Bosold wants focus on sustainability
Patrick Bosold is one of four candidates running for an at-large Fairfield City Council seat.
Bosold has been a Fairfield resident since 1985. He is interested in serving on the city council to support continuing the city’s sustainability, including creating jobs.
“The city has done an excellent job of promoting and advancing energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainability initiatives of many kinds in the past 10 to 15 years,” he said. “I want to do what I can to support and expand all of these programs.
“I also want to do what I can to support economic development along the lines of Buy Fresh, Buy Local and Hometown Harvest, and other programs that build local self-sufficiency and resiliency while also creating good-paying jobs that will last into the future and that will attract and retain young people and young families,” said Bosold.
His qualifications include involvement with the Leopold Group and the local chapter of the Sierra Club, since 2000.
“I’ve made a lifetime study of what can be done at local, regional, national and global levels to create and maintain sustainable energy, housing and transportation, and to develop and maintain lifestyles that minimize demand for natural resources,” he said.
He acknowledges the city has challenges.
Like all governments, Fairfield faces many demands for city government services with tight budgets, he said.
“As a community, we need to pull together and understand that when it comes to the basic infrastructure required to maintain a decent quality of life, we’re going to get what we pay for,” said Bosold.
“If we want high-quality recreational resources, water, local parks, roadways and sustainable basic infrastructure as well as a healthy range of quality-of-life amenities, we need to be willing to pay for them, whether it be through appropriate levels of taxation, fees or other revenue-generating programs,” he said.
“If we’re sufficiently smart and creative about how we allocate and share resources and how we provide for the common welfare while respecting individual rights, we can make it work.”
Bosold suggests looking carefully at innovative, science-based, field-tested and proven green infrastructure approaches to effectively manage wastewater and storm water.
“Green infrastructure solutions can last longer and reduce costs for water, wastewater and storm water management and energy while also improving air, water and soil quality,” he said. “Green solutions can be 30 percent to 60 percent less expensive than conventional solutions.”
Bosold suggests using resources such as the local Sierra Club’s Water Quality team to identify and evaluate solutions.
He agrees the city needs to continue work to bring the wastewater and storm water infrastructure into the 21st century.
The issues Bosold is most interested in include:
• Put renewable energy systems on all public buildings.
• Work toward energy self-sufficiency for the entire city – public, commercial, industrial and residential. Look for opportunities to work with experienced renewable energy experts on plans such as Power Purchase Agreements, especially if such plans are already being implemented in the area and the city can move into them easily.
• Support completion of projects like the city orchard near Chautauqua Park, and look for opportunities to do more – such as tree planting all around the city and along the Jefferson County trail, a children’s garden in the orchard and community gardens, etc.
• Support the plan for converting the Nady land north of Bonnifield Lake to passive recreation and prairie grasses and flowers. As part of this project, or as a separate project, restore the 23-plus acres of native prairie around Bonnifield Lake and along B Street.
• Support an annual backyard conservation program that supports planting trees, starting and maintaining food gardens and flower gardens, landscaping to reduce storm water runoff and attract more wildlife and pollinators such as bees and butterflies, etc.
• Support wider implementation of composting around the city.
• Include the city beach in the funding for a new outdoor pool and recreation center. Recent estimates indicate that up to 1,000 people use the beach during the swimming season. He said it deserves an adequate budget and a facilities upgrade, including a new bathhouse.
• Support efforts of Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development, Hometown Harvest and Buy Fresh Buy Local programs and make them a main focus for future economic development in conjunction with the Fairfield Economic Development Association and Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association.
• Work with local, state and national government agencies, granting foundations and other funding sources and support to keep the local economy robust and resilient, and provide more good paying jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities to attract and keep young people and young families in Fairfield.