SUN SAILOR: Voters guide for Eden Prairie City Council
Two seats on the Eden Prairie City Council will be on the ballot in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election.
The candidates are incumbent PG Narayanan and Ryan Miske and Lisa Toomey.
The candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer two questions. Their answers were edited for length and clarity.
Address: 8803 Cove Pointe Road
Education: JD and MBA from the University of Minnesota
Occupation: Partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Community involvement: Board member, Northern Star Council BSA; Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth; Minnesota Law Review Alumni Advisory Board; and owner of the Innovation Center at 7500 Office Ridge Circle
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Affordable housing has become a hot button issue across the city and state. How should the city address this issue in light of the decreasing number of available lots in the city of Eden Prairie?
Having a healthy mix of high-quality affordable housing can foster a resilient local economy, and as a City Council member, one of my priorities will be our city’s recovery from COVID and economic growth.
Unlike many neighboring cities, our city does not have an affordable housing policy, so each project is individually negotiated. I support the creation of a written policy to set expectations; A policy that is balanced and works for the good of the whole.
Our strategy should make it possible for empty nesters to downsize and continue living in our city. We also need to ensure that any new project is in the right place. And, we need a strategy to preserve and prevent the decline of existing affordable housing.
A group of residents has been investigating high-quality affordable housing opportunities and challenges in our city. They will present their report to the city council soon. I look forward to hearing their recommendations, which represent many months of investigation and benchmarking.
Do you feel the Eden Prairie Police Department is funded adequately, and if proposed, would you support the reallocation of police funding for other departments within the city?
One of our city’s fundamental responsibilities is protecting our residents and as a City Council member, one of my priorities will be to ensure public safety, including police protection. It is important that we properly support and prioritize our police department, including through the use of technology advancements, so that they receive the equipment and training that they need to prevent incidents and quickly respond to incidents when they do occur.
With proper support, our police department will be able to stay ahead of developing trends and will be prepared for tomorrow’s challenges so that we remain safe and secure.
The city council is currently contemplating a 4.2% increase in the budget for the police department in 2021, which I would support, and I do not support the reallocation of police funding for other departments within our city.
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