Carol Fey has lived in Littleton for 30 years. She is retired from Honeywell as a technical sales manager, and operates Carol Fey & Associates, which publishes how-to books for contractors. She holds two master’s degrees, in English and industrial technology, from Bowling Green State University.
Campaign website: carolfey4littleton.com
Why do you want to serve on the Littleton City Council?
Citizens deserve a voice in government because they pay the bills. Existing council has made of point of not listening to citizens.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?
Follow the law, and that includes zoning law. Littleton has been governed by exceptions and exemptions—at the whim of council members and staff. The result is that neither citizens nor developers know what to expect, and we needlessly get pitted against each other. If zoning needs to be revised, then do the work to revise it rather than skirting around it.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
According to the city of Littleton, population distribution among adult age groups is even. That seems appropriate and indicates to me that city government intervention isn’t called for. Littleton’s published report shows the following breakdown of adult age demographics: Age 25-35: 12 percent, age 35-44: 12 percent, age 45-54: 14 percent, age 55-64: 15 percent, age 65-74: 9 percent, age 75-84: 6 percent, age 85-plus: 3 percent. The city’s projections for 2020 are similar.
What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Littleton?
Plan, plan, plan. Make sure no development happens without the developer paying in advance for the required traffic infrastructure improvements (roadbed improvement, road widening, traffic signals, etc.).
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
Evaluate and if necessary update zoning; and rewrite the city comprehensive plan with extensive citizen involvement.