Three candidates vie for two city council seats

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Austin Greve

Jane Parker

Denny Roth

By Caroline Rosacker

Note: This is the second in a series of interviews with candidates for Guttenberg municipal and school board offices in the Nov. 7 election. Following are interviews with three candidates for two seats on the city council. 

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Austin Greve

1. Why are you running for city council? I have background knowledge on many current city projects and would like to help continue with long-term city goals. There are unfinished projects and issues I would like to see completed. 

2. What are your qualifications and background? I am a sixth generation born and raised resident of Guttenberg. I graduated in 2001 from Guttenberg High School. I'm a four-year member of the city council. I've been a member of the Guttenberg Fire Department since 2003; was a long-time member of the Guttenberg City Cable Commission; served on the Guttenberg City Park Board; currently serve as Clayton County Firemen's Association secretary/treasurer; Guttenberg Fire Department secretary; vice-president of the Clayton Ridge Dollars for Scholars; and secretary/treasurer of the Guttenberg Heritage Society. I also was a co-chair of the local RAGBRAI committee in 2014. 

3. In your vision for Guttenberg, what changes are needed? My vision is to promote updating the city’s infrastructure. We need better streets — many streets need repair and updated curb and gutter; continue updating water and sewer lines. I believe good communication between departments and the council is important. I think the council needs to continue to work with the hospital board to sustain the local municipal hospital. 

4. What are your budget priorities? I would like to hold spending down within our means, along with completing what needs to be done, especially city infrastructure upgrades. 

Jane Parker

1. Why are you running for city council? To help make financially responsible decisions that will benefit residents, current and new, and welcome visitors to our town.

2. What are your qualifications and background? I've served two terms as council person. I am a member of the pool committee, having assisted with pool design and fund-raising. I am the council representative on the Recreation Board, as I believe providing recreation for our children and young adults is a priority, so as to improve health and wellness and provide safe activities.  I have been with the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinic for 38 years in the Plant Operations Department. I understand the importance of reliable infrastructure, and helping to make the city a place where everyone, especially medical professionals, want to work and live. 

3. In your vision for Guttenberg, what changes are needed? I do NOT believe Guttenberg is a dying town.  I know that we are alive and thriving with wonderful assets including a great healthcare system with a new hospital, a beautifully remodeled Clayton Ridge School, Guttenberg Public Library, our new pool, the Marina Center, beautiful parks, tennis courts, ball fields and playgrounds. So what changes are needed – encourage residents to SHOP SMALL, SHOP LOCAL, to support our existing businesses and to show other possible businesses to open in Guttenberg.  Encourage tourism to support our existing businesses, including investigating more lodging opportunities for our visitors.

4. What are your budget priorities? My budget priorities would include continuing to upgrade the infrastructures of the water, sewer and electric utilities, more street and alley improvements, more resources, including financial, and supporting the many volunteer Boards and the Chamber of Commerce that help to make Guttenberg a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.

Dennis Roth

1. Why are you running for city council? I want to see the community of Guttenberg grow and prosper.  I have lived in Guttenberg for 70 years so I am aware of what has been happening in our community over the years.

2. What are your qualifications and background? I served on the City Council in the Eighties for eight years.  I worked for the City of Guttenberg over 30 years and have been on the Guttenberg Fire Department for 45 years. I have also been on the Church Council at St. John’s American Lutheran for ten years. I am easy to talk to and willing to listen to people and their concerns.

 3. In your vision for Guttenberg, what changes are needed? I want to see Guttenberg keep growing and thriving.  Guttenberg needs to continue attracting young families to live here and new industries/businesses to establish themselves here.

4. What are your budget priorities? Guttenberg’s money needs to be put to good use, prioritizing where it goes.  Each year the council needs to decide what is most important; whether it be improving the streets, police department needs, salaries of city workers, etc.

Throughout each year, the council needs to constantly make sure the money is spent on what is needed to make Guttenberg the best it can be.

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