler are all extremely congested. We need to look at the actual time it takes to get there."

Hampe said public safety should be weighed higher in the half-cent sales tax ranking algorithm for considering projects.

"I believe government exists to protect the lives and safety of its residents," he said. "That's the utmost priority. … "When it comes to capital improvements, I think we should more heavily weigh public safety and transportation."

He said ride-booking apps like Uber and Lyft should also be closely evaluated before implemented in the city. He said the city would likely attract UberX, which is the lowest quality offered by the company.

"I've had some good and bad experiences with Uber, and I can't say for sure when I have had a good ride experience in UberX. You can't control the driver or quality of the car," he said, adding he would follow the will of the taxpayers on the issue. "I believe we are going to get a better ride experience using the cabs we have now and the black car service we have now."

He said Tyler should also evaluate ways to become less dependent on sales tax revenue, which accounts for 43 percent of the current operating budget. He also is opposed to raising taxes.

He supports a development tax on new businesses opening in the city.

"If you do business in this city and you will create retail opportunities and restaurant opportunities, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask the developers to help share in the cost of subsidizing important services like fire and police."

Hampe also wants to look at measures to improve traffic on Broadway Avenue.

"We know there is a traffic problem, and we need to look at solutions to improve them - overpasses, HOV lanes and improved synchronization of lights."

Hampe said the city shouldn't be spearheading the Mayor's Innovation Pipeline project, which will include mentoring meeting space and a makerspace and workshop.

"I think it's a program with good intentions, but I don't necessarily agree that spending any amount of taxpayer money to foster concepts like entrepreneurship, business growth and leadership, which usually occur naturally in the private sector, is something that our municipal government should be involved in," he said.

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