Woodbury City Council Q&A: Amy Scoggins (Incumbent)The Bulletin asked Woodbury City Council candidates the following questions:
Occupation: Physician recruiter
Family: Married with three children
Civic involvement: Two terms on Woodbury City Council; volunteer at schools and church
Q: Why are you running for Woodbury City Council?
A: I’ve spent the last eight years as a member of Woodbury City Council. I have the time, energy, experience and commitment it takes to be an effective member of the council. I have always kept an open mind, and I’ve always looked at the big picture. My priority is to make decisions based on what’s best for the community as a whole. That is what I will continue to do if I’m re-elected.
Q: What issues do you think are most concerning to Woodbury residents and how do you plan to tackle them?
A: I think Woodbury residents continue to be concerned about the economy. Based on recent reports, things seem to be improving, but it’s still a big issue. We need to run our city as efficiently as possible. It’s always a priority to keep taxes at reasonable levels while maintaining high levels of service.
Q: Woodbury is a developing community. How do you envision Woodbury in the future, five or 10 years from now?
A: I hope that in the future, our community will continue to be regarded as well-planned and carefully developed. Much of the planning for the next five to 10 years has already been studied and analyzed. A lot of time goes into anticipating future needs and how to best prepare our community to meet those needs. In many cases, we already have a good idea of where new roads, parks and trails will be located. Additionally, our budgeting process looks into the future so that we can ensure funds will be in place to pay for equipment replacement and infrastructure investments.
Q: Are there any parts of the zoning ordinance that you wish to change to accommodate for redeveloping areas of Woodbury? If so, what and why?
A: No. A lot of thought and planning has gone into our zoning, and I don’t see a need for changes.
Q: One of the biggest and most expensive projects the city has taken on is the expansion and remodeling of Bielenberg Sports Center. Are you supportive of using taxpayer dollars for the project and why?
A: Bielenberg has proven to be one of our most valuable and most used community assets. It brings in people from other communities, who then shop at our stores, eat at our restaurants and stay at our hotels. A permanent roof will allow more flexibility in use, and greater energy efficiency. Year after year, Bielenberg’s revenues are greater than expenses. The project will not raise property taxes. Not a single person has contacted me to suggest that we shouldn’t do this project. In fact, there is tremendous community support. Given all those reasons, I am in full support of the project.