The following interview with Jack Lenzen took place on July/16/2014. Sanityandsense.com provides this information as a public service for all DeBary residents.
#1) Would you please state your background.
Ans. ” I am 54 years old and have been married for 31 years. I was born in Orlando, Florida, and grew up in Casselberry, Fl. Our family has lived in DeBary for 18 years.
” I have one son, age 25, who is a civil engineer and lives in DeBary. I also have a daughter, age 22, who is finishing her education. I am the owner and CEO of Lentec Machining, Inc. Our corporation, located in Sanford, Florida, makes parts out of metal using a high technology process called computer controlled machinery.
#2) What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness that you bring to the office of Mayor?
” My greatest strength is that I have many years of community involvement and by using my common sense, I find it easy to work with people.
” My greatest weakness is that I do not like to campaign and I do not like to ask for political contributions. ”
#3) As of this date, how much money have you collected and how much money have you spent?
Ans. ” I have collected $ 1,600.00 and have spent $ 650.00 so far. ”
#4) What issue do you believe is the most important issue for DeBary and why is it important?
Ans. ” It is extremely important to update and modernize the equipment for both the police and fire departments. We can easily do this without raising taxes. ”
#5) Would you discuss the issue of gambling? Ans. ” I preferred the card room to the low income housing when I was on the DeBary Council. I do not gamble and I am not pro-gambling. If the issue ever comes before the Council again, I have an open mind and must wait until I understand all of the facts and listen to our citizens.”
#6) Would you discuss taxation? Ans. ” During my six years on the DeBary Council, I voted once to raise taxes to address the serious problem with flooding. At the present time, I do not see a need to increase taxes or the millage rate. ”
#7) Would you discuss growth and development in DeBary? Ans. ” I support smart growth. DeBary has approximately 19,000 residents and I project that our city will be built out at about 24,000 residents. Whenever a building applicant comes before the city council and asks for a variance, that is a red flag to me and always causes me to do much additional analysis. ”
#8) Are there any sections of the city budget that you believe should be decreased if you are elected? Ans. ” No. ”
#9) Are there any sections of the city budget that you believe should be increased if you are elected? Ans. ” Our city has debt (loans) that must be paid off. If possible, I would like to pay the principal loan off or pay down the loan to improve our financial position. ”
#10) Please rate City Manager Dan Parrott on a scale from 1 to 10 with one as the lowest and ten the highest. Ans. ” 8 ”
#11) Should DeBary have our own fire department? Ans. ” Not at this time. Our joint agreement with Orange City is working out very well. ”
#12) Should all DeBary residents have county water? Ans. ” Our city entered into an agreement with a developer that he would pay to bring county water to the boundary of his development. Regions of DeBary that do not have access to county water could ask the Council to apply for access if they are willing to pay the needed monies for the project. ”
#13) If the U.S. has another serious economic recession/depression like 2008, what will you do to fund the revenue shortage? Ans. ” I will do exactly what I did before when I was on the Council. I will vote to cut spending until our city budget is in compliance with state requirements. ”
#14) Would you please make any additional comments that you believe need to be discussed. Ans. ” My involvement in our community is extensive. I was a little league coach for over four years. I have been a volunteer in our river clean-up programs for years. Also, I have been an advocate for quality public education and I have supported the DeBary Elementary school as a volunteer. Also, I have served on our ‘ Streetscape Committee. ‘
” I have been a member of the Charter Review Committee. I served on the code enforcement board. Also, I served our citizens as a DeBary representative on the Volusia Transportation Planning Organization. I served on the Metropolitian Planning Alliance, sometimes called the MPO. I served on the Volusia Growth Management Commission, often called the VGMC.
” I served two terms on the DeBary City Council. Also, I was the vice-Mayor of DeBary.
” I thank Sanityandsense.com for their time and would like to encourage DeBary voters to vote for Jack Lenzen on August 26, 2014. ”
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s note: Jack Lenzen is one of three candidates seeking the office of Mayor in DeBary on August 26, 2014. This website plans to present all Mayoral candidates the opportunity to present their views. )