Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 25, 2004

Voters' guide: New Germany candidates

Two people running for mayor, 2-year term

Three people running for two available council seats, 4 -year terms

Mayoral candidate Franklin Schoenke (incumbent)

1. Why are you running for office?

That I might continue on with the projects that we have got started over the last two years as my being mayor. Some of these projects have been talked about over the last 10 years and are now being worked on.

2. What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

Probably the number one issue is our sanitary sewer system. We have a lot of I-and-I problems, which means too much rainwater entering our sewer system which causes some of our residents to have back-up problems in their basements. We are trying to alleviate some of this problem by installing a larger lift station and a 10-inch outlet to help those residences that do have back-up problems.

Our next major issue is our ponding system that we have to dispose of our waste. We will either have to build another pond, or build a new mechanical treatment plant to take care of our sewage. The building is also a problem that needs to be addressed.

3. Why should you be elected?

That I might use the God-given talents that I have been blessed with, namely my communications skills and bringing people together to make the right decisions. All of the things we do on the city council is a team effort. No one person makes the decisions.

Mayoral candidate Paul Engelhart

1. Why are you running for office?

Because there’s a lot of things that need to be done in the city of New Germany to get it ready now and for future growth.

2. What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

Two major issues right now are drinking water and sanitary sewer. For drinking water, we need another well. We need a new tower and water treatment plant.

For sanitary sewer, we need a whole new plant facility. Both of these issues will take at least two years, just to get the financing and everything else arranged. It is a process that should have been done a lot sooner than this, but wasn’t.

To fund these items, you have to try to obtain grants and loans. Citizens of the town are going to have pay something for these two items.

A third major issue is taking care of main sewer lines through town. The lines need to be relined so we don’t have as much infiltration from ground water, which is a big issue.

3. Why should you be elected?

I care very much about the city of New Germany. And I can see the potential of the city for growth, both in housing and commercial. A true leader has a vision for the community and sets goals for those visions. Without goals or vision, how can you actually perceive to do anything for the city?

You need plans. This doesn’t only include the mayor of the city, but the whole council. They all need to be on the same wavelength, so that some progress can start to happen in our city.

City council candidateShirley Jaeger (incumbent)

1. Why are you running for office?

I have enjoyed my previous years on the council and would like to continue serving this area. I have lived in this area most of my life. The people in this community are very special and I would like to continue being their public servant.

2. What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

Development and improving city utilities. I am very much in favor of development but at a careful pace. Too fast is not good for our community. We need to continue to improve city utilities but also needs to be scrutinized carefully so as not to overburden our current taxpayers.

3. Why should you be elected?

I like this community. I like the people and would continue to do my best to improve the quality of the community of New Germany and still keep tax dollars in line. A vote for me is a vote for a friend.

City council candidate Susan Iverson-Latzke

1. Why are you running for office?

I have been involved in public service for the last six years, first as the city clerk for the city of New Germany, and then as the finance director/city clerk-treasurer for the city of Norwood Young America. I am very interested in city government and have recently completed my master’s degree in public and non-profit administration and I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting. I have acquired a lot of experience working in city/local government and would like to use this knowledge to benefit my own community.

2. What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

Growth is market-driven and is coming to this community and this area. We need to make this a positive for our community. Growth can affect a community positively or negatively and we need to make sure that we position the city to capitalize on the opportunities associated with growth.

Our city needs to address the capacity of our wastewater treatment. We need to find the source of the water infiltration problems. With growth and development coming, we will need to develop the capacity of wastewater treatment facilities. We need to position ourselves to handle the growth that is coming our way so that it is a positive for the city and its residents. We need to explore a variety of funding sources that will help us to achieve this goal.

3. Why should you be elected?

I care about our community and I want to see it prosper and continue to serve our residents. I want the citizens of New Germany to be proud of their community. We are a small town and we need to preserve our past and be considerate of our citizens as this city develops. I have experience with local government and its issues with the city of Norwood Young America, and I also teach classes to municipal clerks all over the state at the clerks institute at the University of Minnesota. I have served on planning boards and education committees for various government organizations. I am a certified municipal clerk and I understand the budgeting process, taxes and economic development tools that are available to help cities. I have an educational background in government with my master’s in public and non-profit administration.

City council candidate Thomas Mathisen

1. Why are you running for office?

With our community growing at such a rapid pace, I would like to be involved with the decisions being made regarding New Germany’s growth.

2. What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

Keeping housing and business in balance. I would push hard to get new businesses in town. I believe this would help the tax base as well as attract new housing.

Having activities for the kids in town. I would work with the city to find a solution. Possibly we could use the town hall as a teen center or organize some activity nights for the youth.

3. Why should you be elected?

I’ve owned and operated a company for 10 years. Having to make decisions and be responsible for their consequences is a job I do many times every day. I work closely with my customers and with city officials in both Delano and Howard Lake, so I do understand the challenges that cities encounter.


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