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Loretto City Council

Four people have filed for a position on the Loretto City Council; Keith Converse, Brenda Lee Daniels, John Neumann, and Tom Pedersen.

Keith Converse

This candidate did not return the requested questionnaire.

Brenda Lee Daniels

This candidate did not return the requested questionnaire.

John Neumann

Why are you running for Loretto City Council?

A few months ago, I received information that the City of Loretto was seeking residents to run for city council. After talking to residents and two of the former mayors of Loretto, I learned that it was an excellent opportunity and a great experience.

I am running for city council because it is my civic duty. I believe I can provide the residents of Loretto with sound judgment and a financially conservative voice. I enjoy working with people and have learned about current city issues by attending council meetings.

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

In our small city, we have two major issues.

Loretto will have to make some updates and modifications to our wastewater system and also our storm water system in the next few years. Both of these systems are very complex and require a great deal of research, planning, communication, and coordination.

Loretto city officials have been communicating with engineers and other local agencies to look at feasible solutions. The upgrade needed for these two systems will require a lot of teamwork and coordination to make the best possible decisions financially and technically.

I will work with all city officials, including the mayor, city council members, public works, city manager, and consultants collectively to make the necessary upgrades to high standards and yet keep the costs down for taxpayers.

Why should you be elected?

I have lived in Loretto for 11 years, and have been an active volunteer in youth sports in this city and surrounding cities for the past 10 years.

I have a strong work ethic, and I am willing to put in the time that it takes to be effective in this elected position. The success of my community is very important to me. I would like to invest time in the city to make it a better place for all residents.

The city has had recent upgrades with new buildings, resurfaced roads, and a trail system to Baker Park. I look forward to working with the mayor and the rest of the city council in making future upgrades and making Loretto even a better place to live.

I would appreciate your vote for city council.

Tom Pedersen

Why are you running for Loretto City Council?

I’ve always had an interest in government, but have never taken a step to actually run for any office. There has been, and continues to be, a need for people to get involved and run for city council or mayor. When this was pointed out in the Loretto City newsletter, and after a couple weeks of consideration, I decided it would be good to give it a shot.

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

In a small town like Loretto, we don’t have the many issues of a large city, but there are still some important issues where elected officials will have to make some difficult decisions.

Usually, these decisions end up affecting our pocketbooks. There are a few that will have to be dealt with in the near future, and others which may have to go on a “wish list.”

One of the more costly issues which will have to be resolved sometime in the near future is our wastewater. Our present system will not be sufficient much longer for local and state government agencies, such as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Metropolitan Council. Sometimes, even these government agencies have different ideas on what small communities such as Loretto should be doing in the future.

There currently are not any easy solutions, but this is an issue that isn’t going to go away.

Another issue is a compost site for the city. I’m in favor of a local site for brush and trimmings. Currently, residents are kind of forced to be “creative” with their disposal of brush or grass clippings.

When it comes to any of these issues, money is always involved to some degree. My goal is to spend money wisely, and to make sure it is always in the best interests of the majority of the residents.

Why should you be elected?

I’m a property owner and have lived in Loretto for nearly five years. I have an interest in what happens here and would like to become more involved as a city council member.

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