Sun Prairie Alder
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District 1 (click to jump to this district)
Emily Lindsey, Incumbent
District 2 (click to jump to this district)
Bill Connors, Incumbent
District 3 (click to jump to this district)
Mike Jacobs, Incumbent
District 4 (click to jump to this district)
Al Guyant, Incumbent
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I have experience, vision, and integrity. My Masters in Public Administration from DePaul University and current job as a Budget & Policy Analyst at the State Department of Corrections, uniquely prepares me to serve a second term as Alder. I currently serve as the City Council’s Representative on the Sun Prairie Public Library Board, and am Chair of the City Council’s Personnel Committee and a member of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. In addition, I served on the Disaster Relief Fund Committee and currently serve on the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? I plan to support and have supported updates at our wastewater treatment facility to handle the increased water that our communities are seeing as a result of climate change. I will also continue to support reducing our energy consumption through the use of solar panels, and green roofs on city buildings. We should also be supporting development that supports such initiatives. In addition, I will continue to support expanding our non-motor transit infrastructure, such as bike lanes and sidewalks.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Yes we absolutely should. I will continue to support policies that encourage development of affordable housing. Promote stable, smart growth city-wide, including housing stock for all income levels. Explore establishing relationships with non-profit community development corporations. Work to ensure that the City’s current housing stock is maintained. Employers in our City need employees and the employees should be able to live where they work, this can be accomplished by having a more diverse array of housing price points.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Transportation is a pressing issue for our community. We are closer than ever to being connected to the Madison Metro bus system with an express commuter route connecting Sun Prairie to downtown Madison. This will be a real game-changer for our community. It will assist families in having a low-cost transportation option while providing an accessible transit mode to those unable to drive. Not only do our residents need access via public transit to Madison, but our employers need their employees to have access to Sun Prairie via public transit. I will continue to make this a priority.
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I am completing my second two-year term on the City Council. I currently am the City Council President and the City Council's liaison to the School Board of the Sun Prairie Area School District. I have served on the Plan Commission and Finance, Public Works and Personnel Committees. I have a Law degree and a master's degree in Public Policy & Administration and served for three years as a City Administrator.
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? I do not have an answer for this question. But under the City Council's leadership, the city government of Sun Prairie has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint, including recently installing solar panels on the roof of City Hall.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? The City Council approved tax increment financing (TIF) assistance for two recent redevelopment projects that include affordable housing components, The McHenry apartments and a new apartment building that soon will be constructed by Gorman & Company. Both of these apartment buildings are located in the central West Main Street corridor. The City Council will consider and likely will support future applications for TIF assistance for redevelopment projects that include affordable housing components.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Creating a plan for how to redevelop parts of downtown Sun Prairie, including the parcels where buildings were destroyed by the July 10 gas explosion and fire, will be an important issue for city government in 2019. In addition, in 2019, we anticipate that the City Council will approve an updated Comprehensive Plan for the city. City govenment will seek input on residents on both of these plans. Increasing the number of good paying jobs in Sun Prairie by attracting new businesses to the city's enlarged business park and the Park 151 business park should continue to be a high priority.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? Any citizen is eligible and qualified in my judgment. I have served in this capacity for four years so I have demonstrated that I am capable in the job. One of the more taxing duties is serving on committees and commissions. In my non-elected professional life I have served on dozens so I am equipped for the research, patience, and consensus building required for success. Being known in the community is useful as well and my church membership, fraternal activities, radio show, sports officiating, and community service have connected me to many people.
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? I think we in Sun Prairie are prudently on this path already. Climate change is only one environmental challenges we face. In the last four years, Sun Prairie has made being “greener” policy. The municipally owned utility has invested significantly in green energy and offers incentives for consumer efficiency and carbon neutral efforts. Schools and government buildings have been fitted for solar panels. Finally, I have stressed that TIF monies hereafter must be conditional including on environmentally friendly building and sustainability practices. For example, a recent developer agreed include bee boxes and to fit garages with electric automobile power outlets.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Yes, we should and we have. Sun Prairie is growing as fast as any city in the state and to think that growth could be of $500,000+ homes is not realistic nor do we wish it to be so. Homes under $300,000 are subject to a “seller’s market” because they are in such demand. The city is trying to help satisfy that demand as well as address our recent “barbell” development by encouraging greater affordable density downtown and near downtown. The city is committed to diversity in housing options.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Youth opportunities. Young people today face enormous pressures and unprecedented distractions. We need to provide outlets for creativity, personal growth, and opportunity. This is true for children challenged with food security issues as well as those who benefit the most from the largess of our society. We need a greater investment in schools (and community schools), not just brick and mortar, but programming that addresses youth’s needs and cultivates their strengths. We make a mistake to think this is solely the work of the school board. What is the role of city council? Funding, participation, recognition, and oversight.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? 4- years of news media and government experience.
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? Every decision must consider how to reduce environmental impact.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Vote for more workforce housing.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Increase engagement of youth to enhance wise choices and thereby also reduce gang development.