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December 4, 2020

10/23/2020 11:39:00 AM

Lisa Iverson

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?  
Hello, I am Lisa Iverson running for a 3rd term as Mayor of the City of Wyoming. I was a councilmember for two years before being elected as Mayor in 2016 and 2018.   I have held office as President of the Wyoming Area Business Association for 6 years, committee member for the Taste of Lakes, volunteer for Stomp Out Suicide, and the current Vice Chair of the Minnesota Mayors Association.  

As Mayor, I attend all events in our city including; Fire Department open houses, National Night Out helping serve food to our residents, Touch a Truck event,  Stagecoach Days at the city booth answering questions, welcoming MS150 participants into our city and cheering them on, speaking to our elementary students about local government, opening comments at the Stomp Out Suicide 5K and last but not least, Serving Our Troops at the 34th Red Bull Infantry division deployment departure ceremony.

I am the liaison to our Planning Commission, and President of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) and I attend all Park Board meetings. I also meet with potential new businesses, the League of Minnesota trainings, and Minnesota Mayors conferences.  

I currently enjoy a full-time career in Sales & Marketing/Customer Service.  My career passion is with seniors and their families, helping them make tough decisions regarding the last phase of their life.

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 abot it?
Four years ago, I ran on the promise of Transparency, Respect, Civility and giving our residents back their voice in their city.  I made a promise to lower city taxes, work with other Chisago County Mayors, and keep our voices in the forefront of our state and federal elected officials.  I have accomplished all those promises.

I worked with city staff and council to enact fail safe budget policies to make certain all our tax dollars are accounted for and budgeted with the best interest of resident’s needs, which has resulted in 4 years of decreasing our city taxes.  Policy changes also include forecasting for future roads and infrastructure, equipment replacement, building maintenance, and a 10-year debt model to ensure our city can continue to plan for our future needs.  The city has a living breathing document that guides the council on our decisions for the next 10 years.

 What is the one thing holding our community back from being the best place EVER is not having a proper Veterans Memorial and History walk in Railroad Park.  The City of Wyoming is rich in history with   many stories to tell, and our Veterans deserve recognition for their service to our country.  Earlier this year, the city council approved a concept plan.  I am looking forward to showing the plan to our community in several community engagement events once we can gather.  

Please vote Lisa Iverson, Mayor of Wyoming to continue moving Wyoming forward!

Nick Kentros
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?  
I am Nick Kentros candidate for Mayor of the City of Wyoming. I bring an open and transparent direction for our city. I have new innovative ideas to lower our property taxes, our utility bills and make our city a more affordable place to live and work. I have never served in public office but I have served on multiple Homeowners Association Boards. I have ran and been re-elected as a director of the current Single Family Association my family resides in, successfully three times. It is a 79 home community with a shared well and septic system valued over three million dollars that our board manages. I have been in equipment sales for the last 15 years for the same company. I have received multiple awards for being one of the top sales-man in the country over that timespan, and for multiple product lines. With my background, I have given many presentations and solved a large variety of issues successfully. Our city needs someone to help us resolve the problems we face and be able to work with the citizens and businesses of our community.

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 abot it?
The city of Wyoming is no doubt an amazing place to reside and raise a family. To keep the community and location advancing we need to make sure our residents and businesses are happy and do not leave. We need to listen to our community better, and we should be acting on what they are telling us. We hear every year at the truth in taxation meeting that everyone’s taxes are high and that the property tax increases come from the County and a citizen should reach out to the County Assessor about the value of their home. The City should be lowering our General Tax Levy and the city tax rate. In 2018 our total tax levy for the City was $3,651,890 and for 2020 the proposed budget is showing it at $4,198,534.The long term plan forecasts our total tax levy up to 5.7 million dollars for our City. They also have put together their proposed long term plan to include revenue generated from a new fee, that would be placed on your gas and electric bill for your home, business or non profit organization to help pay for roads. For those who are on City Sewer and Water we need to look at what can be done to help lower utility rates. In the proposed budget for 2020 they are looking at hiring an additional employee, being paid for out of the Sewer and Water fund and giving another employee a raise where 50% is being paid out of that same fund. We need to be utilizing our current infrastructure and help lower the cost of the fund, not increase it with additional employees. We also need to watch where and how our money is spent. In 2020, the city updated the purchasing policy. The purchase limits went from $5,000.00 up to $10,000.00 for department heads for budgeted items. They also lowered the amount of required bids from three to two for purchases from $10,000 to $25,000.00 I would lower that limit back down to $5,000.00 to make sure when we are spending that kind of money we are using multiple bids and competitive purchasing contracts that are available to municipalities like the Sourcewell or MN State Contract. I would also change the amount of bids required back to three for purchases from $10,000.00 to $25,000.00. The National League of Cities is estimating because of the Coronavirus pandemic, US Cities will experience a total loss of revenue of 134 billion this year and a 360 billion loss over the next three years. Our City needs to demonstrate we have a plan and need a leader who can guide us through like myself. We should also be more transparent, receiving more ideas from the community. Ideally the city would publish via social media when all meetings are held whether it’s a Council, Park Advisory, EDA or the Planning Commission meeting. We should also advertise when there are open seats on these committees, then we can bring in new ideas from our residents to improve our city. We have too many open seats on these committees and I would like more people to apply so we can achieve the best talent to move us forward. There are over 17 parks in Wyoming, some are great and some have been ignored for a long time. I believe we could implement a Adopt A Park program to help bring life to all of our current parks. That would allow our city staff to focus on more skilled projects and help offset the costs by monetary donations or volunteer hours to maintain the parks. The park photos need to be updated on the city’s website as well as the locations posted on Google and Apple Maps so our residents can find their locations. We are home to many businesses and we need to work with them and hear their needs to allow them to grow. We can also increase our business climate to promote entrepreneurship as well as attract new businesses. Wyoming is in a great location, we are off the interstate as well as Hwy 61 and Hwy 8. I have the ability to make our city attractive to potential new businesses and show them just how great we are with location. In closing, we can make the city more transparent, watch our spending, attract new talent to committees, implement volunteer programs, increase our communication and grow our business tax base to continue to make Wyoming the best place to live and I plan to do that as your next Mayor.

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