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Hochstrasser, Davis Seek Mayor’s Seat

By Staff | May 25, 2016

PADEN CITY – Clyde Hochstrasser is a mayoral candidate in the city’s municipal election on June 2.

“I am running for mayor because like everyone else that lives here I have a vested interest in this city and have made it my home and would like to see it prosper and grow,” he said.

Hochstrasser, 57, is married to Kathy Cecil. He is retired from Ormet and currently works as the maintenance director at the Sistersville Center. He is a member of First Christian Church of New Martinsville. Hochstrasser has a degree in welding, a 2-year certificate in programming and computers, and a one year certificate in Heating and Air conditioning. He also has a general contractors license and a Master Plumbers License.

Hochstrasser has served on city council, representing the Third Ward, between 2008 and 2010. He gave up his seat in 2011 to run for mayor. Hochstrasser was re-elected in 2015 as a member of council. During that time, he served on the Development Authority, the street committee, the police committee, and building and grounds.

Hochstrasser said during his time in office, he secured two grants for Park and Pool totaling $7,000. He is presently serving on council and is on the building committee, street committee and police committee.

During the past few months, residents have voiced concerns about the smell coming from the city’s sewer plant. If the problem does not resolve itself, Hochstrasser said he will do more to bring it under control.

“The smell coming from the sewer plant is the result of draining it and doing much needed repair to it,” Hochstrasser said. “It should be coming under control soon. If I see we don’t have the expertise to bring it under control I will recommend we call in an expert that can get it under control.”

Hochstrasser said the sewer plant’s smell is a big problem. Hochstrasser offers an open door approach if elected.

“I think first we have to get the sewage issue resolved, then I think communicating with the residents and being available to discuss their needs and ideas is very important,” he said.

In March, council dismissed whether to pursue studying whether it was feasible to obtain water meters. Most of city’s water customers do not have meters that measure how much water they use, but instead pay a flat rate of about $35 a month for water service.

“I am not in favor of water meters because it will raise every one’s water bill substantially,” Hochstrasser said. “I have talked to many residents about this and they don’t seem to want this. I believe in the flat rate for water. I know there are some people out there that say they don’t use much water, but under a water meter program every one’s water bills will increase.”

Recently, Paden City High School celebrated commencement ceremonies. Thirty-three graduates were presented with diplomas 100 percent graduation rate. Samuel Price, class president and valedictorian, noted the school’s long history. That said, the clock is ticking on the school’s future.

“Yes I am a strong advocate for keeping Paden City High School in town,” Hochstrasser said. “I was an advocate when they tried the last time. I made a speech to the School Board as to why it should remain in Paden City. I am very proud to have worked with the Paden City Alumni Association (Cornerstone Project) to save the school. The next battle I believe is slated for 2020, get ready for a fight.”

If elected, Hochstrasser said he wants to recruit business to the area.

“I will talk to companies to try to entice them here,” he said. “I will talk to people that may be thinking about starting a business and see if we can find a way to help them locate here.”

Hochstrasser said he will listen and work hard for the citizens.

“If elected I look forward to hearing your ideas and working to keep Paden City safe and solvent,” he said.

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Joel Davis is a candidate for mayor in the city’s municipal election that will be held June 2.

“I am running for mayor for a number of reasons; the foremost being the need to dissolve the disconnect between the citizens of Paden City and its elected officials,” he said. “As I have been talking with the citizens of Paden City, most say they don’t know what is going on in the town and with their city government; they want the council members and mayor to be more engaged with the community. City officials are elected to do the will of the people and do what is best for the city, but how do we know what the will of the people is if we aren’t engaging them and letting them know what’s going on in city hall? As mayor I want to bridge that gap.”

Davis, 41, who was elected as Second Ward councilman in 2014, serves a member of the Paden City Development Authority, Park and Pool Board, as well as the police, streets and finance committees. Davis is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout class of 92 and member of Order of the Arrow – the National Honor Society of the BSA. He has taken an active part in West Virginian’s Against Common Core and the Tyler County Meeting of Municipalities. He has as associates degree in applied science in radiological technology. Davis is an active member of the Paden City Church of the Nazarene where he helps with the sound and technology and serve on it’s committee.

Like many residents, Davis is concerned about the smell coming from the city’s sewer plant, but he is optimistic the situation can be resolved.

“The ‘smell’ is being dealt with properly,” he said. “Unfortunately, it takes time to get the system running at its optimal level after being totally drained and power washed. I have full confidence in our team and know they have sought the guidance of the state agencies throughout the entire process. If anyone has any questions or concerns, the employees at the sewer plant are more than happy to talk to you or you can contact me.”

Davis said he will work with law enforcement to address the city’s problems with include drug activity.

“I don’t believe there is just one big problem,” he said. “Besides the disconnect, there are many things that can be improved on, which will all work toward keeping Paden City a great place to live.

Just like every other town, we have a drug problem. I know our police force (each of whom live in Paden City) is dedicated to getting drugs off the streets. They have also been working with other local and state agencies to accomplish this.”

A few months ago, council was talking about the possibility of radio-read water meters. Council opted not to pursue new water meters, but the problems associated with an aging infrastructure remain. Davis does not support radio-read meters.

“As of right now I can say no, I am not, but I do not know what the future will bring,” he said. “We have an aging infrastructure and at sometime in the future it may need to be revamped/replaced. If that happens, we may have to go with meters in order to attain the grants or loans from the state to make the necessary improvements. The state has wanted us to put in meters for some time, but has yet to mandate it. The people of Paden City benefit from having some of the lowest water rates and I hope to be able to keep those rates as low as possible.”

Davis offers his thoughts on charging a flat rate for water.

“The only way to bill for amount used is to install meters,” he said. “A flat rate is much easier way to bill and tends to be easier on customers’ budgets. Over time the rate needs to be increased to compensate for rising costs to process the water.”

If elected, Davis hopes to attract business to town.

“As a current member of the Development Authority, I will continue to work closely with them to make Paden City attractive to new businesses,” he said. “Many factors are necessary to do this, such as: municipal rates, fees, schools, utilities, etc and our town’s are very comparable to the surrounding towns in all of these areas. Many times it is a matter of letting businesses know we are here and what we have to offer. I will do all I can to promote Paden City and work to make it welcoming to new businesses. I hope to work with council to come up with various incentives for businesses wanting to relocate or start up in our town.”

Paden City High School recently held its commencement ceremony 33 graduates turned their tassels. In a few short years, the Wetzel Board of Education will be evaluating the school’s future.

“Of course I will be a staunch advocate of Paden City High School!” Davis said. “I think our school is an imperative part of our community and is an integral part of Paden City. When people with a family are looking to relocate, a local school is usually top on the list of important deciding factors. In addition, the property values of towns with a school tend to be higher than those that don’t. But most of all, a town’s school is often the heart of it’s community. PCHS has graduated so many wonderful people that have become integral parts of society; I hope they will be able to continue to do so for many, many years to come.”

For more information about Davis’ campaign, citizens can visit his website at davisformayor.com or contact me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/Davis4Mayor.

“Let’s continue to make Paden City a great community together,” he said.