Council candidate profile: Julie OhsSome consistency is important during a time of big change for the Woodbury City Council, Julie Ohs said.
Some consistency is important during a time of big change for the Woodbury City Council, Julie Ohs said.
Ohs is seeking a second four-year term on the council. She said her experience is an asset because Woodbury will have a new mayor and at least one new council member next year.
“I don’t have to learn about the issues,” she said. “I can go right to work.”
Local and regional development will increasingly affect Woodbury. Ohs said she supports continued growth in the city, and believes Woodbury must be a player in any regional efforts to boost economic development and job growth.
There is a similar dynamic with transportation, she said. The city needs to “get back on track” with its local street maintenance program, after funding was idled amid tight city budgets. Also, she said, Woodbury needs to remain active in the Gateway Corridor Commission that is exploring transit options for the eastern Twin Cities suburbs.
Ohs said the toughest decision she made in her first term was to oppose the SportsPlex, a private developer’s proposal to expand Bielenberg Sports Center. Ohs said despite enthusiasm for the project, rejecting it was the right decision for the city at the time, she said.
City officials have renewed discussions about the future of Bielenberg Sports Center. Ohs said the center’s most immediate need is replacement of the temporary field house.
If the city needs to reduce spending in coming years, Ohs said the first area she would look at is the vehicle fleet. Extending the life of city vehicles would save money, Ohs said, though she acknowledged the city already decided to keep vehicles longer than it used to.
“I haven’t heard from any citizens that we’re wasting money in any particular area,” she said.
Occupation: Realtor, Coldwell Banker Burnet
Family: Married, two adult daughters
Woodbury resident: 17 years
Civic involvement: Served on Economic Development Commission; founding member of the Woodbury Yellow Ribbon Network.