Rich Prentice has served 24 years on the Spencer City Council – and he’s hopeful voters will grant him four more tomorrow.
Prentice is vying for another term as an at-large councilman. He is the longest-serving member of the current council.
“There’s things that the city’s doing and I’d like to see them completed,” said Prentice, who has lived in Spencer for 51 years and worked in town for 44 of those years.
Prentice pointed to a city program that helps homeowners who cannot afford needed repairs to their homes as one program he’d like to promote moving forward.
“We have our residential housing renovation initiative where people can apply for a low interest loan where if they own the house and live in the house for 10 more years, we forgive the loan,” Prentice said. “There’s a process for people to obtain that.”
He added that Spencer needs to continue its focus on affordable housing in general.
“We’ve built a lot of new housing lately,” Prentice said. “With Stoneybrook, IGL development and Windcrest, we’ve added over 130 new housing units.”
His other top priority if elected would be to find ways to keep young people in Spencer.
“I think part of that is getting the residential neighborhoods cleaned up,” Prentice said. “Maybe they’ll want to stay here if it looks appealing to them.”
But he said young people need more to do, too.
“We have to have more options for our young people to keep them here,” Prentice said.
Prentice is being challenged by Loren Reit for the at-large council position.