Council Accomplishments

This is a compilation of accomplishments and important votes during my first term if service, 2010-2017. Behind many of these, I provide in-depth analysis of facts and decision factors to arrive at my vote. Just check out my 50+ blogs! Communication and transparency, always.

  • Fiscal Discipline: maintained super low tax rate increases (between 0%-3.4%, where 3.4% was an anomaly caused by state law changes) over 8 years while maintaining lowest debt ratio in the state (6% capacity)
  • Transportation: re-imagined Cedar Falls transportation planning - focus on flow, safety and aesthetic (roundabout, bike/ped accommodation, complete streets)
  • City Services: promoted sustainable operations and improved service levels (functional efficiencies, departmental mergers, select privatization, cross-training)
  • Economic Development: ushered in record investment in residential, commercial and industrial development representing new residents, jobs and enterprise.
  • Transparency: led digitization of council documents, expanded broadcasting of public meetings, promoted open/responsive government
  • Goals: presented short-term and long-term vision to council members and staff to assure implementation path for key investments, policy and procedure to enhance the community stakeholder experience

 

Key City Council Votes

  • Yes on Complete Streets Resolution - directed first resolution to consider pedestrian, bicycle, connectivity and context in transportation design
  • No on Hudson Annexation - avoided shifting city boundary at neighboring city’s expense. We should work collaboratively with neighboring cities to elevate the whole, not just the parts.
  • Yes on Neighborhood Speed Calming - design features (mid-block bump-outs, chicanes, trees, etc.) to calm traffic versus control features (stop and speed signs)
  • No on SW Public Works Complex - considered unnecessary facility expansion on economic development property at state taxpayer expense. But once completed, I embraced the opportunity to utilize facility to support departmental efficiencies and share services (with county and beyond).
  • Yes on Energy Efficiency - task force to evaluate cost control through energy efficiency investments
  • Yes to Information Transparency - digitized council and P&Z packets, available electronically
  • Yes to Meeting Transparency - televised council committee meetings
  • No on Employee Loans - opposed loan to ex-Fire Chief, total mis-use of taxpayer dollars. Chief is no longer with the City.
  • Yes on Cedar Valley Alliance - performance-based investment to support regional economic development programs
  • Yes on Comprehensive Plan Update - critical update to old comprehensive plan
  • No on Speed Traps - consistently voted against entrapment
  • Yes on Hudson/1st Street - a study to improve design and function to serve transportation interests
  • Yes on Pubs - opposed gov’t intervention on licenses
  • No on Lock Boxes - opposed gov’t mandate to require keys on front porch of commercial and multi-unit structures.
  • Yes on North Cedar Confluence Plan - comprehensive redevelopment vision for flood-impacted North Cedar, much of which is underway.
  • Yes on Efficient Government - supported budget task force creation to save more than 1.5MM/year in annual operating costs
  • Yes on Code Cleanse - improve code integrity
  • Yes on Pet Freedom - opposed arbitrary limits to pet ownership. Nuisance ordinances are sufficient.
  • Yes on Historic Preservation - created commission support architectural and cultural preservation
  • Yes on Cooperative Government - supported intergovernmental task force to support service and infrastructure cooperation
  • Yes on Mixed-Use Development - supported more flexible land-use to support mixed use reflecting historical development patterns and new residential demands
  • Yes on Balanced Budget - always endeavored to balance budget within means of city providing for necessary service and investment levels
  • Yes on Reducing City Debt - continue debt replacement policy which reduces debt as a percentage of ceiling year-over-year currently at 6% debt capacity - lowest in the state!!
  • No on Dog Bans - advocate for owner responsibility, not breed control
  • Yes on Managing Benefit Costs - advocated for greater cost share for increased benefit costs
  • No on Expanded Alcohol Establishment Regulations - opposed to market interventions
  • No on Dog Bans at Festivals - support owner responsibility versus prohibiting social behaviors
  • No to Added Housing Regulations (limiting cooperative development) - opposed barriers to affordable housing
  • Yes on Long-term Financial Plan - support long-term financial planning including segregated accounts for funding larger projects
  • No on Militarization of our Police Force - opposed arming police with surplus military weapons
  • Yes to Part-time Mayor and City Manager Structure - support for reorganization
  • Yes to Public-Private-Partnership for refuse management - support regionalization of solid waste.
  • Yes to modern management and the Council Scorecard - support operational modernization and reporting effectiveness.
  • Yes to Sunday boating on the Cedar River - support recreation at all time
  • Yes to more public forum - supported greater time allowance for council address
  • No on multi-unit conversion bans - support property owner rights
  • No on applying rental codes to homeowners - support property owner rights
  • No on massive golf subsidies - supported deficit reduction and user-based fees to cover cost of unique service. Today, golf course has been privatized, Play is Up, Experience is Improved.
  • Yes on Metro Cooperation - supported joint task force for efficiency among metro municipalities
  • Yes on public art - supported public-private partnership for art
  • Yes on City Reorganization - supported streamlined departments and director reduction
  • Yes on Public Safety department - supported unified, aligned public safety vision
  • No on rental moratorium - opposed free-market intervention
  • Yes on sidewalk cafes - supported place-making and revenue enhancement
  • Yes on decriminalization - supported civil liberties and individual liberty and personal responsibility
  • No on more rental regs - supported reduced regulation and free market enterprise
  • Yes on refuse collection efficiencies - supported single-sided refuse collection to save expense, reduce environmental impact and enhance
  • route safety
  • Yes to recycling center enhancements - supported infrastructure to handle recycling volume
  • Yes on Cedar River Improvements - support quality of life amenity and Cedar River connections
  • Yes on University Avenue - support accommodating, value-enhancing transportation infrastructure
  • No on naming obsessions - opposed to naming except for limited memorials after historical assessment of impact
  • No on crazy nuisance ordinances - opposed to expanded nuisances ordinances
  • Yes on backyard freedom and urban chickens - support rights of property owner so long neighbor right to peaceful enjoyment is not impaired
  • No on local police for federal drug war - opposed to mandated local cooperation with thoughtless social warrior policy
  • No on landscaping restrictions - support yard freedom
  • Yes on upzoning supporting bold projects - support expanded property rights
  • Yes on Accommodating, Feasible Parking Strategies - support strategy first, infrastructure 2nd.
  • Yes on allowing fireworks with reasonable restrictions - support discharge freedom
  • Yes on eliminating mayoral duty conflict and defining expectations - support sustainable mayoral office
  • Yes on my gratitude and thanks for allowing me to dutifully serve the great citizens of Cedar Falls

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