Letter: Jeff Weisensel introduces himself
To the editor,
On Nov. 4, the greatest right and responsibility falls upon us as citizens of this community. We participate in selecting those we want to represent us. As many of you are aware, there are two council seats with 26 challengers attempting to fill. I am one of the many asking first, for your attention and second, for your support to serve you.
My one political promise is to represent all the citizens of Rosemount with practical and positive leadership, productive and results-oriented service and a progressive vision for sustainable growth.
Our city government is here to serve and protect. Four key challenges for the next council will require citizens with unique skills, experience and leadership. Challenge one includes the comprehensive guide plan's evolving development and land use involving UMore Park and areas east of Highway 52. Challenge two requires the continued fiscal and tax restraint addressing current and long-term growth affecting public safety, utility infrastructure and transportation. Challenge three is to further escalate and encourage a positive business climate for private investment that brought us Cub Foods, new restaurants and replaced the Coming Soon sign with a thriving market place at the corner at Hwy 3 and 42. Challenge four looks to collaboration possibilities for public and private partners such as the University of Minnesota, Dakota County Technical College and local businesses with the city to address open space and recreational activities.
To meet these key challenges, I bring the skill set and recent experience of serving seven years of commitment and dedication for the Rosemount Planning Commission, three as chair. I served as a citizen representative on the city of Rosemount wetlands ordinance task force. For six years, I served on the Dakota County Extension Committee, three as chair. Currently I serve as the finance director for the Dakota County 4-H Federation, an educational non-profit supporting hands-on reflective, research-based educational experiences connecting community needs with the resources of the University of Minnesota. Trained as a civil engineer, I have a practical understanding of municipal utilities and transportation infrastructure. With over 26 years in building construction, project management and property development experiences, I negotiate contracts with developers, contractors and vendors from $100,000 to $100,000,000. Daily, I deliver on scope, schedules and budgets.
Along with my wife Kathy and daughters Ashley, Kelsey and Lindsey, we chose to locate here in Rosemount 13 years ago and involve ourselves in the community, as so many of us do. At this time, I am willing to step forward to serve you as your elected representative on the city council. Thank you to those current supporters who asked me to run. For those looking for someone to listen and serve you, I ask for your support and vote on Tuesday Nov. 4.
Jeff Weisensel is a candidate for Rosemount City Council