Howard Lake Herald, November 2, 1998

Waverly city office candidates


Charles Bush

Candidate for Waverly mayor

Why run for this office?

I decided to file again for one more term as mayor. During the next two years many of the major projects that have been started in the city will be completed or near completion. I was never raised to leave a job not completed and, therefore, I can leave office having completed the work that was started when I assumed office.

What is the most important issue in Waverly you would like to take action on?

The most important issue facing Waverly is the repair and maintenance of its infrastructure. The council has started a program to replace, repair and upgrade sewer, water , street repair and sidewalks. If the council and future councils continue with this undertaking, the city will be in excellent shape in the next four or five years.

How much should city government be involved in economic development?

Economic development definitely helps a community with jobs, more tax revenue and opportunities. However, any city has to be careful not to grow too fast or give too much away to spur good growth. I still believe a community with a good infrastructure in place, a good work force, good schools and proximity to the metropolitan community offers almost everything business would want. I believe Waverly offers this and, therefore, has the biggest incentive for economic growth.

Are you willing to participate in community and city events? comments?

Yes.

Are there any law enforcement concerns you want to see addressed? comments?

The city has expressed its concern that Waverly be a safe and clean and orderly town to live in and visit. To that end, a number of ordinances have been passed and enforced. It is one of our priorities that Waverly will continue to be a good place to live and grow.

How would you prepare Waverly for the Hwy. 12 construction in 2000? How would you help the businesses survive?

We will survive the Hwy. 12 construction. In fact, because of our size and makeup, I believe Waverly will do very well during the construction. We will also have the experience of the communities of Montrose and Howard Lake to rely on to help us to get through the experience.


Pam Henry-Neaton

Candidate for Waverly City Council

Married to Brian Neaton; preschool teacher for HLWW Community Education; adult volunteer youth service coordinator for school district; involved in Waverly United Fund, WAVE Committee, Community Education Advisory Council, Community Collaborative team, and Safe and Drug Free school committee; past member of Waverly Planning and Zoning.

Why run for this office?

I have lived in Waverly for most of my life (since I was three years old) and love our town. Our community is going to continue to grow and I would like to help make that a positive experience for current residents as well as new residents. I feel I can keep an open mind and weigh all the pros and cons of decisions that will need to be made in the future for the best interest of our community.

What is the most important issue you would like to take action on?

We need to continue to make necessary improvements and updates as needed. Long-range planning is very important, so money can be properly budgeted for city expenses.

Is there a certain direction you would like the city to take in the next four years?

I'd like to see the continuation of current updating of sidewalks and streets and making our city look inviting. Businesses and residents have been working on this already, we need to continue to encourage this and help if possible.

How much should city government be involved in economic development?

City government should be very careful when using taxpayer's money in any situation. We as a city should encourage development, but need to be careful about monetary involvement.

Are you willing to participate in community and city events? comments?

Yes, I am currently involved in various community events, and am currently planning a community meeting. Staying involved is very important, I feel.

Are there any law enforcement concerns you want to see addressed? comments?

I would like to look into the possible of increasing the amount of time Waverly is patrolled and also making sure we are getting the service we pay for.


Mary K. Reardon

Candidate for Waverly City Council

Married to Paul Reardon.

Why run for this office?

To give a working-class perspective to city business.

What is the most important issue you would like to take action on?

Strategic planning for the future of Waverly, trying to keep a small town personality in a world of the millenium.

Is there a certain direction you would like the city to take in the next four years?

Balance budget and set yearly goals for target problem areas.

How much should city government be involved in economic development?

Keep current with new laws and work with businesses that want to relocate to Waverly.

Are you willing to participate in community and city events? comments?

We, as a family, already make this a personal commitment.

Are there any law enforcement concerns you want to see addressed? comments?

Law enforcement needs to go a step farther to protect the citizen's rights. The county attorney's office needs to know our concerns as property owners and taxpayers. Identifying problems is important, but more important is effectively dealing with solutions to those concerns.


John Hertzog

Candidate for Waverly City Council

Why run for this office?

I am currently finishing the term of former councilman Don Smith, who for health reasons resigned with one year remaining of his term. There are many issues that I have been involved with that I want to see carried through to the finish. Previously, I was a councilman from 1990 to 1994 and a planning commissioner from 1986 to 1990 so I am no stranger to city government.

What is the most important issue in Waverly you would like to take action on?

There are numerous issues we have been working on but the thing that needs to be in place before we move ahead is a land use plan. It was obvious to me when returning to the council that everyone was going in different directions, citizens and city officials. So, after a little convincing, we as a council have made a commitment to get this done. We have hired a company to help with implementing and we will be holding a series of meetings to get everyone's ideas on what they have in mind for the city of Waverly.

For example, should the business district remain downtown or be moved to the Hwy. 12 corridor? Do we try to renovate the buildings downtown or plan for new? Do we have things zoned properly, i.e. residential where we want future residential, industrial where we want industrial. Once these visions are obtained, we can move forward to make an even better Waverly..

Is there a certain direction you would like the city to take in the next four years?

Yes, Waverly will grow, there is no doubt about it, with the scenic area and the proximity to the metro area it will happen. For years, I have been wondering how to promote business and industry and I am now convinced it will happen through residential. Once the people come, the business and industry will follow. What we need to do in the next four years is get our infrastructures and subdivision ordinances in place to handle the future growth.

How much should city government be involved in economic development?

This can be a huge financial burden if it is not done properly. The city needs to provide things like a strong infrastructure, a means for financing (tax increment financing, etc.) and a nice community to build in; however, that is as far as it should go. I don't believe the city should get involved with buying and developing land or being in the real estate business.

Are you willing to participate in community and city events? comments?

Yes, of course, and I think my past proves that. However, one needs to be careful on spreading themselves too thin. I would not be doing myself or the citizens of Waverly any benefit by getting involved in everything.

Are there any law enforcement concerns you want to see addressed? comments?

This needs constant attention with periodic visits with the sheriff's department. I think crime and vandalism in Waverly is (being dealth with) better than ever and we need to stay focused on certain areas within the city..

How would you prepare Waverly for the Hwy. 12 construction in 2000? How would you help the businesses survive?

I am co-chairing a Hwy. 12 committee to address the problems we will encounter with the reconstruction of Hwy. 12. So far, we have met with MNDot and we will be meeting with the residents and business owners to make this transition as smooth as possible.


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