Fort Worth's City Council District 4 candidates - incumbent Councilman Danny Scarth and challenger Paul Gardner - had a busy evening, starting with the Riverside Alliance forum and then moving onto a gathering in Woodhaven.
The race has been a collegial one heading into the May 11 election. Some notes from tonight's Riverside Alliance forum:
Scarth, a video company owner, on the relationships he's built since becoming the East/Northeast/far North representative in 2006: "It does broaden the reach of our representation."
Gardner, a remodeling company owner and Porsche salesman who lives in the far North portion of the district, on what he and his wife want for their two young sons: "We're going to stay here. We want to stay here. We want to make Fort Worth the best Fort Worth we can."
Answering an audience question on why the city is paying a consultant to assess the feasibility of privatizing parts of Fort Worth's water department when officials already agree the water department is performing at a high level:
"Can we do it with a little less money and save some?" Scarth said. "It's hard to tell that without spending some money."
Gardner agreed, saying paying a consultant would bring the city unbiased perspective.
Answering an audience question on the best ways to keep gas drilling operations far away from homes:
Scarth said gas drilling in the city is safe, as are the standards the city maintains.
Gardner said this is the biggest topic of concern he's encountered in talking to voters. "I'm not anti-drllling or anti-gas," he said. Gardner suggested better communication among the city, industry and neighborhoods would help the city deal with controversies over drilling. "A lot of it has to do with using the tools that are already readily available," he said.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter