As Joe Herod finishes his first four-year term on the Craig City Council, he also is looking ahead to what the city can be in the future.
"Growth has always been a big issue. Some people want slow growth," he said. "As a City Council member, I can say that what we don't want is boom and bust growth. But you do want as much tax-base growth as you can get."
Herod is the only incumbent running for the City Council -- Mayor Don Jones also is seeking another term -- in the April 3 election.
He and four other candidates are vying for three council positions.
Herod said he expects oil and gas exploration in Northwest Colorado to be "huge" in the next few years.
"How we handle it is what's important," he said. "It takes all of us working together. We need all of the oil and gas development, but we can't just give it away."
Herod, 45, is married to his wife Lila, and the couple has two children. He is a Craig native and local business owner.
Herod commends the present city staff for making Craig operate smoothly.
"From the city manager down to the employees, it's the day-to-day efforts that make things work," he said. "We oversee the city, but the staff is who gets it done. The new water plant and working with Colorado State Parks on the Elkhead project, everyone has done a great job."
Herod also complimented the previous administration for the job they did in preparing the city for upcoming projects.
He looks to the future and working with the county on a new wastewater plant, and on projects including a new Wal-Mart, the relocation of The Memorial Hospital and additions to Colorado Northwestern Community College.
"Craig can get better. It's always becoming a better place to work and live," Herod said. "It's our job on City Council to make it happen."
Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.