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Get to know city council candidate Joe Kurle

In four years, what do you hope to have accomplished on the city council?

I would like to see new businesses to move to Rosemount. Companies like Trader Joe's, Walmart and others would make a great addition to our town. I plan to aggressively seek out and encouraging these businesses to move here. We should also make sure our city code regulations are not so strict that it discourages businesses to move here or expand their existing business that is already here.

I want to make sure the new senior center and senior housing complex is built on time and meets the needs of our seniors. There have already been issues early on with deadlines not being met and promises not kept.

The city needs to maintain a fiscally responsible budget so we don't burden our residents that are struggling financially. At the start of the economic collapse six years ago, I was laid off from a residential builder that went bankrupt. I know what it's like to struggle to make ends meet.

The last goal I have is to make sure all the concerns about UMore Park are answered and resolved before anything is approved.

Where does this office fit into your political aspirations?

Right now, I feel that I can be an asset to the residents of Rosemount. I enjoy politics, working with others to solve problems, and finding solutions that meet everyone's needs.

My wife and I each have a business in Rosemount and we enjoy living here with our three daughters. We have a long term interest in the wellbeing of Rosemount and we want to see it grow and prosper.

As far as political aspirations, perhaps I'd be interested in other political offices like MN House or MN senate, but that would be down the road and something I would only think about after my experience on city council.

UMore will be a continuous issue for the city. What are your thoughts on the property and its future development?

Many of us know the history of the site and all the pollution that was spilled there. There are issues with pollution and water contamination that haven't been completely reviewed. We need to be absolutely sure that any development or gravel mine will not leak any contaminants in the water or air.

There are too many unanswered questions right now to safely start digging a gravel mine. If all those questions are answered and we are sure it will be okay to dig, then the project can move forward.

While the city council makes the decisions, city staff does much of the day to day work. What is your management style and what are your expectations of city staff?

The Rosemount city staff is very helpful. I recently talked to a Rosemount resident, while door knocking, about a long term water issue. I sent an email to the city and the next week the city came out and fixed the issue.

I plan to work together with the city staff and help them out where I can. I will lean on their expertise to partly make decisions, but that will not be the only factor in making decisions. I will also do my own research and talk to other people in the community before making any decisions. After all, we all work for the residents of Rosemount, so it's only right that we listen to them, too.

What is your background?

I've been married to my wonderful wife, Marie, for 10 years now. We have three young daughters; Abby, Natalie, and Jenica. We've lived in Rosemount for 8 years.

I run my own drafting business here in Rosemount, Joe's Drafting and Design.I draw residential floor plans for additions, remodels and new homes construction. I work on a daily basis with homeowners, builders, developers and cities.I've been in the home building industry for 12 years.

I've attended numerous council meetings and met with many people in the community.

I ran for city council two years ago and enjoyed going door to door meeting the people in town and listening to their needs.

Why do you want to lead?

I don't like the word "lead." A better word is to "serve."

I want to serve because I like being part of this city and I want to help to continue to make it a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Why run for council?

Because I care about this community. I want to make sure the city makes good decisions. These next several years are critical as the city prepares for the UMore development, a new senior center and housing complex, maintaining low taxes and keeping the city budget balanced.

What makes you qualified?

Because I like to listen to all sides before making a final decision. I enjoy challenges and finding ways to solve those problems.

What are your thoughts on the current council?

City taxes have been slowly reduced the last several years. Rosemount is now one of the lowest taxed cities in Dakota County and still maintains a wonderful charm. That's something to be proud of.

We need to continue that, while also making Rosemount a desireable place to live, run a business and raise a family.

That means maintaining our parks, keeping taxes low, having a business friendly community and keeping our streets safe for our kids.

Are you ready for the commitment required?

I've been to several of the meetings and I know of the time commitment that the council puts in. I already spend a lot of time reading political news and I've enjoyed attending the council meetings.

So, yes, I am ready for the extra time commitment the job requires.

How will you make tough decisions?

Before any decision, difficult or not, I plan to review it thoroughly. I will seek out advice and opinions from others and look at it from all sides before making my decision.

I also feel strongly about studying what the long term and short term effects on the community are before a final decision. That is how I will handle a difficult decision.