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We are one community.

Unity in our community is extremely important for all of us. Each person brings a specialness to our community.

Diversity in unity is a shared experience. It helps ensure us a positive and continual growth, and different people are at different places -- many are even waking up to some of these issues for the first time. 

But, it’s important that right now, each of us commit to working for equity to ensure inclusion for all, which is starting with this election. 

We must take action right now.

We need to work together to make our city a united community for our growth and prosperity for all. I would like to see more people of color working in city hall. Especially in leadership positions. 

 I would like to see more people of color on our emergency services rosters and there too in leadership positions. 

We need more meaningful inclusion in our city to make our city great.

We need more small businesses in our city. 

We need businesses of color in our city. 

We need the International market square that I have been working to put together and bring to our Maplewood Mall area in our business district.

Let's elect a city council willing to do the work that has been ignored. 

Let's elect a city council who believes in a united community for all. 

Let's elect a city council that is welcoming and transparent. 

Let's elect true public servants that make the people of our city their main priority. 

Together we can make a difference.

To Protect & Serve

Our dedicated Maplewood police work hard to keep our families and communities safe – patrolling our streets and enforcing the law. 

As uniformed officers at our schools and in our neighborhoods, they serve and protect every day. Our police are a representation of our city. 

They are the reflection of our government and they are true public servants.

Our police have always worked to ensure the safety and security of our community. 

As times are changing and the needs are greater. We need to invest more support to our police officers.

With new hires coming on and only staying long enough to be trained just to leave our city for better opportunities in nicer cities as several of them have said that 

Maplewood is an easy place to start but is not of preferred a department to make your career.

Growing up in Maplewood we saw the same police coming to do demonstrations at school, doing bicycle rodeos and safety at schools, facilitating the DARE program, National Night Out and at other community events. 

Our neighborhood watch programs need a reboot. 

We need a program that is going to be engaging and active every day of the year not just on National Night Out.

Crime was lower when the community had built public trust in relationships with our police officers.

Through my leadership and administration, we will return the public trust to our police department through community engagement and neighborhood policing.

It is time that we are proactive instead of reactive on crime in our city. 

Escalating crime is a detriment to society and to our economy. 

This is demonstrated throughout our business district that is continuing to suffer from escalating crime and vacating businesses. We can absolutely turn this around. -Together we can make a difference.


I’m very excited to be meeting with and continuing our community conversations with business owners and management-employees and property owners all taxpayers. Working to build our economic development to benefit the citizens of Maplewood while making our city a destination for visitors. This means a variety of new businesses which will in turn create sustainable new employment opportunities.

We are all very excited to have several family event venues in the mix. Our city has been lacking family friendly venues for years. This is a very exciting time for everyone. 

In order to get all of these positive changes to be realized we need an all new city council. Together we can make a difference.

Our city is only as good as the people in it.

I'm very excited to be working on building partnerships on a variety of educational, growth and personal development opportunities for our community. 

Bringing our city back into a livable and thriving city will bring new opportunities for everyone of all ages and abilities. 

Developers, creators, and employers who are all eager to engage and motivate people to grow into the best people that we can be. 

Our goal is to make our city viable and sustainable so people will want to make our city their home and businesses will want to come here and invest in our community, our citizens and our futures. 

Our city will become the destination city that it was when I was a young child.

SAVE OUR NATURE CENTER- Yes now it appears that another of our cherished community assets is at risk.

On the NEXT Door app. There has been extensive discussion regarding the fate of our nature center on that add up and on Facebook discussion groups for surrounding communities. Our nature center is a cherished asset to our community. I have contacted the city Manager Melinda Coleman and have attached her email response to this post. 

By no means is this to give any of us any comfort of this safety and security of this community asset. We will not be able to ensure the preservation of our nature center until we elect a new city council. Stay vigilant and stay engaged. You actually have in your own possession of powerful tool known as your vote. You also have the power to protect our nature center by working to get an entirely new city council elected. Together we can make a difference.

I am committed to excellence

My record as a public servant shows my commitment and my effectiveness to the people that I represent.

My record also reflects the hard work and dedication that I have for public service.

My record also shows great results.

A city and a community that we can be proud to call home

I grew up in Maplewood. My family and I have served the Maplewood Community and the State of Minnesota  in a variety of roles for my entire 54 years of life. I am happy to say that I went through the public school system here in ISD 622. I graduated in 1981 from North High.  I married my my husband who also grew up in the same neighborhood as I did. We have been married for 36 years and have raised our family here on the property my husband grew up on  and now  two of our our grandchildren live a block away from us. My husband retired from 3M and I worked at St. John's Hospital. I am a business manager and I continue to work in Maplewood as a Program Counselor for people with disabilities. I have seen our city go through a variety of changes and challenges.  I look forward to bringing a positive new vision into fruition.  We have a great opportunity for a great new future for us all here in Maplewood. 

It's all about you.

Our newly elected Maplewood city council will be honoring our citizens by providing exceptional services that improves the lives of everyone in our community. Our citizens and our business community alike.

The new Maplewood City Council being public servants will be the benchmark of excellence and value in our community services and benefits by providing the exemplary services and decision making that are both taxpayer and citizen centered.

This service will be delivered through engagement, collaborative leadership in an integrated environment of learning, discovery and continued efforts and proven improvement.

This new dedication and commitment will emphasize a vibrant and thriving economy and a community of unity and sustainability.

Our city will become a strong and vibrant and thriving city like it has never been before.

Please join me in electing two new councilmembers and me as our new mayor.-Together we can make a difference.

Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Policing and Partnerships

In the 1980's Sgt. Joe Bergeron asked me to work with him as a volunteer Block Watch Captain.  Sgt. Bergeron or ("Sgt. Joe Cool" as my grandson called him. Sgt. Bergeron drove by his bus stop several times a week and checked in and told him to have a great day.) Sgt. Bergeron would stop by my front porch a couple times a month to check in and touch base. He was a great example of positive neighborhood policing. He was engaged and sincere in his service. I answered the call to serve and worked with Sgt Bergeron until his death on my wedding anniversary May 1, 2010.  I served in this role for over 20 years. 

The Mission Statement is exactly what our community needs.The Maplewood Police Department, in partnership with its citizens, will work to solve problems relating to crime and the fear of crime, with an emphasis on meeting community needs.

Here are the 2018 Objectives as described on the city's website. 

The 2018 Department Goals are a great start to the changing needs of our community. They involve community partners in policing efforts to successfully communicate and problem solve. They will work to increase non-enforcement public contact and interaction such as community meetings and presentations.

They will also work on implementing problem oriented policing strategies through data collection and analysis.

The last point on  their goals is to develop a department-wide training plan that emphasizes person development, high performing teams, and addresses both skill and knowledge based training.

Coming from a family of Law enforcement officers. I believe that there is always a need for community policing programs.  There is also a need for community policing programs in our schools. For example the D.A.R.E program.  When schools and students had the program resources through the D.A.R.E program the schools were much safer and more secure and controlled. Since the program was eliminated. Many educators, school staff and students alike say that the safety and security in our schools has diminished.  We need to get positive programs like D.A.R.E back into our schools.  We need to build stronger partnerships and community relationships to unite for safer schools an our neighborhoods. 

Livability for longevity

Keep our amenities strong to attract young families, enable seniors to stay in the community they love, a vibrant economy while planning for the future with more trails, and future growth. Calling a city your home means you are invested usually for a lifetime. Many people start their lives here and raise their families here and transition into long term and end of life care here.  Our city is fortunate to have the complete circle of life living as I call it,  that many of us want as our long term housing and lifetime planning security. 

Unity in our community

My work creating Racial Equity Statements is a process, 

though this may be challenging for some,  it is a rewarding one. 

It can help bring about greater

collaboration in policy making, strengthen public support and input, 

and develop policy making mechanisms that advance equity and fairness. 

I have worked on these statements for many years. 

It's something very important to me. 

Although I live to keep everyone equal. 

We need a written statement ensuring equality in every level of government.

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. It is a disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful.

Comprehensive Planning

 In essence, a comprehensive plan is an expression of the community’s vision for the future and a strategic map to reach that vision.

Comprehensive planning is an important tool for cities to guide future development of land to ensure a

safe, pleasant, and economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial, and public activities. 

Fiscal Responsibility and Taxes. They go hand and hand.

We need to create and continue responsible financial practices that guide the City.  We can continue to do so without cuts to service or staff while maintaining a solid financial future. We should not raise taxes and we should not cut essential services.  We should not put our taxpayers in hardship positions with excessive tax increases. There are other avenues that can be utilized to generate revenue to sustain and to improve our city services and economy.

Talking to businesses in our city has been a great wealth of information and continued network building. My core network is a already very strong and I value everyone's input and great discussions. The consistent discussion point of minimum wage comes into each meeting.  Everyone agrees that our business district is suffering and a change in long overdue. They want action. They want leadership at city hall. They want a new council that will work with our businesses and treat them respectfully. 

Everyone agrees that our city should have the minimum wage across the board as I suggested several years ago. 

Everyone is very excited to work together formally on the issues facing our businesses and our community together. This is key to the success of the businesses and the citizens. We are one community and together we can make a positive difference.

I have pledged to work immediately on a policy that will bring Maplewood into the competitive market for employee retention and longevity. Our businesses agree with me and they too want their employees to invest in their business. -

I have a lengthy list of businesses that have left our city. 

I also have a list of businesses waiting for the election of a new council before the'll commit to making Maplewood their home. 

These are businesses that have never before been in our city. What businesses are you hoping to see make our city their home?

There is so much to be gained through honest partnerships that will benefit our community for generations to come.

The decline in our business district of the last 5 years has been steep. It's damaged the public trust and the trust of the businesses that are still left in our city. It's agreed that we must elect a new city council to make the improvements necessary to recover the city and build it for the future.

We will have a great deal of work to do to build the public trust between our businesses and our residents.

Since I have known many of the businesses for years and we have met and discussed several options we have to unify our community. And to build a solid foundation to create our business district into a viable and prosperous one. Our goals have been to bring new businesses into our city while enhancing the quality of our presence for our remaining businesses and build on that for the sustainability of all of our business district. We also discussed creating mentorship programs for youth and businesses to hire them and build community while giving our youth the skills they need to build a great work ethic and skills to meet and exceed employment goals.

We have several other ideas that will create new sustainable jobs and other opportunities to be productive and prosperous adults.

All while building community.- Together we can make a difference.

Essential Services

Essential services are the services and functions that are absolutely necessary. They maintain the health and welfare of the municipality. Without these services, sickness, poverty, violence, and chaos would likely result. While each municipality will need to determine what its essential services are, here are some examples:

• Executive governance (the mayor, or his/her designee, who is in charge and has the authority to make executive decisions and enact policies)

• Healthcare

• Fire and police protection

• Provision of clean water

• Basic sanitation, including sewage and garbage removal

• Maintenance of communication infrastructure (e.g., telephone system,

radio, internet)

• Maintenance of utilities (e.g., gas and electricity)

• Provision of food and other essential goods (see below)

• Transportation

• Road maintenance/repair

• Banking 

• Government Television

• Payroll departments

• Tax collection

I will also add that you must also have a way to communicate to the community in the event of an emergency.

Road Maintance

Continuing the Pavement Management Program and proactive infrastructure maintenance schedule of city buildings, parks, trails, and equipment through prioritized long range planning and budgeting. We must also call in our Joint Powers Agreements to work on the upkeep and proper maintenance of our infrastructure so it doesn't become so blighted that it need to be completely reconstructed at taxpayer expense. We should also be providing options that include Mill & Overlay pavements to restore a safe and well maintained roadway. All neighborhoods and roadways do not require sidewalks, storm sewers and catch basins. The Living Streets concepts is not feasible in all neighborhoods. We need to be realistic in our needs and the affordability of our taxpayers.

Fiscal Responsibility and Effectiveness

In my first term in the State office of the Ramsey Conservation District. My creative planning and innovative reorganization strategy was extremely effective. My work resulted in the organization getting out of the "red" and into the "black" for the first time in their 30 years of existence. It remains there to this day and is thriving and 2017 was our busiest year on record.  I work to create revenue generating programs and projects that are self sustaining while saving money for those that I serve. I have a history of fiscal responsibility and transparency while making the state statute the guide that I go by.  A key to the success of my plan is community partnerships and engagement. My work on engagement proved very successful as the demand for our programs are overwhelming and resulting in long waiting list to participate. I am looking forward to creating a budget that will better meet the needs of our citizens while keeping our services level until we can make the necessary adjustments and reorganizations necessary to get them back to the level the taxpayers deserve.

Community Engagement

These are a few of the qualities and skills that I use to meet the needs and the engagement of those that I serve.

Capability: The members are capable of dialogue.

Commitment: Mutual benefit beyond self-interest.

Contribution: Members volunteer and there is an environment that encourages members to ‘have a go’ or take responsibility / risks.

Continuity: Members share or rotate roles and, as members move on, there is a transition process that sustains and maintains the community's corporate memory.

Collaboration: Reliable interdependence. A clear vision with members operating in an environment of sharing and trust.

Conscience: Embody or invoke guiding principles / ethics of service, trust and respect that are expressed in the actions of the community. 

As the immediate two term past president of the Ramsey County League of Local Governments. I created programs the were revenue generating programs that has brought expanded funds and a large surplus to the RCLLG. I created an extensive sponsorship program. I created new membership and partners enhancement programs. I also created a Racial Equity program to bring total inclusion to the RCLLG. I also created a women mentoring program. Celebrating Women in Leadership. 

I am very proud of all that I have done to serve with the RCLLG whether it be when I was president, Vice president or Executive Committee member or board member. I have served in all of those roles for the maximum terms allowed. I am very honored to have served. I am working to continue my work with these programs and start them in my next role as Mayor should I be elected. I have a long list of revenue generating programs that will be very beneficial to our community. I look forward to working on them and so many other.


We need to have housing that is affordable and available for those who are eager to make Maplewood their home. 

Many counties in Central Minnesota have significant housing issues related to foreclosures and price deflation. The metro region faces all of the above housing concerns, while continually focusing on the production of in-fill workforce housing.  Furthermore, housing needs vary by tenure. For instance, Ramsey County‟s cost burdened suburban population is primarily homeowners, while Saint Paul‟s cost-burdened population is primarily renters.  Throughout the state, a greater number of homeowners are cost-burdened but a greater percentage of renters struggle to pay their housing expenses. We need to have housing that is affordable and available for those who are eager to make Maplewood their home. 

In Minnesota, 52 percent of low-income homeowners, earning less than $50,000, are cost burdened. While needs vary, the general themes facing homeowners include housing depreciation, “underwater” mortgages, slow home buyer market, low housing turnover, aging housing stock in need of repair, lack of life-cycle options for senior citizens, and lack of affordable options which prohibits first-time home buyers from entering certain markets. Housing issues are multifaceted, making it difficult to provide a consistent classification of housing needs by region or tenure. Similarities and differences exist between cities and counties on opposite sides of the state; as a result it is oftentimes easier to categorize housing needs by theme instead of region. We need to have housing that is affordable and available for those who are eager to make Maplewood their home. 

Community Aging Services and Long Term Care


There are many private, religious and government organizations across the country that provide supportive services for older people. Many of these services center around helping people stay in their homes and avoid having to go to live in an institution or perhaps move in with family. Because of the emphasis on helping people remain independent, many community aging programs could be viewed as long-term care programs. In fact it's probably just a matter of semantics; long-term care and community aging services are just two sides of the same coin. Other community services may provide socialization or training opportunities. Community aging programs might include:

Meals served in community centers or delivered to the home. I would like to see as part of our community center recovery plan to include Community Senior Center activities and training are resource office that would help with referrals for Transportation and shopping services for people who can't drive or leave their homes Home repairs, snow shoveling, telephone support, caregiver support, care management, legal services, energy and weatherization services, housing subsidies, home health care, counseling and much more Adult day care. Protection from abuse. This would be a partnership program. Including help to our veterans

Help people with health insurance and government entitlement programs

Private support groups might be the Red Cross, women's auxiliaries or foundations. Many religious communities support activities for their elderly members as well as nonmembers. Both private and religious groups often provide services for free to people with little income and few assets. They may, however, charge people for services who have adequate income or assets. Many of these groups may also operate nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

Senior centers are often the focal point for all aging services in a community. Experts or contact people are housed in senior centers and can provide many services in the center itself or refer out to other organizations that can help. The community served meals or congregate meals in senior centers are a means for attracting older people into the centers. Seniors can then be exposed to the many services that are available.

Government support for aging services comes from the Older Americans Act, passed in 1965. This act, over the years, has produced a large network of care providers and local government managers called Area Agencies on Aging. This network also includes federal agencies, state agencies as well as local area agencies and is called the "national aging network". Although currently area agencies on aging do not usually track and direct people to non-government services, in the future, the Government intends on being the single source coordinator of all aging services in the community.  I do not want our city to become a city for social services. My vision has balance and will thrive as we honor all ages and demographics. The one small office in our community center will bring great benefits to our community. It will also be staffed by volunteers. No staff costs to our taxpayers. It's a win- win for us all.

Community Partners

In my public service I have made and built a great network of partnerships in all levels of government from local to regional and national.  This is a great asset to our work for you and your family at the municipal level. The work starts with us at the council level.  Her's how we can start. 

The council and staff will work together as a team to help determine which operational needs and wants can be funded in the existing budget and which ones must remain unfunded or receive funding through other means without raising taxes, creating fees, abatement's or any other "bill" for our taxpayers.

Likewise, the council and staff can contribute ideas for forging partnerships within the community. In my experience. Creativity is key to the success of establishing a valuable community partnership.

We should conduct a joint council/ staff meeting to brainstorm ways in which any unfunded operational needs might be met through innovative solutions.

As a team the council and staff  can reach out to local, State, regional, and national professional organizations for advice on a variety of topics. We should utilize all the resources that are available for us to use to be the most efficient and effective that we can be.

After determining our operational needs and wants and an opportunity to brainstorm solutions, is the next step: creating a plan for developing community partnerships. Such partnerships allow for a more strategic use of monetary resources, while still permitting unfunded needs to be met. At the same time, the partnering organizations benefit from increased visibility, satisfaction from community service, and the opportunity to serve their members.

To form partnerships, we can approach a variety of sources, such as civic, business, education, and government groups, any of which can provide us assistance and support to the efforts of the city on behalf of our citizens. Such as Nonprofit, religious, and charitable organizations. Businesses and trade groups. High schools, community colleges, and universities. County and local government agencies. Advocates and more.

During the creative process, I consider the organizations of greatest significance for the city and the taxpayers. By tailoring efforts to build partnerships with such organizations, we can truly foster partnerships that reflect the unique needs of the local citizens, taxpayers and business owners.

Economic Developement

The base of all economic development is investment. When private investment fails to meet a community's particular needs, public investment or public/private partnerships may be necessary. Current realities and future challenges of economic development give rise to three foundational principles on which economic development investments should be based: exports, productivity and sustainability. Exports have motivated much of economic development activity in the past, but the shift from a manufacturing service based economy and increasing global competition has emphasized the importance of productivity. A growing awareness of the need for human development and the scarcity of natural resources also highlights the need for a sustainable approach.

Exports, productivity, and sustainability are the three principles of economic development - the pillars that form the core support of the economic development edifice. With too much or too little investment in any one of the three, the structure becomes unstable.

A great place to do business

Here in Maplewood, we have several categories of possible employment opportunities. Some including total non farm employment, (Since Ramsey County doesn't have any working farms) manufacturing, financial services, business and professional services, educational and health services, information, retail and wholesale trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and government. We have a great opportunity to invite and welcome new businesses into our community. 


When we hear the word “sustainability” we tend to think of renewable fuel sources, reducing carbon emissions, protecting environments and a way of keeping the delicate ecosystems of our planet in balance. In short, sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.

Senior Housing and Services

As people age, they need housing that is structurally and mechanically safe and that accommodates people with disabilities. Those 50 and older also need safe communities, adequate transportation options and access to grocery stores, doctors and community activities. AARP Foundation is developing strategies to address the senior housing crisis and make all of our communities affordable and welcoming for people regardless of age or physical ability. These are great examples of safe senior housing projects that we should welcome into our community. As a member of AARP. I appreciate the options for creative and purposeful planning for our seniors.

Joint Powers Agreements

Minnesota cities often look for more effective and efficient ways to deliver services to citizens. It's critical to stay active and to actively participate in these agreements to keep taxes down and our quality of life and sustainability strong.

Cities have statutory authority to enter into agreements with virtually any other governmental entity—other cities, counties, towns, special districts, service cooperatives and the state. These agreements can take the form of joint powers entities, service contracts, mutual aid agreements, shared resources and shared personnel. And, while these can be effective ways to conserve a range of resources, these partnerships also can create unique liability issues.  We must become more engaged and participate more in these Joint Powers Agreements so we can start to see the positive results that they are intended to result in. 

Connectivity with Our Elected Officials

Community connections are extremely important to me. I make sure that I am available through a variety of communication options. I promote and work in full transparency unless it is required by law to withhold information.  I welcome and I expect that the people I serve feel free to contact me with their questions, comments, concerns or any respectful communications they would like to convey. I am a public servant and I will continue to be responsive and transparent.

Community Connectivity and Engagement

The challenge of our city is that we have entered an era of declining trust (though to varying degrees) in government and institutions of all types and across most nations. As has been widely documented, this poses serious challenges to those of us seeking to engage communities in an effective discussion, decision-making and participation processes.

Several drivers contribute to this decline in trust – many of which highlight issues that an effective engagement process should be designed to anticipate and/or address. These include:

Perceptions of bias of those convening or facilitating the process or in the information available

Limited engagement with, or understanding of the processes and expectations of engagement

Political polarization and the reliance on ‘proxy attributes’ guiding pre-conceived perceptions

Persistence of wicked issues

Increased distance between professionals and citizens as governance processes and activities become increasingly specialized and complex.

My record of positive community engagement is solid. I have worked to bring citizens, businesses and partners into a collective community to create positive community resources and networks I will always be transparent and open to my community who are those that I serve with priority.  Our citizens should not be shut out of their city.  The citizens are the city. The citizens are why we are here to serve. 

Every Public servant should recognize this and must honor and respect this. 

Our Parks and Preserves

The mission of Maplewood Parks and Recreation is to provide diverse recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, enhance and preserve our parks, facilities, and open spaces while promoting environmental stewardship through education and outreach.  Our park system is a great asset to our community.  The opportunities with our parks are endless. There will be a great deal more to come on this topic. 

Today we met to discuss our accessibility issue in our community. 

Some of the issues are easy fixes. Some are policy amendments. 

Some are simple housekeeping changes. We discussed programs, community access to services and environment. We also discussed the challenges to find local programming of increased outside of Maplewood participation. 

We also discussed community partnership opportunities.  The programs  being considered are programs that will engage other communities as well.  It's an exciting time to be working for positive changes in our community for everyone of all ages and abilities.- Together we can make a difference.

The Keys to Building Trust

I believe that honesty and respect go hand and hand.   I have always been extremely proud of those qualities in myself. 

I really believe that we can accomplish great things if we all work together with these few simple points.  

There is one thing that I want to convey is that I will always work extremely hard for us all as our Mayor. 

I do not however- "fight for you". I don't "fight" for anything. 

I will however use all of my leadership experience and my skills to get us all the best results possible on every issue or topic we are working on.

Effective communication. This includes before, throughout, and following your formal engagement efforts. If pursued effectively, the more citizens and communities understand the process, your goals and intended outcomes, the information they need to make an informed decision, the perspectives of each other, and their role(s) and stake in the process and issue, the more trust your engagement efforts will engender and be able to build from in the long-run.

Respect. While this sounds obvious, it is absolutely essential that the tone, content, and facilitation of your engagement efforts genuinely respects the input of all participants or members – even if it’s sometimes difficult.

Transparency of processes. Your entire engagement efforts should be clear and well-understood by all stakeholders, devoid of ‘hidden’ or alternative agendas (personal, political, or informational), and honest about the role and influence citizens will have in the either the decision-making or implementation of solutions. Many community engagement efforts have failed in this regard.

Sharing information widely. Effective engagement and trust requires that everyone involved is working from a common understanding of the issue and each other’s perspectives as possible. If participants or residents feel that information is only shared with some members or does not do justice to all perspectives on an issue, you are very unlikely to be able to create the trust you need for effective or sustainable engagement.

Engaging stakeholders in meaningful ways. Although closely related to respect, stakeholders will show greater trust in the engagement efforts that account for their perspectives, view their contributions, and employ their skills in a manner that they feel is consistent with their perspectives of these attributes.

Our Maplewood Community Center

Our Maplewood community center was created through an enterprise fund. Our taxpayers have been paying for this community center for years. By now is community center should be paid off and be generating new revenue for the city. However it has never been out of the "red". We need to take back our community center and to reorganize and create a sustainable business plan has never been done. As community center is paid for by the taxpayers and it should be benefiting the taxpayers. My record of revitalizing, reorganizing and recovering businesses is solid. I look forward to taking it on this challenge. 

I look forward to getting our taxpayer funded Maplewood Community Center into the "black" for the first time in its history. 

Every successful business has a plan and knows where it is heading in the future. A Community Center business is no different. Taking the time on an ongoing basis to review the centers past performance, and predict its future performance, gives it a road map to follow.

Resourceful, Determined Leadership is what is needed to turn this Community Center into a revenue generating community asset.

Good leadership is probably the most important determining factor for community facility success. Facility managers must be resourceful and entrepreneurial enough to find new tenants/uses or reconfigure space as programming and space needs change over time, respond to neighborhood/community concerns, and obtain the resources to cover operating and capital costs. Successful centers are run by dedicated people with strong administrative skills and benefit from tenants and janitorial staff who quickly and effectively identify and respond to maintenance concerns. 

The very first strategic planning most businesses do is a business plan. When you first start your business, you will likely have prepared a mission statement, a budget, and a marketing and promotion plan. The business plan is a good first step, but it needs to be reviewed and updated as the business continues and grows.

We are going to start from scratch to get our community center back to build the strong foundation that it never had.  

This is going to be a great example of the incredible things that can be done to improve our city. 

Our Environment

There are so many easy ways to become more sustainable. We are all creatures of habit, and changing our behavior takes some time. Small steps are key, and once you find how easy each is, you will be surprised how quickly you can make a positive difference in protecting our environment for your family and your planet. 

Environmental Stewardship means that each person takes an active interest in protecting the natural resources and natural services in the environment in which they live, and in fostering the health of that environment. It includes building in concert with nature, and using natural services as "green infrastructure" to keep our communities healthy.

The protection and preservation of our environment is key to the health and welfare of our community. It is also critical yo our survival. The work that we do today will be the legacy that we leave to our future generations. We have a great deal of work to do on this. The concept of "Green Step Cities" is special but it doesn't address everything that we must be working on.  We must create a community of balance from all aspects.

The environment that we leave to our children and grandchildren will be a environment that will be laced with toxic contamination and contaminated ground water and air pollution and toxins in our soils.  We must have strong environmental planning and policy's to clean up and protect our natural resources.  We must not create policies that contradict other environmental initiatives causing more harm than good. We must have vision for the future and for the cause and affect aspect of all of our planning and decisions.

Community Programs and Agency Partnerships

Building Strategic Partnerships, focuses on strategies for negotiating, building, and maintaining partnerships with other organizations that are key organizations in the community that can assist us in achieving our goals. The guidance on how to identify these key allies; negotiate, communicate, and build partnerships with these organizations; and maintain these partnerships in a way that is mutually beneficial to both parties. We should provide information to bolster understanding of the diverse types of partnerships that can be implemented so that we are able to determine which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for us to pursue. 

Transportation and Infrastructure

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee currently has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, roads, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. But the Committee has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the economic development of depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, activities of the Army Corps of Engineers and the various missions of the Coast Guard.

When combined, these areas of jurisdiction provide a comprehensive view of how communities across the United States are connected to one another, how infrastructure affects the growth and flow of commerce at home and abroad, and how an effective government can improve the lives of its citizens.

We have a great deal of infrastructure that is need of attentions. Years of neglect and disrepair have taken their toll.  There will be opportunities to utilize other funding mechanisms other than taxing on things we've already paid for. 

The Role and Importance of Building Trust

The Role and Importance of Building Trust

The role and importance of trust in all your engagement efforts cannot be under-estimated or under-valued. Without a purposeful and consistent effort to foster trust and build strong relationships at every step of the way, even the best-designed and thoughtful engagement processes will almost certainly either fail or fall far short of the success you seek to achieve.

I am upfront and honest. I am respectful and concise. I tell it like it is and I don't leave anyone guessing where I am coming from. It's all about transparency and you will always get that from me. 

Our Firefighters and our Paramedics

The times are changing no doubt. Our community's firefighters has changed  a great deal since I was young.  Our current Fire & EMS department is a combined fire and emergency medical services (EMS) department consisting of 30 full-time staff. The department's administrative staff includes the Fire Chief, Chief of EMS, and Battalion Chief of Operations & Training.

When I was young our firefighters were mostly if not all a volunteer department.  I remember that they responded to calls extremely quickly. They served the neighborhood where they lived for the most part. If there was a call to your neighborhood. Most likely one of your neighbors would be on the crew  to respond.

Our firefighters also made great efforts in community building. They had community dinners. Dances, Picnics and would be in the area parades. They came to our schools. We would go to the fire stations on field trips and it was a great way to build trust and confidence and to have community professionals who happen to be volunteers as you role models.  Now at least 40% of our fire stations are closed and the response times are longer.  

Mission Statement

The employees of the Maplewood Fire Department pledge the highest quality of service to meet our customers’ needs. We further commit to call customers, continual public and employee education, fire prevention and emergency response. We will provide these services in a safe, professional and effective manner.  

Here are the 2018 Objectives as described on the city's website. 

Respond to 90% of the emergency response calls within eight (8) minutes

Ensure response capacity for fire and high acuity EMS events while ensuring firefighter safety

Explore and evaluate public and private partnership opportunities

Evaluate new ways of becoming more efficient

Begin to develop a plan to address low acuity medical calls

Enhance community risk reduction programs

I'd like to know what you would like to see in your Emergency Response Services.  Please let me know. 

We need a positive balance.

Balance. Our city needs positive balance. We must create a community that serves the needs of everyone. The distance between prosperity and hardship is one house away. We have several shelters in our city with little to no supportive services for those who need it. Our city is not a going to grow until there is balance. With my leadership as Mayor. I bring the experience of years working with social services and housing as well as business and government agencies at all levels. I will bring balance to our community.

 I am working to earn your vote. Not to socialite it. I want you to know who I am and who you are voting for.

I want to meet you and have a discussion with you about what you would like me to do as your city council member, your Mayor.

Prepared & Paid for By Margaret Behrens for Maplewood Mayor @All Rights Reserved