Cottage Grove City Council candidate Q-and-A: Lisa MeyerA Q-and-A with Lisa Meyer.
What is the biggest issue facing Cottage Grove in the next four years and how would you propose to address it?
The biggest issue we face in Cottage Grove is a long term vision for our city. It is imperative that we create a city that supports our residents and also entices non-residents to visit therefore bringing more dollars in to support our retail businesses. We need a vision that defines Cottage Grove as something more than a bedroom community. It has been stated by our current council that Cottage Grove is one of the last areas in the metro with a significant amount of undeveloped land. With a strong long-term vision this land is a great asset for our city. We have the opportunity to bring in industrial and commercial businesses that provide good-paying jobs and unique retail that appeals to both residents and non-residents which in turn supports the tax base for the amenities that make a city a desirable place to live. We are at a threshold — create a great vision and become an even greater community or squander the undeveloped land.
Why are you most qualified/best choice to serve as a member of the Cottage Grove City Council?
I am the best choice to serve as a member of the city council because I have been personally affected by our current council’s decisions. Two years ago when my own neighborhood received a new road I had the opportunity to talk with many of the homeowners and I did not hear one who was happy about the project. I know many of these people attended council meetings expressing their concern, yet no one I spoke with felt they were heard.
I understand the importance of listening to the residents’ concerns and opinions. I understand how the decisions made by our city can adversely impact our people. In a time when many families are still struggling it is critical that our council members make wise decisions. As a city we need to ensure we are not placing any undue burdens our on residents or business owners and choose our projects and growth carefully.
Why has the City Council’s approach the past four years to major issues — like the new City Hall, attracting commercial investment, budgeting and property taxes — been the right one? Or, is there something you would change?
During the past four years I have seen a council with a personal agenda. Road projects have been pushed through that were unnecessary and strongly contested by the homeowners. A new city hall is currently under construction even though a large group of people have vocalized concerns about the cost and the timing, which has subsequently led to the process of creating a charter to oversee the council. The past four years’ leadership has led to distrust in our city. We need council members who understand they are representing the city, making decisions that benefit the residents and help to create a strong community. If given the opportunity to serve the residents of Cottage Grove I will always take the time to listen to your concerns and will remember that I am your representative.
I ask for your support in November. It is time your voice is heard.
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, formerly in the mortgage industry
Lived in Cottage Grove: 17 years
Family: Married to Scott for 17 years; four children ages 6, 8, 10, 11