Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series detailing Woodbury City Council candidates. Find the rest of the responses here.
- Age: 51
- Education: Associate degree in court reporting
- Family: Husband Greg, five children: Ben Bartels, Maggie, Charlie, Tommy, Hannah
Why should residents vote for you?
I will bring common-sense solutions to our growing city's needs.
What's the biggest issue facing Woodbury?
Budget, growth and resources.
What could current city leadership be doing better?
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.
The Metropolitan Council expects Woodbury to add 20,000 residents by 2040. The city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan addresses this. What is your opinion of the plan and how will you begin to implement it?
Woodbury isn't growing because the Met Council expects us to grow. Woodbury is growing because it's a great place to live. The Comprehensive Plan is a plan for the future of our city. It is a tool that should be used by the Planning Commission and the council in approving future developments.