Urban Otremba has announced he will run for the seat of alderman-at-large for the city of Little Falls.
Otremba said he has served a total of 30 years on the Council, with a couple of two-year breaks. “Over the years, I have seen a lot and was involved in many issues while being on the Council,” said Otremba.
Otremba said he started the push to reduce the Council to eight members in 1985 and helped with the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant to help fund the Little Falls Senior Center. He served on the Library Board from 1985 – 2006 and is now a member of the Friends of the Library Board of Directors.
In 1998, Otremba went to the Minnesota Senate to request funding for the construction of a new library and testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee and helped secure $500,000 for the construction. “I kept a copy of the check,” he said.
Otremba said it was he who brought up the need for a new city garage in 2005, when looking at the 2006 budget. “We looked south of town and north of town and I mentioned tearing down the old garage and building it on the same spot. The land was owned by the city and the tennis court was never used,” he said.
Otremba said he served on the Personnel and Finance Committee for at least 20 years. “And nobody is more conservative than me,” he said.
Constant work is needed throughout the city to maintain what the city has to avoid expensive work caused by delays to what should have been done, Otremba said.
“We can go back to dirt roads, pump our own water, have our own outhouses, or keep up with the systems we have,” he said.
Otremba said he’s running for office again because, “After a two-year absence, I am finding a bit of disharmony at City Hall. But my main reason for running for Councilman-at-Large is to eliminate the position. I tried that several times in the 1990s, but to no avail.”
Otremba also cited the number of tanker trains going through Little Falls. “Other cities are announcing their concern. Little Falls should be at the front of the line,” he said. “Not only through the city, but the trestle over the Mississippi. Little Falls is more vulnerable than most cities.”
If elected, Otremba said he would do as he’s always done. “Meet the needs of the citizens of Little Falls and continue to work with city staff,” he said. “All of them are good people. I helped hire a lot of them.”