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New Germany City Council

Shirley Jaeger*

Why are you running for New Germany City Council?

I have been a long-time resident of this area, and have served on the city council for approximately 14 years, so I have had some experience with city government. (Each month is a learning experience).

I know most of the people in the area, and feel I need to be accountable to them for my actions.

I am always willing to listen to your problem, and will try to solve it, or at least take a look at it, to work out the best solution for everyone concerned.

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

The most pressing issue, as in most small communities, is lack of growth. Therefore, the tax base is spread among so few, even though the needs (infrastructure, fire dept, etc.) are the same as in a larger community.

How to solve this problem? At this time, it is hard to encourage “moving out to the country” and work in the city, due to the high gas prices. I hope the new infrastructure and new water treatment plant, along with the new county trail coming through, might spur some interest in lving out in our close-knit area.

Also, it would be nice to interest some industry in our city. Here again, with all the new infrastructure, this may be just what is needed to get someone interested in coming out to “suburbia.”

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

We set a very conservative budget. It is worked on at several special meetings, so we only add to the budget where it is absolutely necessary.

Many times, repairs on buildings, equipment, etc. are done by volunteer labor, in order to conserve costs.

A good example of this is when the new concession stand was built at Lindstrom Park; most of the labor was donated by volunteers from the area.

Nick Hartwig

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

Heather Wright

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

Ty Turnquist*

Why are you running for New Germany City Council?

As a resident, I appreciate living in the city of New Germany and experiencing all it has to offer.

It was an enjoyment and an honor to see and be a part of a large group of both residents and non-residents planning and executing a successful celebration of our city.

Throughout the year, I have enjoyed participating in the various events that bring the residents together.

As a parent, I appreciate the opportunity to expose my children to New Germany’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

As a result of all that New Germany gives to me, being on the city council is my way of giving back.

During the past seven months, while participating in community events, working on various committees, talking to fellow residents, reviewing council meeting agenda items, and listening to the discussions at the council meetings, my only desire has been to make good decisions that assist in developing a strong and stable New Germany today, so that we will have a strong and stable New Germany tomorrow.

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

In my opinion, the most pressing issue facing New Germany is the completion of our infrastructure improvement projects on time and within budget.

We are a small town with few roads, so tearing up roads has a great impact on residents, as well as business owners. In addition, these projects carry a large price tag, so budget overruns would only amplify the financial impact that we are currently feeling.

Good communication, good supervision, and accountability are key factors in ensuring the completion of the projects on time and within budget.

My second top issue is residential and business growth.

New Germany offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere that appeals to many people.

I believe we need to bring more business to New Germany, to provide needs and services that would entice new residents. The addition of new residents in New Germany will also benefit our current business owners.

There are ideas the council can explore to develop city incentive programs that aid in reduction of construction costs. In conjunction with well-designed incentives, the city can promote our infrastructure improvements to attract new residents and businesses.

As I contemplate the future of our community, I believe that one of the council’s responsibilities is to devote time to developing and executing various plans that result in growth.

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

After recently being involved in the 2013 budget process, I have to say that I believe past council members have done a good job of streamlining the city’s budget to cover operational expenses while planning for future expenses.

At this time, I do not believe there are areas of the city budget that need to be cut.

I intend to continue in the mindset that the council has a responsibility of developing an efficient budget, while maintining a plan for preventative maintenance and replacement costs.

I believe that good budget planning eliminates the situation of having to find lump sums of money to cover replacement expense.

Cathy Ruschmeier

Why are you running for New Germany City Council?

I chose to run for New Germany City Council because I saw a need for someone who cares about the community and its people.

I would like to help oversee some park improvements and other city projects geared toward youth.

I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the other members of the council and to serve the citizens of New Germany.

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

The top issue facing the city is the ongoing infrastructure improvements of our city water and sewer system. This project started in July of this year, and will continue through next summer.

The job of the city council will be to make sure the project flows smoothly, and to try to minimize disruptions to the citizens.

I am anxious to start serving on the council, to help identify what other top issues face the city and assist in finding quick resolutions to those issues.

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

I would like to see what types of grants are available to a city our size, to help minimize the cost of proposed improvements.

A small city comes with a small budget, so it will have to be reviewed carefully so we can get the most accomplished, and minimize cost to the citizens.

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