Dan has long advocated for a well-maintained and user-oriented parks & recreation system in Roseville. He knows that appealing parks and relevant recreation programs enhance the community quality of life, benefit property values, and improve the health and well-being of our residents – not to mention that they provide a benefit to our environment. He continues to prioritize making park infrastructure funding sustainable, and seeks outreach to make sure parks and recreation programs and facilities meet the needs of the next generations of users.
Dan believes that it is essential to the strength of our community to maintain a balance of housing types and affordability in Roseville. He supports City efforts to understand our local housing market, and to target areas that are under-represented in our current market, with appropriate City assistance. He has worked to make the City’s code enforcement system both fairer and more effective in keeping up Roseville property values for both residents and businesses. He believes the Multi-Family Residential inspection and licensing program ensures safe housing and healthy neighborhoods by addressing code violations and tenant and landlord responsibilities.
Not only does Dan believe that economic development is critical to grow the tax base in order to provide a form of tax relief to all taxpayers in the community, but also that it puts blighted or under-used properties to their most productive use, creating necessary jobs – especially higher-paying jobs – that can support families in the area. Additionally, economic development maintains Roseville’s vitality and desirability into the future, which sustains our existence as a thriving community.
Dan is grateful for the continued evolution of the Roseville Police Department to one that proactively engages with all in our community and provides information and transparency, all the while maintaining a high expectation of professionalism and ongoing improvement. He opposes efforts to undercut local authority and control of this key function of local government through contracting policing services with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office or another third party.
Roseville’s location presents transportation challenges as well as opportunities. Dan believes the City must be a proactive partner with Ramsey County, MnDOT, Metro Transit, and private entities to advocate for and achieve improvements to the roads, transit, and pathway systems that serve our community.
Cities have many unique and important roles in protecting our environment, from stormwater management to recycling to alternative energy usage and promotion. Dan has a record of supporting City efforts toward sustainability and good environmental stewardship, including the geothermal system at the Skating Center, the tree preservation ordinance, and solar installations and solar gardens. Dan initiated Roseville becoming a GreenStep City early in his time in office.
Dan has led efforts by the City to have a long-range view of infrastructure funding needs, and to put into place plans that achieve long-term funding sustainability. He supports all users paying their fair share, and opposes excessive borrowing for rehab of existing infrastructure rather than setting aside cash over time for major expenditures.
Dan always keeps in mind that City budget and tax decisions have real impacts on individuals and businesses in our community. He believes it is important to keep spending in line by carefully considering new programs and their full impacts, as well as by seeking efficiency and shared services with other cities or entities. He also understands the importance of balanced growth in both the commercial and residential tax bases to keep taxes under control.