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Howard Lake City Council

Jan Gilmer*

Why are you running for Howard Lake City Council?

I am actually running for re-election. I would like to continue to represent the citizens of Howard Lake.

The next three to five years, from all indications, based on the economy and national job losses, will be a critical time for small cities like ours, as well as the entire country. My past city council experience will be an asset needed when continuing with ongoing and future challenges.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the city, and what are our proposed solutions?

Whether it be city, county, or district; the top issues are fiscal responsiblity, and public services and safety within fiscal responsibility.

The solutions – budgets need to be adhered to review and re-review on a continuing basis. A balanced budget has to be the norm, instead of the exception. Possible reductions from the state level (local government aid) may impact all of us, so we truly might have to do more with the same or less.

We, as a present city council, are attempting to budget and implement four hours of additional daily police protection work within existing department budgets. We continue to upgrade our city vehicles, and address deferred maintenance on city equipment, again, on a department budget basis.

We are staying on top of the industrial park, liquor store, and sewer/water contract with Maple Lake and Annandale.

Significant upgrades have been made to our city’s infrastructure.

With our new city administrator, we are continuing with the design team’s thoughts and opinions, in an effort to rehab our Highway 12 and downtown core, including each end of our city. Senior housing and residential growth would follow.

In my opinion, we are pro-actively positioning ourselves to come out of this downturn ready for positive growth, which will further enhance our quality of life, development, city vitality, and revenue.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

Continued scrutiny over budgets, competitive bidding, and dialogue with the citizens.

Tom Kutz*

Why are you running for Howard Lake City Council?

The reason I am running for office is to continue the work of making the city of Howard Lake a city people would like to live in for many years.

I am also a member of the Howard Lake Fire Department and the American Legion.

I enjoy the challenge of working for the citizens of Howard Lake.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the city, and what are your proposed solutions?

The top two issues facing the city are the assisted living facility and the industrial park.

First thing is to continue the work of getting the assisted living facility in Howard Lake. The solution would be to help with land acquisition and help with tax increment financing.

The second issue is the industrial park. We need to work very hard to attract new business to our park. And, there again, the solution is to work on land acquisition and tax increment financing.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut cost and operate efficiently, while still maintaining services to taxpayers?

We can work on keeping costs within the budget constraints, and manage to keep the levy at a steady rate.

We can cut cost by collaborating with neighboring communities on equipment and services. This is something we do now with our wastewater treatment plant.

Mike Mitchell

This candidate did not submit answers to the questions sent him by Herald Journal.

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