Weathering the storm and picking up the pace

To the editor:

For the past 10 years, it has been an honor to serve as a Marshall City Council member representing Ward 1. In November, I am asking again for your vote and allow me to continue serving the citizens of Marshall. Marshall is an active, growing community, and I would like to represent you in helping to continue that growth. In the last 10 years, we saw the Great Recession nationwide; Marshall also saw a slowing of growth. We weathered the storm and once again we are picking up the pace.

I grew up in rural Marshall, completed my degree here, and worked in Marshall for 45 years. I have served on many different boards within the community. I believe that experience gives me a unique insight into not only how we got here but what we need in order to keep progressing.

The next four years will task us with several major issues to resolve. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requirements may result in a major change in our water. We see just how critical our shortage of housing needs is with the renovation of Sunrise Apartment.

Several key City department heads have retired with several more in the next year or two. Street repair and replacements are other issues that our city needs to resolve. We need to keep assessments for them balanced and fair.

I am not saying that I have the answers, but I am saying that I will work for you to get solutions that are best for the city both in the short term and for many years to come. We need to make wise decisions today that will impact how our city operates now and years into the future. We need to discuss issues, argue our points, and join together to support our decisions. Consensus sometimes is difficult but division is deadly and doing nothing is just as bad.

Your task for the next 40 days is to interview your candidates and determine who you want on City Council managing your city. I am asking for your consideration and your vote on Nov. 6. Thank you for your support these past years.

Thank you!

John DeCramer

City Council, Ward 1