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Water goals, development in forefront for Thiede

Dave Thiede

Editor's note: This story is part of a series highlighting Cottage Grove City Council candidates. Find the other Q&As here.  

Dave Thiede

  • Occupation: Account manager for ProActive Solutions (Enterprise IT) and consultant for Assembly Partners (Operations Assist for young tech companies)
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, MBA Finance
  • Family: wife - Cindy,  Matt, Dan (Jennifer, Owen), Sarah (Rilee) 

Why are you seeking election?

Because I enjoy making our city a better place to live and I enjoy working with development and future planning.

What skills and qualifications would you bring to public office?

I like contributing my time to help the community and I believe with my background in engineering, finance and operations management and my experience with the city, that the City Council is the best place for me to do this and I have eight years of experience on the council and helped get us where we are today.

What does the city need to do to ensure all Cottage Grove residents have safe drinking water?

We are participating on the government and 3M Work Group. We also have people on the drinking water subgroup, which has yet to meet, and the groundwater recharge — which also has not met.

The state's primary goal for the settlement money is to provide safe drinking water.

The groups will make recommendations to the PCA and the Department of Natural Resources in 2020. Then officials will make the final selections and construction will begin.

The timetable includes:

• A startup phase through December, in which the two panels learn about the polluting chemicals, the scope of the pollution and other background information.

• A planning phase in 2019 when the groups will develop a "conceptual plan."

• An implementation phase starting in 2020, when some projects will start and the groups will monitor their progress.

The subgroups' starts are staggered, beginning this fall, in spring 2019 and in fall 2019.

We won the following awards:

• American Public Works Association Minnesota Chapter — Project of the Year

• City Engineers Association of Minnesota Project of the Year — Special Recognition

• ACEC of Minnesota — Honor Award

Is the city doing enough to attract affordable and life-cycle housing?

YES. With additions to Presbyterian Homes and the building of the Legends we have added considerably to life-cycle housing. We have worked to have developers to put in more patio homes, villas, duplexes and quads. We have other developers that have proposals for 174 units of market rate housing by the old Majestic Ballroom in Langdon area and 150 units at the site of the old City Hall. We are continuing to address the needs of an aging demographic and ensuring we have homes in all ranges of affordability.