March 17th, 2017
By Jeff Brown
“Referring to his many years in law enforcement, including a term as Dover’s chief of police, Hosfelt said his main concern is public safety, which include supporting the county’s 911 center, and its paramedics and volunteer firefighters. He supported simplifying regulations dealing with agriculture, updating county infrastructure and increasing jobs.
“We need new and proactive ways of economic development, not just sitting back and waiting for it to come to us,” he said.
Supporting the county paramedic program is vital, Hosfelt noted, adding he considers state efforts to shift responsibility to the county as unwarranted.
The General Assembly required each county to have a paramedic system and in the beginning ensured it was fully funded. Over the years however, financial responsibility has slowly shifted toward the counties.
“We have to continue to support the paramedic program,” he said. “It’s an unfunded mandate if they force it back on us.”
Kreiner concurred, saying state mismanagement of its finances has caused the problem.
Hosfelt does not support the Victory Church’s efforts to build houses for the homeless on its county property.
“I’m not in favor of the tiny home village,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the right place, I don’t think it should be allowed.”
Hosfelt said Waddington’s office isn’t being given the money it needs.
“They have a budget basically to cover the salaries of those working in that position,” he said. “There’s no money there for economic development to be proactive.”
In his closing statement, Hosfelt said he supported efforts to improve county infrastructure; doing so might have prevented a recent accident that dumped untreated wastewater into the St. Jones River.