Tega Cay City Council candidates speak out

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comOctober 16, 2013 

  • See them debate The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Glennon Center in Tega Cay. A meet-and-greet starts the event, followed by the Council forum at 6:25 p.m. and the mayoral forum at 7:35 p.m. To submit questions for the candidates, email tegacayinfo@yorkcountychamber.com.

— Six candidates – three men, three women – are looking to fill two city council seats in Tega Cay. From community service to sewage flow, each candidate has a vision for what needs to be improved or continued beyond the Nov. 5 election.

Walt Krasinski moved to Tega Cay seven years ago to enjoy the weather and time with grandchildren, he said. He worked in IT for a bank for 35 years before retiring here. When he found out Councilman Stephen Perkins wasn’t running for re-election, Krasinski thought it an “opportunity to fill that void and to continue to keep Tega Cay progressing in the right direction.”

“I have attended 95 percent of the Tega Cay City Council meetings for the past five-and-a-half years and I have a good understanding of what it takes to make this city run,” he said.

Stopping sewage overflows in the city is a top goal, as are planning for new businesses, managing annexation and completing the Hubert Graham Parkway, he said. Krasinski wants high standards for Catawba Park, and to increase the city’s reserve funds while “eliminating as much debt as possible.”

David O’Neal retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years at the rank of Lt. Colonel. He has two children attending college now, and plenty of time to devote to Council, he said. He too lists recent sewage spills in Tega Cay as a top priority.

“Because I am a lakefront resident and recreational user of Lake Wylie and am fed up with the numerous sewage spills we have suffered through the year,” O’Neal said. “I want to devote my time and energy to fix this problem and feel I can do more as a council member than simply as a resident of Tega Cay.”

O’Neal isn’t “a fan of residential annexation” and believes the city’s image is diluted with projects progressively farther from its traditional boundaries.

“Tega Cay needs to focus on safety and recreation issues to maintain an exceptional quality of life for its residents,” he said. “I want to improve on what we have, not grow into areas where we do not belong.”

His experience ranges from advising foreign governments in a military capacity to serving as president and treasurer for his homeowners association.

Phillip Zima spent eight years on the city’s disbanded finance committee, including as chairman and vice chairman. That experience, both in public service and with finance, is what Zima believes sets him apart as a candidate.

“I want to see Tega Cay continue to grow and expand its tax base so that there is not a need for increased taxes,” he said. “We also need to annex prudently and wisely.”

Zima believes the city needs to work toward a paid fire department with a more centralized station, the resolution of sewage spills, completion of Catawba Park and ongoing traffic concerns.

“To help us get there we need to continue to prudently and wisely expand our tax base through development and annexation,” he said. “Make it easier for small, new businesses to come to our city.”

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