Shaffer Hopes To Promote Town, Improve Internet Access

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Sandra Shaffer plans to make positive change on Goshen Town Council with her background in business.

Shaffer has served in an interim capacity on Town Council since March following the departure of member Shirley Rorrer. Seeking a permanent seat in the upcoming special election, Shaffer told The News-Gazette she hopes to continue improvement efforts in Goshen.

Shaffer and her husband own and operate the Hummingbird Inn in Goshen, where they have resided since 2015. Shaffer’s business experience spans over 30 years in profit and loss management in the public and private sector in both technology and hospitality. She has served as president of the board of directors for The Actors Workshop, a nonprofit Theatre and School in Houston, Texas.

Using her business experience, Shaffer said she hopes to boost marketing and promotion efforts in Goshen.

“We are looking at redesigning the website,” she said of her marketing priorities on Council.

Organizing special events in Goshen is also a priority for Shaffer. Since her appointment in the spring, Shaffer said she was involved in the forming of an events committee that intends to draw more people to the Goshen community.

On other improvements to the town, Shaffer said getting residents access to high-speed internet is also a big priority.

“Many people don’t have reliable access other than at the library,” Shaffer explained.

Shaffer has been active in an effort in partnership with BARC Electric this year to get better internet access in Goshen since her appointment to Town Council. With the project paused as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shaffer said she is excited to see the project fully implemented soon.

“[Internet access] would make the town a little more lucrative to have those offerings,” she said of prospective property owners coming to Goshen.

Another effort Shaffer has backed is the clean-up of the Goshen community.

Shaffer told The News-Gazette she and her husband have been active in the effort since they began attending regular meetings in the past year. At first, the call for tidying up ruffled some feathers, Shaffer described.

“We’ve been embraced since then,” she said, adding the upkeep of residences and the community has really improved since the start of the effort.

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