PRIORITIES

PRIORITIES

Sustainable & Resilient Community

My guiding principle in the decision making process in city hall and in community meetings is to create a sustainable and resilient community where all citizens have access to basic resources and public services, jobs and housing, recreation and nature. I always consider the impact of our present decisions on the economic, environmental and social health of the generations who will follow us. We all must do everything we can to create a more welcoming and just environment for all.  

Housing

Working to ensure that everyone has access to market-rate and safe, affordable housing, rentals and home ownership in the neighborhood they want to call home is one of my key goals. We must provide attractive options for seniors on a fixed income, people with disabilities, students attending our colleges, low income working people and higher income professionals moving into our community to take new jobs.  I encourage creative collaboration with developers, citizens, and non-profits so we maintain the welcoming feel of our neighborhoods and maximize our capacity for smart housing development for all.

Business/Economic Development

I am working to encourage sustainable and resilient business development across the district. Excitement is building in the Woodland business district as we near the reconstruction of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road intersection. To ensure the needs of the community are met with this project I helped coordinate meetings with the business owners, neighborhood residents and engineers from St. Louis County and the City of Duluth. I met with the City Planning Administrator and the Executive Director of Many Rivers Montesorri School as they planned their move to the Woodland neighborhood. I encouraged the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory to apply for a share of the City tourism tax and they will receive $20,000 in 2019 to support their education programming which attracts thousands of visitors every year and also serves our own school children.

Parks & Recreation

Championing the green spaces, parks, trails, and playgrounds that make our community the quality place where we want to live and work, as well as a world-class destination for tourists is something that people in the first district and I are passionate about. I am committed to maintaining and enhancing these treasures of our community, ensuring that they are accessible for all. Three areas that have seen progress in recent years are Hartley Field receiving designation of “Natural Area” which will bring new opportunities for preservation, the planned expansion of the Hartley Nature Center and the growing success of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.  The City is also planning on creating a “master plan” for Brighton Beach (including extension of the Lake Walk). I encourage stakeholders to work collaboratively with City staff to create the broad variety of recreational opportunities, including golf, hockey, skiing, biking, hiking and many others.

Streets & Infrastructure

The 2019 priority action for street construction in the City is to see the Minnesota legislature pass the statute which will allow the City of Duluth to implement the ½% sales tax which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2017.  In 2019 there will be at least two significant road re-construction projects in the district. The Woodland Ave/Calvary Road intersection will be completely reconstructed including Woodland Ave down to Anoka St. and Calvary Road sidewalks. And, on East Superior St. the bridge over the Lester River will have a significant overhaul. Both projects are being led by St. Louis County. In both cases I have helped organize meetings between the neighborhood residents, business leaders, and City and County staff.

Transportation

As we address climate change and our use of carbon fuels mass transit becomes more important. Since 2017 Duluth Transit Authority bus routes 21,22 and 23 have been running on a trial basis with service to Lakeside and parts of Woodland Ave.  In 2019 these routes will be evaluated for efficiency and sustainability. With support from the city council the DTA is also exploring the feasibility of bringing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to Duluth. BRT would help residents in some of the most isolated neighborhoods of the City have quicker access to jobs, recreation, education, shopping-all of the things that we take for granted when we use automobiles.