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Moving Cedar Falls Forward

Cedar Falls is a great place to live, and keeping it great requires initiative, fresh thinking, and a willingness to be bold. I ran for city council in 2009 promising those attributes and since that time, have absorbed countless experiences that have honed my perspective, leadership style, and effectiveness.  

What I want to do in the next 4 years in four bullets:

  • Minimize taxes - pursue operational excellence in all city departments
  • Strengthen infrastructure - make thoughtful investments to support growth - complete streets, regionalized wastewater treatment
  • Advocate for CF's next signature project - the Cedar River Experience
  • Promote good policy - zoning update, public-private-intergovernmental partnerships, open/transparent/responsive government

 

My recent blog posts:

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    Thank You Cedar Falls!

    Wherever you live, get your vote on!! Local elections have the most direct impact in your life of any level of gov't; the outcome shapes your daily experience. Thank you Cedar Falls for letting me be a part of your daily life. Thank you citizens, volunteers and contributors. Let's Move Cedar Falls Forward on November 5!

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    Taxpayer Stewardship

    I am proud of my previous council work to drive operational improvement in our daily operations and prudent investments for our future. Cedar Falls council needs to continuously assess and evaluate every function government to assure we are delivering the best taxpayer value. Service innovation allows CF to keep service levels high, while minimizing tax burdens to enhance the citizen experience. 

     

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    Cedar Falls Public Safety

    Cedar Falls Public Safety is another example of service innovation in our city. While opportunities exist to improve overall effectiveness, the program has yielded several benefits including a net addition of both policing and firefighting capability through cross training. Let's discuss:

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    Wastewater Upgrades

    Cedar Falls' wastewater treatment plant is nearing the end of its technological life. There are many considerations beyond the project... Waterloo's sewer system decree, multi-jurisdictional management, rate-setting, and true cost (and benefits) of redeveloping the current, downtown site. Given the magnitude of the project and potential benefits, this may be the most important decision facing city council in the next four years. Let's discuss:

     

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    Cedar River Potential

    The Cedar River is our city's greatest natural asset. Cedar Falls has an opportunity to make the river a defining feature of our community. Great things are made possible by public-private partnerships. Let's discuss:

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    Ready to Serve Again

    ExcitedForTheOpportunity.pngNick Taiber is seeking to renew his service to the citizens of Cedar Falls. In his inaugural run in 2009, he ran a spirited campaign to inject new ideas, energy and experience. In 2019, he vows to double-down on his commitment to Cedar Falls and work to unify our city in a common vision with independent, thoughtful and visionary leadership.

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    Neighborhood Solutions

    2119_College_elevation.PNGFor decades, Cedar Falls' traditional neighborhoods have pushed back against the tide of single-family-to-rental conversions. Councils have tried occupancy restrictions, nuisance expansions, enforcement, people-carrying-capacity calculations, moratoriums, conversion incentives and so on.  While the actions are noble in their intent, the impact is hardly discernible. Added residential density around the University is the surest solution for traditional neighborhood concerns.

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    Taiber Says Farewell and Cheers to Eight Great Years

    SignLocator.JPGIt has been a good run Cedar Falls. I count 8 years of gratitude for the privilege of serving the citizens of our great city. With each new day, whether I was in Cedar Falls or a distant land, Cedar Falls was top of my mind. I look back and am reminded how many people helped me on this journey from the first campaign to my last days on the job, from citizens to staff to friends and family, you know who you are, you know I am grateful beyond words.

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    Public Safety Delivers

    PublicSafety.PNGIn 2014, Cedar Falls City Council took a visionary step to modernize public safety services. Under a public safety model, police and fire services are operationally aligned in tactical response, leadership, strategic planning and fiscal management. We are incorporating cross-training, technology and strategy to improve our capabilities. In the old way, police and fire each operated in their silos with minimal interaction, their own bureaucracy and manpower. Cedar Falls is young in its journey, but public safety services are already measurably better and costing less.

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    Council Philosophy & Virtue of Term Limits

    Economy1.pngEvery day is a new day my Cedar Falls friends! While undercurrents of political dissatisfaction seem to exist no matter your political leaning, we can take comfort knowing Cedar Falls is on a solid path. In 2016, we welcomed Mayor Jim Brown and Councilman Tom Blanford to the chambers of 200 Clay Street. We launched the most ambitious road and infrastructure project in the history of our city, University Avenue. We rose above ominous flood waters. We inked an historic agreement for public-private golf operations. We advanced Public Safety modernization. We processed a record level of building permits. On the other side of good, we expanded the government control over our lives from misguided rental code expansion to denying backyard chicken freedom. But on a whole, I am proud of our city's continued progress.

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