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Christine Posey, Incumbent
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Sarah Gaskell, Incumbent
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Charlotte Jerney, Incumbent
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Heather Reekie, Incumbent
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I committed myself to community service at a young age. Those values influenced my education in Sociology, Urban Studies, and Project Management. I have worked as a Director in Non-Profit Management and in Social Services with youth and families from rural, urban, and suburban communities. My work style is creative, analytical, and respected by colleagues. I impact the community around me by: creating and implementing community programming for diverse age and socioeconomic populations, managing a budget greater than $1 million, maintaining the operations of multiple community facilities, advocating with local and statewide governments, and serving with volunteers and committed professionals.
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? Managing a community’s response to climate change is challenged or pushed forward by the understanding and needs of its citizens. The first step is staying aware of evolving scientific models that create a current picture of our environment and predict future impact. Considering the current data, it is then necessary to do a review of the infrastructure and local processes for natural resource management to ensure it will be effective during unplanned weather events. This should be partnered with resources for residents regarding home preparations as well as networking with other communities to help provide education, resources, and emergency response.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? I believe that a great community includes diversity. Verona has been growing quickly and needs to identify a way to serve the residential needs of current and future residents. As we grow, we should ensure work-force affordable housing as a part of the growth plan. This will ensure that we are able to become a city where families can live and work in a great community far into the future.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Most important is engaging with the local community members to identify ways to keep the Hometown USA feel as we grow and develop. I have watched significant growth in recent years and am concerned that we could lose the feeling of being a cohesive community as we grow. We need to ensure that Verona is Hometown USA for generations to come.
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? For most of my career, I have worked in the non-profit sector. I am very familiar maximizing the greatest benefit from minimal financial input. Building consensus around community projects has been a cornerstone, and the success of my work is only possible through transparent, inclusive communication. During my council tenure, I was elected by my peers to be council president and was appointed as the council representative to the Plan Commission, and am the Personnel Committee chair. I am on the board of the Verona Area Education Foundation and am a member of the New Century Elementary School governance council.
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? In the Fall of 2018, Dane County experienced a 500-year storm event which caused significant damage. As an Alder, I am interested in exploring improving our current design standards to account for more than a 100-year storm, which is the accepted norm. Restricted by state statutes, this may prove challenging but possible strategies could include the promotion of developer incentives to achieve better on-site stormwater management. We will also model environmental initiatives as a city when we construct our new Public Works facility, encouraging the use of recycled materials, solar panels and innovative strategies for decreasing our environmental footprint.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? As Alder, my colleagues and I have been exploring the creation of workforce housing options within Verona. I personally requested funding for a housing study, which resulted in the creation of the CARPC Housing in the City of Verona report. Once finalized, the City may use this data to guide future development. As a council, we have approved several infill development and residential projects that provide a wide range of housing options and price points. I will continue to advocate for all residents’ housing needs as a member of the Council and the Plan Commission.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? As part of an agreement between the City of Verona and the Verona Area School District, the City will acquire a very desirable parcel of land in the heart of our community. The New Century School building will remain intact as part of the transaction. As a community and as a council, we have the opportunity to create a fantastic civic amenity. Careful and thoughtful consideration of development possibilities, and a thoroughly transparent and robust public process are paramount to the successful outcome for this property.
Verona, WI 53593
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? Qualifications for public service include a 28 year career in the United States Army as a Nurse Corps officer including leadership positions in complex health care sysems while serving in the Army and in private and public health care organizations. Through education and experience I have been committed to a servant orientation to serving my country and others and conducting myself as a responsible citizen. After being appointed as an alder as the result of a vacancy, I have served on two City commissions (Parks, Recreation and Forestry and Tourism) and three committees (Senior Services, Dementia Friendly and Personnel).
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? Conservation principles are applied during the city planning process when reviewing growth and development projects with the goal of preventing water and soil drainage to new and existing properties. Fostering public health and safety is also reviewed and monitored for compliance and development and maintenance of the infrastructure is key to the structural integrity of the community. My resolution to the citizens of Verona is to support city planners in achieving repsonsible growth and development and hold developers and builders accountable in adhering to environmental and safety standards and code.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Retaining existing affordable housing is a concern with new development in a desirable community and needs to be addressed with each new development proposal, especially within the perimeters close to the City center. Working with City planners will be necessary to salvage affordable and safe housing in meeting affordable housing needs.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Verona is in a growth mode, and the Council is aware of how attracting commercial business that includes the environmental measures and public health and safety in their values will benefit the City. Madison is an initial destination for visitors and Verona has entered into an agreement with the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. This provides an opporunity for Verona to further develop as a regional destination that takes advantage of resources that provide for various sporting events, lodging and dining facilities and access to the rural and small town landscape of Southern Wisconsin.
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? My participation in Verona’s local government for half the time I’ve lived here has provided me the opportunity to learn the needs and desires of more of my neighbors and support a positive community. I believe that communication is of the utmost importance, have emphasized effective communication throughout my career as a speech and language pathologist, and reflect this in my advocacy for open government throughout my three aldermanic terms. I would like to continue to provide effective communication on Verona’s subcommittees and Common Council in order to help ensure Verona remains a superb place to be.
2. How would you plan to prepare your city for predicted consequences of climate change? Verona has already experienced flood damage because infrastructure to sustain a 100-year storm is no longer adequate. Since such storms are occurring more frequently due to climate change, the City needs to require developers to include rigorous plans for storm water management, potentially including building to 500-year storm standards. Verona can support development that makes use of rain gardens, decreases impervious surface area, reduces phosphorous use to increase the cleanliness of the water flowing into our precious lakes, and creates infrastructure that increases opportunity to walk and bike in Verona, thus decreasing our carbon footprint and contribution to climate change.
3. Should your city take any steps to increase the availability of affordable housing? Yes, it is important for Verona to provide a variety of housing opportunities, including work force housing, so that all people who work in Verona can also live there if they desire. In order to increase the amount of affordable housing, the Verona City Council can connect developers to county, state, and federal grant opportunities, explore other means of support, perhaps through a revolving loan fund, and enhance developers’ creativity in expanding the use of these options.
4. What other important issue faces your city, and what could your city council do to address it? Supporting positive working relationships with other government entities in and around Verona, and continuing to ensure that Verona has the best staff possible to provide services for its citizens are paramount issues. Verona’s City Council will maintain a high level of public safety during construction of a new high school, access roads, and other large development projects, with an emphasis on open communication and collaboration among stakeholders. The City Council will ensure that the highest quality leaders move Verona forward.