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ELECTION GUIDE: City of Carlton Council

 

October 21, 2022

Candidates Kelly Lake (left) and Jason Syrett (right).

CITY OF CARLTON COUNCIL

Brent Bodie

Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words)

My wife and I moved to Carlton in 2015 where we are currently raising our two young boys. I enjoy being active in the community, I have volunteered on the fire and ambulance department since 2012 and I have been on the City Council since May of 2018.

What made you decide to run for city council this year? (limit 35 words)

I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as a council member for the past four and a half years and would like to continue serving the City of Carlton.

Funding infrastructure (streets, water, sewer) is a challenge. What are your city's biggest needs and how can they be addressed? (limit 100 words)

Carlton is an older city with some aging infrastructure. The water treatment plant is new, the water tower is well maintained and in good condition, but some of the streets are in rough shape. They have been previously identified in the 2015 Comprehensive Plan to be replaced but funding isn't always easy to come up with for a city our size. The aging water and sewer lines beneath the roads should also be replaced before new blacktop is installed. The city has entered into an agreement with an engineering firm to help identify some cost-efficient infrastructure solutions for us.

Name one other top issue facing your city and how you would like to see it addressed. (limit 100 words)

Due to the unique geographical features such as the large amount of slate rock and lowlands within the city, there isn't an abundance of developable land available. These features limit new businesses and housing projects from happening within the city. I feel that the current council has done a good job supporting our existing businesses that are ready to expand, such as Chemstar, and supporting housing projects like Willows Edge. I think that it is very important that the council continues to support these projects to the best of their ability to keep Carlton a strong community.

Elaborate on something you think the city council has handled well over the past two years. (limit 75 words)

I feel that the council has done very well working collaboratively with Twin Lakes Township on the new water line going west down the Hwy 210 corridor. This water line will benefit Carlton residents long term along with the township's residents. The council and town board were also able to come up with a fiscally responsible solution for the new location of the Jail Project for the city's residents and the whole county.

Why should people vote for you? (limit 35 words)

Being an active member within the community, I enjoy being involved with solving any ongoing issues. I would like your vote so I can continue doing what's best for the city and the residents.

David Sobczak

Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words)

My background is a community member and business owner for 24 years in Carlton. I own Spirit of the Wild Taxidermy.

What made you decide to run for city council this year? (limit 35 words)

I decided to run for city council because I think I have some good ideas to bring to our city. I would also like to see changes made here as well.

Funding infrastructure (streets, water, sewer) is a challenge. What are your city's biggest needs and how can they be addressed? (limit 100 words)

The city sewers are very old in parts of Carlton. I would like to see if there is any funding available for residents to help cover costs from their house to the main line.

Name one other top issue facing your city and how you would like to see it addressed. (limit 100 words)

Our city ordinances are not being followed. I would like to meet with law enforcement, and the council and see how to address the issue.

Elaborate on something you think the city council has handled well over the past two years. (limit 75 words)

The funding for our city's fire department, and our city maintenance.

Why should people vote for you? (limit 35 words)

As a business owner, I take the time to listen to the residents and what they would like to see done. I would like to bring in new ideas to our city.

Denise Coleman Lyng

Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (limit 50 words)

As a resident of Thomson now Carlton for 20 years, I served on Thomson's city council six years prior to and during the 2012 flood and merger with Carlton in 2013-14. I am currently fulfilling a 14-month appointment on Carlton's council for a seat vacated in November 2021.

What made you decide to run for city council this year? (limit 35 words)

I would be seated on a council I respect and appreciate even when we don't agree on issues. I would be serving people in my community that are strong, resilient and move toward the future.

Funding infrastructure (streets, water, sewer) is a challenge. What are your city's biggest needs and how can they be addressed? (limit 100 words)

As a council we will always aim at being fiscally responsible. Within the next five years we will begin the process of discussing, planning and making decisions on three streets that need attention: North, South and Sixth. As future projects present themselves we will respond with due diligence.

Name one other top issue facing your city and how you would like to see it addressed. (limit 100 words)

Carlton has an ongoing challenge of low community attendance at our monthly meetings. I will do my best in creating an inviting atmosphere for people's thoughts, opinions and concerns to be heard and addressed constructively. I believe everyone's input is valuable and encourage their attendance no matter the outcome of the council's vote.

Elaborate on something you think the city council has handled well over the past two years. (limit 75 words)

The council has helped successfully establish a water treatment plant and collaborated with Twin Lakes Township to complete the waterline that connects us. These two major projects have had a responsible environmental impact, strengthened our infrastructure, addressed previous needs, and built a positive relationship between our two communities.

Why should people vote for you? (limit 35 words)

As a small business owner, I am aware of fiscal responsibilities. My intent is to support ideals that continue to make Carlton a city people can be proud of and want to live in.

 
 

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