Ward 2 can­di­date: Brent Stine­spring

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• Back­ground Brent Stine­spring came to North­west Arkansas in

2004, pur­chased prop­erty in town in 2007 and moved to Bella Vista in 2009. He started at Cooper El­e­men­tary when it first opened and he’s been teach­ing there ever since.

At the el­e­men­tary, Stine­spring said he formed the Learn Naturally com­mit­tee to help de­velop out­door learn­ing ar­eas. Work­ing to de­velop a trail sys­tem from the school to Blow­ing Springs led to his in­volve­ment with the POA joint ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee for recre­ation, which he chaired three years and helped de­velop the Blow­ing Springs trail sys­tem as well as a mas­ter trail plan draft.

Stine­spring said he’s taken lead­er­ship roles and worked with peo­ple and busi­nesses to get the Blow­ing Springs trails built and worked on de­signs for what would later be­come the Back 40 and the un­der-con­struc­tion 11 Un­der trails.

“I’m ex­pe­ri­enced and ef­fec­tive at work­ing with the agen­cies needed to achieve a com­mon goal,” he said.

He’s been a re­al­tor for eight years, he said, and that’s given him an

un­der­stand­ing of the hous­ing mar­ket, and part of his mo­ti­va­tion for run­ning was see­ing how much less Bella Vista’s prop­erty val­ues are ris­ing com­pared to neigh­bor­ing cities.

• On city coun­cil

A coun­cil mem­ber needs to rep­re­sent the pub­lic, Stine­spring said, and not sim­ply vote ac­cord­ing to their own in­ter­ests.

“When I vote as a city coun­cil mem­ber, I know my vote is ob­li­gated to rep­re­sent those who have

elected me,” he said.

Fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity is also im­por­tant, he said.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is some­thing Stine­spring said he would like to work on.

“I think we’re go­ing the right di­rec­tion right now,” he said.

• The is­sues

The big­gest chal­lenge, Stine­spring said, is reach­ing a con­sen­sus on how to achieve goals.

Stine­spring said his vi­sion for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has two parts. First is get­ting peo­ple in­ter­ested in com­ing to Bella Vista, he said, and sec­ond is en­sur­ing there are places — restau­rants and re­tail­ers

— where they can spend money.

Trails bring peo­ple into Bella Vista but the chal­lenge is fig­ur­ing out where com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment can be added, he said.

“I think we’re just kind of scratch­ing the sur­face,” he said.

Growth, he said, is go­ing to take close work with neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“I think traf­fic is prob­a­bly one of the big­gest is­sues,” he said.

Un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the Bella Vista by­pass and when it might be com­plete makes it dif­fi­cult to con­sider what should be done with the U.S. High­way 71 cor­ri­dor run­ning through

town, he said.

An­other chal­lenge, he said, is en­sur­ing the city’s au­thor­i­ties to work to­gether. There needs to be an un­der­stand­ing, he said, that what’s good for the city is good for the POA and vice versa.

Peo­ple mov­ing to Bella Vista, he said, helps the POA make more money and ex­pands the city’s tax base.

“I am en­thu­si­as­ti­cally op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of Bella Vista and ea­ger to help it be­come what I be­lieve it can be and what I be­lieve the peo­ple of BV would like to see it be­come,” Stine­spring said. “The po­ten­tial is just burst­ing.”


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