Stevenson gives back

GOLDFIELD – For many years, Tom Stevenson owned and operated Stevenson Insurance Services.

After he sold the business and retired, he knew he needed something to do and seized the opportunity to give back by running for and being elected to the Goldfield City Council.

In January 2013, he became the city’s mayor, after his predecessor, Rick Rasmussen, was elected to serve on the Wright County Board of Supervisors. He’s running unopposed in the Nov. 5 election for a two-year term in his own right.

Stevenson said he enjoys leading the community of approximately 600 residents.

“I like having something to do,” he said.

Maintaining Goldfield as a good town in which to live is a priority.

“This summer, we installed 18 new fire hydrants, and we made $130,000 in city street improvements,” he said.

Recently, Centurion Poultry Hatchery began operating on the east side of Goldfield.

“The property was annexed into the city limits, and the business uses city water and sewer,” said Stevenson. “We are happy to have the nearly 20 employees working here.”

A new project on which the community has embarked is a dam replacement project at its River Park, parallel to the Boone River in the northwest part of town.

“A committee of Goldfield residents began the efforts to reconstruct a series of graduated steps, which will make the river navigable for rafters and kayakers,” he said.

Grants, gifts by current and former residents, and pending grant applications are funding the project, he said.

“Our hope is to make the park a recreation destination,” said Stevenson. “The river will be able to be used by water sports enthusiasts from Renwick down to Webster City.”

He said the city works with no long-term bonded indebtedness.

“Goldfield has three full-time employees,” said Stevenson. “Our city clerk also has a part-time employee to fill in when needed. We have two city workers who wear a number of hats: water treatment, sewer work, taking care of streets, snow removal, mowing city parks.”

Besides serving as Goldfield’s mayor, a part-time position, Stevenson also drives school bus for the Clarion-Goldfield School District.

In his idle hours, Stevenson enjoys “trying” to golf at Oakridge Golf Course and being a member of the United Presbyterian Church.

“It is easy to be involved in towns this size,” he said.

After college, Stevenson worked in large insurance agencies and major cities. The work took his family from one coast to the other.

“My wife and I knew this wasn’t the way we wanted to raise our family,” he said. “We were happy to return to our Goldfield roots and have been here ever since. We like to walk the streets of town and be able to know everyone and be able to say ‘hi’ to all of our friends and neighbors.”