According to the most recent city survey of residents, a safe city is the most important aspect of quality of life in our community, and safety should continue to be the city’s focus. We need to support our First Responders with the resources necessary to effectively perform/carry out/accomplish/fulfill their role of keeping us safe. I support preserving our highly-rated public safety services as we grow.
We are fortunate to have over 125 miles of scenic pedestrian and bike trails and 1,700 acres of beautiful public parks and open spaces with diverse recreational opportunities for all ages. Our newest neighborhood park includes a “We-Go-Round” for children in wheelchairs, and we have the opportunity to enhance additional parks with inclusive playground equipment.
Residents showed support of our parks by overwhelming passing a Parks Bond Referendum in 2021. THANK YOU! Renovations have begun at Ritter Farm Park, and the replacement of basketball courts has been completed. Plans for adding new trails and connect existing trails, improving the Lakeville Area Arts Center and Antlers Park, and constructing of multi-use pavilion at Hasse Arena and Avonlea Community Park are in the works to be completed by 2024.
Partnerships play a vital role in Lakeville. The Lakeville Hockey Association and Heritage Figure Skating Club have committed 1.5 million to the outdoor multi-use pavilion at Hasse Arena. Our business community contributed toward the “We-Go-Round” for a neighborhood park. The Lakeville Lions are donating $500,000 toward the new splash pad at Avonlea Community Park. And funds from our Lakeville Liquor store customers go toward our local food banks and specialized equipment for our fire and police departments.
We have multiple partnerships with Dakota County with our roads, trails and health services, to name a few. The Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce is our partner in economic development and the Lakeville Works job program.
We need to continue to find opportunities to partner with organizations and other government entities that will benefit our community.
My philosophy of public service, first and foremost, means serving the public, not myself. I will ask the hard questions and listen to both sides of an issue. I won’t be a “rubber stamp” council member. Residents care deeply for our city’s well-being, and I will work hard so that their voices are heard on community matters.