Troy Aanonsen QUESTION #1 Start your response by informing readers which seat you are running for. Describe what you specifically will contribute as a positive force for your city. For example, do you have prior accomplishments related to being an office-holder? Is your professional background suited especially? My name is Troy Aanonsen and I am running for Taylors Falls City Council. My work experience is in database and business administration and I have a degree in political science.
I have chaired the Taylors Falls Heritage Preservation Commission, am a current board member of the Taylors Falls Historical Society, an active member of the Taylors Falls Lions Club, and the Financial Secretary for the local Knights of Columbus Council.
I have a particular interest in removing self-interest from public service, working closely with local business and community groups, and improving communication between the City of Taylors Falls and its citizens.
QUESTION #2 If you had to name one thing holding your community back, keeping it from being the best place to live ever, what is that and what do you want to do about it? Communication and collaboration in my community, like many communities, is entangled in partisanship. Individual loyalty to a particular party or interest group can contaminate the common unity of any community. Community involvement and public service should operate outside the boundaries of partisanship.
My term on the Taylors Falls City Council will be successful if I can motivate others to move beyond partisanship and place community and public service above personal politics.
Larry Julik-Heine QUESTION #1 Start your response by informing readers which seat you are running for. Describe what you specifically will contribute as a positive force for your city. For example, do you have prior accomplishments related to being an office-holder? Is your professional background suited especially? To the residents of Taylors Falls, my name is Larry Julik-Heine and I am running for reelection to the Taylors Falls City Council.
First of all I think it’s incumbent upon anyone who seeks a seat on the City Council to do what’s in the best interest of the City of Taylors Falls, all of our residents and visitors. Those of us who live here see the natural beauty that surrounds us every day. We are the stewards of a great gift. It is important to me to give something back and to leave TF a better place for future generations. The positive force I contribute is that I love this place!
My prior accomplishments related to being an office holder include Co- Liaison to the Public Works Department. We maintain the City streets by paving on a regular schedule and addressing immediate repairs on a timely basis. The PW Department has done a great job of plowing snow, sometimes a daunting task, and they always get the job done keeping the streets safe for the school kids, residents and visitors. We have updated the City infrastructure for safe and efficient operation for years to come. Our PW Team keeps the City looking beautiful throughout the year, especially during the summer months.
I also serve as the City representative on the Hwy. 8 Advisory Committee as well as the City representative on the Swedish Immigrant Trail. Last summer Deb and I were honored to be chosen as Wannigan Willie and Loggin’ Lil, the Ambassadors for the Wannigan Days Celebration of the town’s heritage, a task we really enjoyed because we love this place!
As Liaison to the Parks and Recreation it has been my pleasure to assist in bringing the Swedish Immigrant Trail to our doorstep. This project provides a healthy physical benefit to residents and visitors and a tremendous economic boost of to the City. I would like to see the Trail completed, continue to improve the City Parks and to co-sponsor more winter activities such as the Sunday Blue Grass concerts at the TF Community Center.
I have been a salesman my entire professional career. Selling on the foundation of honesty, transparency and positive attitude have always been my trademark and I bring these qualities to the City Council and to the community that means so much to me.
QUESTION #2 If you had to name one thing holding your community back, keeping it from being the best place to live ever, what is that and what do you want to do about it? If I were to name one thing holding the Community back, keeping it from being the best place ever to live, it would be the congestion on Bench Street during peak visitor events. I am sure this Fall’s leaf peeping season is still fresh in everyone’s minds. The colors were the best and most vivid in what some are saying they have ever seen. So was the traffic.
Short of a major highway reconstruction at the intersection of Highway 8 and 95, (Roundabout), I think there are a few things we can try. One such action would be to contact MnDot about adjusting the timing of the traffic lights at the intersection during these busy weekends to even out the flow of traffic in all directions. I would also request additional signage to “Encourage” Highway 8 runners to USE THE UNDERPASS! It is a safety thing. We moved the Big Yellow Chair down the hill to draw visitors away from the mad dash and it seems to be helping.
In conclusion I would remind the voters of the great city of Taylors Falls that you can vote for two candidates this November 3. I ask that you make me one of them because I love this place!
Juli Hobson did not submit answers to the questionnaire.