Vision for Shorewood:
Continue to support our great neighborhoods for families and residents and transform Shorewood City Government into a culture that strives to be a model for democracy and transparency as opposed to the minimum required by law. Leaders in public office are effective by setting aside their emotions to focus on a purpose that is greater than themselves - serving residents. This means accepting feedback and welcoming input from those who may disagree with the City's approach.
1. Raise Accountability to Residents
2. Use City / Taxpayer Resources More Effectively and Efficiently
3. Preserve the Natural Character of our Community
I've spoken to many residents who would like to become more involved with the City. Unfortunately, our current City Council is dismissive of involvement - especially towards residents who ask important questions and challenge the City Council's approach. Our talented residents are a significant untapped resource. Let's work together to build a city culture that welcomes resident feedback and engagement.
Shorewood residents would benefit from a City that adopts a pro-democracy culture firmly grounded on service to citizens that bridges connections across the community. The current City Council strives to do the minimum required under the law for resident input, engagement, and transparency.
I provided comments at a Shorewood city council meeting suggesting topics for the City's six-hour retreat. The following points were ignored by the city council:
I encourage Shorewood residents to become active in our City. We must not take our democracy for granted.
I've spoken to many residents living along the border of Shorewood who say they do not feel heard by the City. This is a city street in Shorewood and illustrates the work that is needed to be done to consistently represent all citizens of Shorewood at City Hall.
This is Birch Bluff Road. The City plans to spend $5.5 million+ to widen the street and install curb and gutter and City water. The residents in the area I've spoken to are overwhelmingly against widening the street and only a few have indicated they would connect to City water.
Birch Bluff Road was resurfaced less than three years ago. As the picture shows, the road is in pristine condition. There are no potholes or cracks. Tearing up a perfectly good street for no good reason is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.
The council has a fiduciary duty to spend our taxpayer money wisely. The City should reallocate the $5.5 million to repair the many dilapidated streets in Shorewood.