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I am running for City Council because I bring an independent voice with a passion to connect and engage people and communities. I believe that I can help bring residents and businesses together and develop new partnerships to enhance Golden Valley without breaking our budget.
Regarding the Bottineau LRT line plans, I am already a highly involved resident and a representative on behalf of the Open Space Commission. On Council, I will continue to be an advocate for Golden Valley in all regional transit planning while pursuing the development of types we believe will best serve our residents such as increased and improved bike connections; safe routes for the differently-abled and pedestrians; bus service; and better-circulating traffic routes.
As the economy picks up and developers come calling, we have a balancing act of creating housing for our diversifying population: those who want traditional homes and lots which those who want or need multi-unit living. I believe we can grow neighborhoods with a variety of choices while keeping our sense of community.
Creative thinking; partnerships with private businesses, non-profits, school districts and regional entities like park districts and the County; and the remodeling of current facilities will help keep our community vital and the quality of City services high without over-extending our budget.
Gillian is my "go-to" person for all things Golden Valley. Whether it's Open Spaces, Education or just plain community fun, Gillian is passionate about her city and would be a tremendous asset to the City Counsel."Therese Tennessen
As a resident of Northeast Golden Valley, I have been involved with this process for some time. I hosted a neighborhood meeting of over 50 people and most of the City Council at my home over a year ago about this; joined the Bottineau LRT Policy Advisory Committee; attended open houses and read reports.
I am committed to being a voice for Golden Valley in this process, despite our well-founded reservations about the Met Council's choice of route and concerns about the impact on our parks. If LRT goes through, the City of Golden Valley must be prepared for either station and capitalize on the possibilities it may bring.
I hope to work with all levels of government to bring better transit alternatives—be they bus, bike, rail, or trail-- for all our residents throughout the city and region.
A recent survey shows the high level of resident satisfaction with our City services. The recent levy increase approved by the Council maintains those services from brush pick-up to prompt plowing to excellent communications. Our City has a AAA bond rating and is considered well-managed and fiscally-responsible. Continued prudent management and creative partnerships with businesses, other regional entities such as Three Rivers Park District; neighboring cities; school districts and citizen groups can produce vital developments at responsible investment levels.
As the mother of small children on a street with no sidewalks, I am not a big fan of smelly, fast-moving garbage trucks and would love to see as few of them on our streets as possible. But right now, a slim majority of our residents prefer a choice in haulers and our Council has respected that. However, this issue should be revisited in a few years, especially as more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly haulers become available.
I am excited for the new cooperative effort between Three Rivers Park District and the cities of Robbinsdale and Golden Valley for programming in Mary Hills Park and the Rice Lake Nature Area in my neighborhood. This is the type of cooperative and creative effort I hope to lead in Golden Valley.
Our parks can be gathering spaces day and night. Remodeled shelters can support programming for active adults and young children during the day; teens in the afternoons and all generations on weekends and in the evenings. Safe connections in the forms of trails, bike lanes and improved sidewalks can connect us and support physical activity. Initiatives to maintain our parks in ways that are environmentally-friendly and manage drainage and flooding should be developed and encouraged.
I hope to lead a group of community leaders to work with surrounding arts organizations to bring more art into our parks and community.
Brookview has proved to be a wonderful gathering place and space for programs, as well as a clubhouse for golfers. But compared to neighboring cities, our Brookview Community Center is outdated and small. If we want more programming; a place to rent for our parties and events; and a golf center which can generate more revenue, we need to invest in an improved Community Center. Our residents are hesitant to increase taxes to do this, so the Council must lead with creative ideas and resident guidance to find a solution that will work for us for the next 40 years.
New building along the 394 corridor and in the Turners Crossroad neighborhood and the Douglas Drive Corridor Project set for 2016 will be major changes to our City. The City Council must work closely with our residents; the Met Council, Hennepin County to manage the changes wisely.
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2321 Kyle Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422
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