Two Woodbury City Council members to run for third termsAmy Scoggins and Paul Rebholz have both been on the council for two four-year terms. Their seats are up for election in November. The two said they plan to file for election when the filing period opens Tuesday, July 31.
By: Riham Feshir, Woodbury Bulletin
Two members of the Woodbury City Council plan to run for re-election this year.
Amy Scoggins and Paul Rebholz have both been on the council for two four-year terms. Their seats are up for election in November.
Scoggins and Rebholz plan to file for election when the filing period opens Tuesday, July 31.
The two were involved in the planning of the city’s growth and have done extensive work on the Comprehensive Plan over the past eight years.
The day Scoggins discussed her plans to file for re-election was one of the hot days Woodbury saw last week, which prompted a discussion regarding a community pool or an outdoor water park in the city.
“In our community surveys, every year the support for a community pool goes up a little bit,” she said. “If it got to where a referendum could actually pass, then maybe we would consider it.”
Personally, Scoggins is in favor of a pool, but she said opening one would require either a public vote or some type of a private partnership.
“I don’t know of anything that’s on the horizon,” Scoggins said. “But I can dream about it anyway.”
The council member plans to continue her involvement in the city by running for a third term this year.
Scoggins had been living in Woodbury for about four years before she decided to run for council eight years ago.
She said she wasn’t aware of the deep, behind-the-scenes work that the average resident wouldn’t know about.
During her tenure, she’s learned a lot about local government, budgeting and planning, she said.
“I think I’ve done a good job and I think we have a good council,” she said. “But I also think if people decide to run against me and I don’t win, I would be OK with that.”
Although Scoggins encourages Woodbury residents to get involved, she hopes to win another term that will give her the chance to continue working on what the current council started.
“I’m very excited about the hopeful expansion of Bielenberg,” she said of the sports center.
Scoggins is on the task force that’s drawing up plans for a new permanent structure that will replace an aging bubble and field house by the year 2014, pending council approval.
“It’s something that has really been used by many people in the community and has brought people from the outside,” she said. “By putting in a permanent structure, we’re really going to be setting ourselves up to do more.”
Scoggins said she’s excited to continue work on the Comprehensive Plan, which includes a new development to open near Bielenberg Sports Center south of Radio Drive.
The city has been designing plans for the development, named Urban Village, which will include commercial and residential properties as well as parks and trails.
“When you’ve been a part of the discussion for several years, it’s just really exciting to see those discussions turn into actual homes and building, offices and businesses,” Scoggins said.
The council member and mayor pro-tem, who acts as mayor in her absence, is looking forward to continuing his involvement in the city’s growth and development.
“We still have a lot of interesting and challenging issues ahead of the community,” Rebholz said.
Experienced in the finance world, he said he intends to use his background to help the city move forward in a fiscally responsible manner.
“How do we manage that development in a thoughtful way in the community while minimizing the financial impacts that the city has to deal with,” Rebholz said of what he expects to be the biggest question in the coming years. “Some of the financial things will continue to be challenging.”
Rebholz first decided to run for council after serving on the Economic Development Commission and the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce.
“It was a continuation of my community involvement, civic engagement,” he said.
Often vocal during council meetings, Rebholz has previously expressed strong feelings for building an outdoor ice rink, finishing up road projects while bids are competitive and designing roads that force drivers to slow down to minimize pedestrian-vehicle accidents.
Rebholz also serves on the Eagle Valley Golf Course Task Force, which was created to study the long-term financial viability of the municipal course.
Other candidates interested in filing for City Council positions must file between July 31 and Aug. 14 at Woodbury City Hall.
Council elections are non-partisan and candidates run for their seats at large. The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6.