CENTREVILLE — Dale Becraft has announced his run for a seat on the Centreville Town Council. A resident of Centreville for the past 14 years, Becraft is married to Lori Lynn and is the father of five children.
“I am running for Town Council to utilize the knowledge that I have gained over my career to make a difference for the citizens of Centreville,” said Becraft, who has 35 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator and 10 years as president and CEO of a 501(c)3 corporation.
“My position is straightforward: wherever taxes and rates penalize thrift or discourage investment, or hinder business develop(ment), they must be lowered. Wherever current provisions of the town codes are disincentives for smart economic growth, they must be changed. I believe in being particularly mindful of the burdens on families with children and the impact on an aging population,” he said.
In regards to town taxes and water and sewer rates, Becraft said he will welcome all the residents of the Town of Centreville to the table, “to discuss, debate, challenge and amend — so that together we can establish what is in the best interests of the town, as an entirety.”
A focus on the continued development of the downtown business area, with safe and appropriate business endeavors, is a priority Becraft said, in addition to developing an action plan around local food and health.
Becraft said he envisions using empty building space and working in cooperation with the county health department, as well as the EPA, to develop a health and wellness center to provide nutrition education and physical activity classes for residents at a low cost.
He also has an interest in providing for classes on local history with walking tours of the downtown, historical sites; and working to maintain and expand the downtown farmers market, where residents can buy healthy, local food, while increasing exposure to the downtown area with its restaurants and shops.
Among other items on his platform, Becraft said he wants to pursue fiscal responsibility, preservation and development of the historical assets of Centreville, ensuring safe neighborhoods, maintaining and improving the town infrastructure — to include competitive bidding of projects, development of recreational opportunities, and a festival similar to Denton’s Summerfest.
“Once the new council is seated, there must be establishment of clear goals and a community-developed action plan,” Becraft said.