Name: Larry Brunetti

Age: 50

Political Affiliation: Democrat

Hometown: Frontenac

Political Experience: Two years as a Frontenac City Councilman

Name: Larry Brunetti
Age: 50
Political Affiliation: Democrat
Hometown: Frontenac
Political Experience: Two years as a Frontenac City Councilman

1. What are your thoughts on county’s budget and what specific changes would you support?

If elected, I plan to address the county budget in several different ways. First, because the vast majority of the county budget goes toward payroll, this is where I would start. I myself will not accept a raise in my pay during my four-year term as commissioner. Also, anyone making over $45,000 a year, I believe should have a cap put on their wages for the time being. Secondly, I would pay off the county road bonds as quickly as possible, because the county currently is paying between $200,000 and $225,000 a year in interest. Also, I believe it would be beneficial for the county to have an employee to oversee the landfill to make sure we are getting our tipping fee money. Last but certainly not least, I feel the county needs to hire a county manager to run day-to-day operations of the county, and to make sure we don’t sign bad contracts such as the one mentioned above. If done correctly, a new contract in five years could be a potential windfall for the county of several million dollars a year. Also, a county manager would work with the commissioners, Pittsburg State University, Blake Benson of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, and other entities to bring economic development to this area, something we are desperately in need of.

2. Crawford County Commissioners are responsible for overseeing the county’s Road and Bridge crews. Would you support any change to the current structure. If so, why and if not, why not?

I would support a change to the current structure of county commissioners overseeing the county’s road and bridge crews. I’m in favor of hiring an engineer who is a professional in the field to take over this 3 to 3 1/2 million dollar a year department and budget. Because the county needs to take politics out of this department and make it one cohesive operating unit who answers to an engineer, and not three separate individuals commissioners. This will streamline the department and save the county money in equipment and manpower.

3. Would you support a 3 percent deference to local companies on bid process?

Currently the county does have a bid policy but sometimes on big ticket purchases, like county mowers, brushhogs, semi-trucks and trailers, they have failed to follow it. No bids or specs were let out for this equipment and in one instance a used trailer had to be returned to the seller because the I.D. numbers didn’t match. So first of all, the county needs to develop a new and stringent bid process to make sure this never happens again. After the county develops a new bid process, I would be in favor of taking local companies bid if they came within 3 percent of the lowest bidder’s price, but only to a certain monetary amount. After a certain dollar amount it would revert back to the lowest bidder even if it were an out-of-town company. The reason is because as a commissioner my job is to save the taxpayers money while at the same time try to keep our tax dollars spent locally. I believe this process would address both of these issues while keeping a good balance.