Mounds View incumbents talk Crossroads Pointe redevelopment and infrastructure

On the Mounds View ballot this November, two city council incumbents are running for re-election without any challengers, and the incumbent mayor is also running unopposed. 

Incumbent council members Bill Bergeron and Al Hull are quite likely to retain their seats, as is incumbent Mayor Carol Mueller. 

Still, election season is always a good time to catch up with elected officials.

The candidates answered questions via email including why they are running, what skills and experiences they will bring to office, what they believe to be the top challenges the city faces and what issues or projects they would prioritize if elected.

Hull did not submit a response to the questionnaire.

 

Mayoral race

Mueller, 64, was elected as mayor in 2016. Before becoming mayor, she was on the city council for a decade, and on the city Charter Commission and Streets and Utilities Task Force. She lives in the city with her husband Dan and received an associate’s degree in accounting from Indianhead Technical College and retired from Target’s finance division after 35 years. 

Mueller said she has skills gained from her experience in city government, and from serving on boards and committees like the Ramsey County League of Local Government, Minnesota Women in City Government as its president, and as car show chair for the Mounds View Festival in the Park event.

“I serve to build community and continue progress in Mounds View,” said Mueller. 

She said she is running again to find solutions to “looming infrastructure repairs,” as well as attracting and retaining businesses and getting property tax relief from developing Crossroads Pointe on Mounds View Boulevard. 

Cleaning up “blighted, vacant, foreclosed properties” that “hurt property values and detract from [the] community image” and returning them to to the property tax base is one challenge facing Mounds View’s future, said Mueller. She also said a lack of firefighter volunteers and a need to replace fresh water treatment facilities as other concerns that could end up costing the city down the road. 

Mueller said public health and safety are perpetually her top priorities, but that fresh water is currently her top concern. 

 

Council race

Bergeron, 62, won his council seat by special election in 2017. He is a test evaluator for Data Recognition Corporation and lives in the city with his wife Cheryl. Bergeron has a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries from Bethel University.

He said he has experience in customer/resident service, and a skill and desire to listen to the concerns of all residents. Bergeron said he has an openness to new approaches to city issues, and a “sense of balance between needs, wants and costs.”

“I am running for re-election because Mounds View is at an exciting and challenging time,” said Bergeron, adding the excitement includes the redevelopment of the Mounds View Boulevard corridor, measuring “demand for services” against “limited state aid” and maintaining city infrastructure like streets and water lines. He also mentioned public safety as a priority. 

“There is a lot of work left to be done,” he said. 

Bergeron said Mounds View’s biggest coming challenge is “seeing into that future and preparing for” the suburb growing and changing to being “younger and more diverse,” while continuing to operate the city “efficiently and effectively.”

Bergeron listed the budget, traffic safety and maintaining infrastructure as issues facing the council. But he said the most prominent current issue is the development at Crossroads Pointe. He said the development is still in the negotiations stages, but, as the development is finalized, Bergeron said his next focus will turn to “neighborhoods and programs” for the city’s youth and seniors.

 

For more information about voting, go to www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting.

 

-Solomon Gustavo can be reached at sgustavo@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.

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