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, strong fiscal management, transparency, and robust resident engagement 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. For example:
2. Strengthen the City's Fiscal Management - Residents want us to use taxpayer / city resources more effectively and efficiently. For example:
3. Preserve the Natural Character of our Community
I've spoken to many residents who would like to become more involved with the city. For our democratic process to work as intended, it is important that we listen to residents who ask insightful questions and challenge the city'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.
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 and is rated a perfect 10 according to the City's own street condition rating system. 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 approved the project despite 28 letters in opposition expressed in the June 13 council meeting packet.
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.