Monona Alder

Two-year terms
Vote for Three

Candidates:

Kathy Thomas
Nancy Moore
, Incumbent 
Doug Wood, Incumbent 


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Kathy Thomas

Monona, WI 53716
kathyt5903@gmail.com

1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have previously served for many years on the Monona City Council. I have also served on most city committees. Presently, I serve on the Monona Plan Commission. I have been a volunteer serving many community organizations. Currently, I am on the Monona Library Foundation Board, Friends of the Monona Senior Center Board, and Monona Grove Education Foundation Board.

I am currently retired, but I previously served as an Executive Assistant to the Administrator of the Division of Children and Family Services in the Department of Health Services. Prior to that I was an Assistant to the County Executive

2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? The Monona government, with the leadership of the Sustainability Committee has already poised the community to implement strategies that focus on addressing global warming.and its consequences. We have set the tone for the community in various ways, including installing solar panels, using electric cars, maintaining and planting trees, using LED lights, The City must lead by example by implementing strategies to reduce its carbon footprint and then educate, facilitate, and remind the community about strategies to reduce individual carbon footprints.. The City must continue to evaluate and address flood mitigation.

3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Because Monona is landlocked, it is challenging to develop new housing stock. Currently, we have scattered site low income housing and we have several senior housing options that offer low income living units.. Additionally, we currently have a mix of reasonably priced apartments and starter homes in Monona. Our challenge is to maintain Monona as an affordable community for current and new residents.

4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Most of Monona's city buildings are old and outdated and need to be updated or replaced. The facilities for the police and fire departments are inadequate and the City needs to look at building a public safety building. The community center/senior center continues to have infrastructure problems and does not meet the service demands being placed on it by the community. It needs major renovation. The City commissioned a facilities and needs study and has been looking at various options for a while. The City now needs to finalize a long-range facilities plan and implement it.


Nancy Moore

Monona, WI 53716
nwmoor@earthlink.net

1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I bring over 35 years of experience in leadership/management to the role of Alderperson, including 17 as a consultant specializing in organizational development. I guide/facilitate the work of organizations, now including Monona, to ensure the wise use of limited resources. But our decision-making must be both grounded and inspired by a vision of what we want for Monona, community engagement, and innovation in pursuit of opportunities. First elected in 2017. I currently Chair the Sustainability Committee, Plan Commission and Facilities Committee, and I’m a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. I've also served on numerous Ad Hoc Committees.

2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? Monona previously embraced sustainability as a core value and we have made progress. But we must move further and faster in addressing climate change in particular by reducing our energy use, investing in renewable energies, and building our resiliency. We hope to pass a 100% Clean Energy and Resilience Resolution in early 2019, which includes the expectation that every City department and Committee will plan accordingly, proposing changes to ordinances, policies and budgets reflecting this as a priority. We expect to launch several initiatives in support of our businesses and residents making it a priority as well.

3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Monona should definitely take steps to increase the availability of affordable housing. These include diversifying the types of housing available, supporting first-time home owners with no or low interest loans, and integrating or otherwise ensuring that affordable units are available in new developments. I’d like to see that diversification include sustainable pocket neighborhoods and co-housing, giving residents of all ages (and especially our seniors who wish to downsize) an alternative to a retirement community. This diversification of housing has already been called for in a Comprehensive Plan but hasn’t been fully implemented.

4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Monona is somewhat challenged by being landlocked. We (the Council with our citizenry) need to work on a collective vision for Monona and likely revisit our zoning and other ordinances to spur economic development consistent with what is generally referred to as New Urbanism. For Monona that will mean smart, more dense (small and medium-sized, mixed use) development, increased shopping and amenities nearby, and more walkable blocks and streets.


Doug Wood

Monona, WI 53716

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