COUNCILMAN ROBERT BRILEY

COUNCILMAN ROBERT BRILEY

What doyou feel like is your greatest accomplishment as a public servant? Having a public servant’s heart! In any business, church, non profit or serving the public, individualaccomplishments are not important, instead the accomplishments of all thepeople working together as a TEAM!!! In accomplishing a task, we need avision, a plan, people and Teamwork! We need secretaries, workers,leaders & support from all family members of the Team. You will not findany “I” in TEAMWORK. While serving on the City Council, My #1Priority has been to “Listen to the People”! As a CityCouncilman, I have always had an “Open Door” for All of the People!What doyou feel like is the greatest challenge facing the city of Abilene, and whatwould you do to solve it? Our Biggest Need Today is Water! We need Water for Our Future and We Need More Water for Today!a). I have always voted as a City Councilman for the past six years forthe Cedar Ridge Reservoir Project. Cedar Ridge Reservoir is our WaterSupply for our Future! If elected mayor, I will include Former MayorArchibald on the Cedar Ridge Reservoir Project! As a Small BusinessOwner, my goal is to accomplish our City’s Goals and this can best be done byusing all of our City’s Assets – “Our People”!b). Also, we need to work with our neighboring cities like Midland andSan Angelo on other Water Opportunities. The West Texas Water Partnershipof Abilene, Midland & San Angelo gives us an opportunity to work togetherfor the Future of West Texas! c). Today, the drought has our lakes at all time lows. Lake Ft.Phantom is only 45% of capacity, Lake Hubbard Creek Lake is only 25% ofCapacity and Lake Ivie is only 14% of Capacity. In April 2013, theengineers for the City of Abilene projected Lake Ivie to stopselling water to Abilene sometime in 2014.d). In August or September of this year, all Abilenians will beallowed to water only once every two weeks! {{more}}e). I will continue to work for our “Water Needs ForToday”! We need to get water from Possum Kingdom Lake. We havehad an Interlocal Agreement with the Brazos River Authority for a net of 13Million Gallons a day of Treated Water. There are pipelines south ofBreckenridge from Possum Kingdom Lake. I will work to get the water fromPossum Kingdom to our pipelines near Lake Hubbard Creek and then to Abilene toSolve Our Water Shortages! Sometimesthe citizens have a cynical attitude when it comes to elected officials. Theattitude is a we vs. them attitude. Whatare you doing or what will you do to foster an environment where every citizenfeels important? It is the Responsibility of Governmentto Communicate with the People. The People are reasonable! Peopleknow if you are sincerely interested in their Future. The People know ifthere is equality of representation within the City of Abilene. ThePeople know if there is “Special Interest” causing a lack of balanceof City Improvements in the many different neighborhoods.My #1 Priority is to “Listen To The People” and have diversity on ourboards, commissions and committees. We have 117,063 assets in theresidents of our great City of Abilene. I plan to “Open TheDoor” to “All Of The People” even if they are Cranky! How doyou believe the citizens of Abilene can help make this a better community? The residents of Abilene are “ReadyRight Now”! What needs to be done is to ask them to be on theTEAM! Once I am elected mayor, I will reachout to all 117,063 residents for New Ideas & Community Needs. Already, I have asked for names of people interested in serving on Boards,Commission and Committees. Together As A Community – We Can MakeAbilene A Better Place To Live! What makeyou uniquely qualified for the job of Mayor?First, I grew up in Abilene going toFair Park Elementary , Jane Long Elementary , Mann JuniorHigh and Abilene High School. My children attend Abilene WylieSchools. I own a business and real estate on the northside and thesouthside of Abilene. I UNDERSTAND ABILENE from childhood until today! I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Government andattended the same City Government Classes with our city manager, Larry Gilley. I have served on the Abilene City Council for 6Years. I have owned and operated my small business for 33 years. Istarted my business with $1,500 and a friend as the investor. The City isa Business and I am a Successful Business Owner. I have served on my Industry’s National & State Association Board ofDirectors and as the President of both organizations. I have 20 years ofextensive experience in Washington D.C. and Austin working with Congressman onlegislative issues. These relationships have helped me as I have workedon Water Issues for the City of Abilene. If youcould have dinner with anyone from the past or currently living, who would itbe and why?I would want to have dinner with my latematernal grandfather O.H. Hudson from Lawn, Texas. . In 1981, my grandfather thought”I had lost my mind” when I resigned from my management job atWestern Marketing, Inc. and started my own business. I was making $50,000a year and I took a pay-cut of $20,000 to $30,000 per year to start mybusiness. It would be fun for him to see our 8 Aaron’s stores and talkabout the difference between City Government in a Small Community like Lawn anda larger Community like Abilene. He always had a great business mind& enjoyed giving back to the community. Tell us alittle about your family, hobbies, etc. Lou and I married in 1976 and moved intothe Three Fountains Apartments off of Buffalo Gap Road. We have two boysZach age 36 and Parker age 33. Zach is in the Hall of Honor at Wylie ISDand Parker graduated from Texas A&M with honors and was the Co-Captain ofthe Mens Golf Team in 2004. We are blessed with one grandson, Preston age13. We attend sporting events at Wylie, Abilene High, Cooper High, ACU, HSU& McMurry. Also, we are Dallas Cowboys and Texas Ranger fans. We enjoy the arts in Abilene especially the Broadway Productions. We are active members of First Baptist Church and we enjoy our full orchestra,organ, piano and excellent choir. I have worked with the kindergarden thru 5th grade children for over 26years. I bring 8 dozen donuts to their classes every week. I amknown as the “Donut Man”.