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Economic Tax Base

I have several priorities on my platform one of which is increasing our economic tax base. This means building larger buildings in key areas of our city. The two run down strip malls on 37th /Stinson and 40th/ Central are prime spots. Strip malls do not bring in a significant amount in taxes, larger buildings do. If we placed larger buildings, four to six stories, in these two areas, they could help carry more of the tax burden for our city.

Central Avenue Store Fronts

Cleaning up Central Avenue was and still is my number one priority as your City Council member!! I asked to place this program on the agenda!!! Staff worked on it, the EDA and Council voted “yes” and here we are!!! So excited to see this article in the Star Tribune!!!  As your Mayor I will continue to support upgrades for Central Avenue. It’s time to let Heights shine!!!

http://www.startribune.com/in-columbia-heights-work-begins-to-spruce-up-central-ave-storefronts/492659631/

 

Climate Adaptation conference

I think it is important for our city to be prepared for changes in our climate. I stay informed about this topic in various ways, one of which is the Annual Climate Adaptation Conference.

https://www.wrc.umn.edu/news-events/climateadaptationconference

I will also be attending Growing Sustainable Communities 11th Annual Conference in November.

https://www.gscdubuque.com/

I look forward to learning new ideas that we can use in our own city to become more sustainable and resilient to climate change.

Trash

Help to reduce the amount of trash by signing up for this great class. So far 940 households have signed up for the organic waste curbside pickup program. We are at 11.8%, St. Louis Park is number one in organic waste curbside pickup at 30%. I would love to see Columbia Heights beat St. Louis Park. Please consider signing up for this program and attending this class. It is great for our planet and saves the city money!!

https://www.columbiaheightsmn.gov/news_detail_T17_R193.php