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.
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:
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:
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:
Nick 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.Read more
For 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.Read more
It 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.Read more
In 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.Read more
Every 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.Read more
Rejoice, the election is over. And while some may not like all the outcomes, we are resilient. Our greatness doesn’t come from our government, it comes from the people. The day our nation’s mood is set by political outcomes, is the day government has become too big, too high stakes. For my race, I am beat up and spit out, disappointed, yet grateful to have the opportunity to run. I offer reflections on my Independent bid for Iowa House District 59 in the words to follow.