City council: Kim Shoe-Corrigan, Incumbent
The development of UMore will be big job for the city council. What do you think of the proposed plan? How do you think the city should handle it?
An issue that is currently before the council and will be a major issue in the years to come is our relationship and partnership with the U of M on the UMore property. Their plans for development and mining operations will greatly impact the size of our community and the quality of life we experience. We will continue to advocate for the citizens of Rosemount as the mining permit process moves forward to address noise, traffic, lights and dust. We will advocate for the appropriate buffer near residential properties so that their quality of life will not be compromised.
The next few years will continue to be challenging, financially. What would your priorities be when setting a budget?
The council is dedicated to providing the services the citizens feel are priorities for the city. Like all budgets at this time, we will have to find more creative ways to partner with other governmental and private agencies to make the most of our resources. The staff will have to continue to find ways to make their budget go as far as possible.
What is the role of the city in attracting development?
The city staff, council, and port authority work to promote and support our community businesses and look for partnerships. We have received a "shovel ready" designation for some of the business park land. It is important to look into the future and anticipate the changing business climate and work with professionals who can help us plan for development.
What is the most important issue facing Rosemount and how do you hope to address it?
The most pressing issue for the council and one we spend most of our time on is the budget. With declining home values, budget cuts at state and county level, we are faced with difficult financing issues. It is important to continue to pay down our debt, evaluate our current levels of service, and partner with private and other governmental agencies to increase our opportunities and efficiencies.