SPECIAL ELECTION COUNCIL MEMBER CITY OF MOOSE LAKEBeth Virden • Jim Michalski
Question 1: How does your past experience, job or education qualify you to serve on the Moose Lake City Council?
Question 2: What are the top three issues facing the city right now and how should they be addressed?
Question 3: Other than finding greater efficiencies, what areas would you look to trim first if there are unexpected budget deficits (for example, should the state choose to further cut Local Government Aid)?
I have lived in the Moose Lake community for 20-plus years. I also have worked in public service jobs for that same time frame. Therefore, I believe I have knowledge of how city government works and would like to be part of this.
The city of Moose Lake suffers because of the lack of taxable properties. There should be a way for the city to assist with the school district in ways to develop their property. Another issue is the number of vacant commercial property lots. The city needs to think of ways to attempt to lure new businesses into to the city with possible incentives. The city of Moose Lake has done a lot with the beautification of Moose Lake along Arrowhead Lane; however, the many streets and sidewalks are in need of repair. I believe the city should come up with a plan to improve the streets and sidewalks more rapidly.
Since I am not on the city council at this time, I don’t have the proper figures to say what could be trimmed or what has been. These decisions will have to be determined by the entire city council.
Beth Virden did not reply.