We want to reorient the city to a culture that is firmly grounded on service to citizens that bridges connections across the community.
Over the years, numerous Shorewood citizens have experienced how the Shorewood city government has engaged in a mix of overt actions and enforcement against some citizens and laissez-faire towards others. It is important for government to treat all citizens fairly, equally and respectfully. Unfair and unequal treatment leads to unhealthy community disenfranchisement and resentment. Moreover, the city should understand and abide by its contracts, the city code (as written) and Minnesota State law. Most Shorewood residents would agree that aggressive legal actions and threats against neighboring cities and our citizens should be a method of last resort. Such actions waste taxpayer money and harm relationships.
Along with inconsistent and unfair treatment, many residents are concerned that the city makes decisions based on insufficient data and research. They want the city to do more to collect and analyze data when making important investments and decisions. At the same time, they want the city to become more fiscally responsible.
Our vision for Shorewood: We want to work with citizens to support our city of Shorewood as a friendly, relaxed community of approximately 8,000 people to continue to build on our great neighborhoods. Listed below are some illustrations of what this vision looks like:
1. Engage Shorewood citizens with respect, inclusiveness and fairness
2. Improve Conflict Resolution
3. Use City / Taxpayer Resources More Effectively and Efficiently
4. Preserve our Natural Setting
5. Develop a Culture of Robust Collaboration
6. Encourage more citizens to run for office and become involved
What is citizen-centric city government? In short, it means city government exists to serve the people (e.g., important decisions should not be centered on generating additional tax revenue for the city). Let's transform Shorewood's city hall culture to one that is citizen-centric. Accountability, transparency and integrity are the key ingredients.
I've spoken to many residents who live along the border of Shorewood who say they do not feel heard or represented on government services. This picture is a visual representation of that reality.