Vidor: Mayoral candidates both experienced
With a soon-to-be-adopted zoning map, Vidor is ready for growth.
The City Council recently gave city staff the go-ahead to determine which parts of the city should have residential and commercial development — putting whoever is elected as the body’s highest ranking member in a position none have been before.
But the change will be one of the few things either candidate will have to learn as both have spent time in the city’s mayoral seat.
Ken Crawford served as the city’s mayor from 2011 to 2015 and said he “decided to throw my hat in there one more time” for this race.
Kimberly Steibig has served as current mayor since the beginning of the year when she was unanimously appointed after former mayor Robert Viator Jr. took his place as an Orange County commissioner.
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Crawford said he wants to look into purchasing a city trash removal truck specifically for residents’ larger items, such as tree limb and couches. His plan would have the truck visit a different part of the town each day so residents have the option for this sort of trash pick up once per week.
He also wants to see the city tweak mobile home ordinances to allow more within city limits. He believes this will entice more residents to move into the city and contribute to the city’s tax base.
Crawford said he would continue city initiatives to annex unincorporated areas, thereby promoting growth.
Steibig, who unsuccessfully ran for City Council last May because she wanted to get more involved with the community, says she’s the candidate for the job because the city wants to move forward instead of looking back.
She says the council has momentum she’d like to continue working with, especially when it comes to zoning and tearing down dilapidated homes.
Steibig said she’d like to see the city focus on recruiting businesses to locate along Interstate 10 in hopes the city will grow, a plan she says hasn’t seen pushback from city residents.
“They really want zoning because it allows for new businesses to come in,” she said.
Her other priorities include fixing streets, continuing a “pride and progress” beautification program that’s been improving the city’s aesthetic appeal and work with the Vidor Police Chief to make people “scared to commit crimes in Vidor.”