Advocating for Youth & Seniors
As a board member for the 40-year-old social service organization known as Northeast Youth & Family Services, John has advanced ideas that support youth & seniors. Last fall, John was the ’start times change’ candidate in the Mounds View School Board Election. Besides this effort, John put significant time toward classroom, committee level, and curricular-based initiatives over the last 18 years. His additional investments for kids include 8 seasons of team & board involvement for Shoreview Area Youth Baseball and service as a youth confirmation guide at Incarnation Lutheran Church.
Enhancing City Livability
John is a current Ramsey County Library executive board member, sits on the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries capital campaign steering committee, and served on the Shoreview library design team. In these library-related roles, John has kept the goal of “creating a collaborative learning space like no other” in mind since his first citizen focus group involvement in 2012. By becoming a Shoreview Bikeways and Trails Committee member and Adopt-a-Trail sponsor, John has helped keep an environmental gem polished. On the economic front, citizen activism on the future of the former Rainbow Foods site illustrated his ability to seek out & share public opinion with city officials.
Supporting Local Government
In serving as a crime prevention block captain and attaining a certificate from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy, John developed tools to help our sterling Sheriff’s Department keep Shoreview safe. Additionally, completion of the inaugural 2016 City of Shoreview Citizens Academy strengthened his understanding of city departments, processes & expectations for increasing dialogue among residents.
Are you a wish-cycler who adds items to the bin with hopes they will find their way into the recycling stream? Would you like to help Shoreview restore its status as the city where citizens ‘get it 95% right’ in deciding what’s actually recyclable? Two top environmental educators untangle truth from fiction in this video.
Gramsie Road reopened to traffic on the afternoon of November 4th !! Please take care in driving as the speed limit through the 700 ft. temporarily-fixed section is 25 MPH. The fix does include a top layer of asphalt, which will be removed next spring when a stronger solution is put in place. The situation at Gramsie is under close watch by Public Works, with the help of a private surveying contractor.
If ‘water is the new oil,’ as many experts suggest, could we do a better job of respecting its use? Are you a subscriber to the notion that ‘what gets measured gets done’? By rolling out a new WaterSmart program to all residents, city administrators are providing the opportunity to do both.
Shoreview’s 28-person Public Works department has a happy story to tell. Cost-effective innovation that matches Shoreview values has long been supported by the City Council. Hear more about them from Director Mark Maloney shared in this video of a March Environmental Quality Committee presentation.