Question 1: How does your past experience, job or education qualify you to serve as Mayor of Wrenshall?
Question 2: What are the top three issues facing the City right now and how should they be addressed?
Question 3: What areas would you look to trim if there are unexpected budget deficits?
Michael W. Hyland
I have served 21 years as former Mayor and Council Person for the City of Wrenshall. I am a retired teacher of 31 years, teaching American History, Political Science, Geography, Physical Education, Health and Adapted Physical Education. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I served 7.5 years in the military (National Guard) as a Medic and was the NCO of the medical section for one year. I served 10 years on the Wrenshall Fire Department as a fireman and first responder. I have served three years on the Carlton County Economic Development Committee.
We need to work together to reach goals set forth in the strategic plan and survey completed by our citizens and maintain our infrastructure (roads, water lines & well, and sewer system). Working as a team with housing developers, citizens & council we need to develop an action plan to prevent future flooding through appropriate drainage. Enforcement of speed on County Road 1 needs to be addressed.
In our city we could survive a one-time short fall of State funding because of an adequate general fund balance. Without State funding, we would have to implement a freeze and spend only on items necessary for safe city function, a freeze on salaries, including council salaries in the next election, a possible cut in city staff, and finally the Fire Department. Here we would have to meet with the Townships, Fire Chief and City to develop a plan to restrict spending to a safe, but bare bones level.
Gary L. Butala did not reply.