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We asked Woodbury City Council candidates about issues facing the city, how they would improve city leadership and their reactions to the city's 2040 comprehensive plan. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Budgeting for future needs and a proper use of the CIP (Capital Improvement Plan). In the past, the council has looked at the CIP as a mere to-do list. When an accurate estimate is not plugged into this document it causes deficiencies in our fund balances forcing increases in tax levies and assessments for businesses and homeowners. This year it is evident the CIP was not used properly in planning for our future expenditures. The CIP planned approximately $15 million for the Public Works Building, HERO Center and Ojibway Park reconstruction. Ultimately, the council approved these projects totaling over $31 million. Overspending and under budgeting is not acceptable.
I believe that residents voting for me would benefit from my experience, the time that I have available to devote to the council and my demonstrated commitment to the city. The experience gained from my careers is a direct benefit to the city related to current issues such as water quality. I have experience working with regulatory agencies at the state and federal level and have the educational background to assess the issues. The experience is only valuable if it can be applied to the situation. I have the time to devote to all issues of concern to the citizens.
My law degree and years of legal advocacy for families and businesses provides me with the expertise to be an effective member of the council. As a small-business owner, I understand the stresses many local business owners and entrepreneurs face and strive to help guide them to growth and success. I have also proven my commitment to the city of Woodbury by serving on various advisory commissions for the past eight years and, throughout that service, have learned how our city infrastructure works and the challenges we will face as the city continues to develop.
I've been active in the community via commissions, committees, boards and events. I'm a candidate who doesn't just say he wants to be involved, I roll up my sleeves and do it. My 20-plus years of business and leadership experience, leading people and organizations, developing and managing complex $100 million-plus budgets, projects and processes coupled with my active community involvement give me good insight and a base to start from in being your elected representative. I love to learn, and know how to listen, investigate and inquire, and make decisions. I will put in the time and effort to learn, to ask questions, hold accountable and communicate with our residents as we continue to make Woodbury a great place to live and work!
I've lived my life with public service, teaching and volunteering. I will listen to you about city issues: water, sewer, stormwater, local streets, parks, trails, police, EMT and firefighters. I want great fee-for-service enterprises like HealthEast Sports, Eagle Valley Golf, your water bill and Central Park Café. I am committed to responsible growth in our city.
I value all of Woodbury's citizens, and will make sure that the city works for everyone. I will listen to you on how to keep this city safe, environmentally sustainable and accessible for this and the next generation. I will use my policy and science experience to comprehensively analyze and examine the issues to make the best decision I can. I am passionate about advocating and am excited to represent you!
Firefighting for Woodbury, I met folks and gained insight how the city works and can be improved. My five kids thrived in local youth programs. With a Carlson MBA from the University of Minnesota and a small business, I know how to do smart business and a balanced budget.
The South Washington Watershed District will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the many flood-prevention, habitat restoration, and water-quality improvement projects accomplished. South Washington is the largest watershed management organization in Washington County, covering portions of Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Grey Cloud Township, Afton and Denmark Township.
The featured speaker at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Pineridge Garden Club was Rod Mead, owner of Blue Chip Tree Service. Mead is one of the first certified arborists in Minnesota providing tree care and maintenance. The next meeting of the Pineridge Garden Club is 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Cottage Grove City Hall featuring "Rock Gardening" by Rick Rodich of MN Chapter North American Rock Garden Society. All interested gardeners are invited to attend. More information at www.pineridgegardenclub.org . Submitted photo