To provide our readers with information to help them in their decision-making at the polls, the Record sent out a questionnaire to each of the candidates for the two-year seat vacated by Rob Habermann and two year seat temporarily filled by Ed Zimny on the Royalton City Council. Only candidates in races where the candidates outnumbered the seats available were sent questionnaires. In Royalton, two candidates filed for the two-year seat.
The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and to respond to the following questions. Each of the responses was limited to 100 words. The questions asked included:
1) If local government aid (LGA) is reduced even further, or cut altogether, what will you do to balance the city budget?
2) What will you do to bring more business and residents to your city?
3) What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the city now and in the future?
Brandi Blais, Candidate
Introduction: My husband and I have been residents of Royalton for four years now and welcomed our daughter two years ago. We have enjoyed living here and I feel it is time for me to take a more active role in the community. The last couple of years my husband has become involved in our community through participating as a volunteer firefighter and first responder and I believe I can make my contribution by serving as one of your city council members.
Question 1: With the continued concerns with the economy, the chances of reduced local government aid (LGA) seem to be a very real concern. Adjustment to that would have to be done by looking at what we have, what services are necessary to continue to provide and if anything can be cut back in order to maintain a balanced budget. I believe that even though LGA may decline there are often organizations out there providing grants for different programs and this is something the City Council could continue to take advantage of and work hard to obtain.
Question 2: I would have to first determine what areas are available to expand for businesses and which ones would be appropriate. As far as bringing more residents in, I believe continuing to have good community programs and keeping our community clean are important. For my husband and I, the extra distance to St. Cloud wasn’t as much of an issue when we saw how nice the community was and how quick a drive it was down Highway 10.
Question 3: I have been very pleased with Royalton. I am sure if elected I will learn from residents what their concerns are and work hard to address them.
Scott Walberg, Candidate
No response was received from this candidate.