Question 5) How to maintain character of Evansville in light of the growth.
Sandy: Downtown revitalization-Smart Growth-Set aside money to replace trees-Replace trees in park-Use parkland dedication fees
Karen: New economic development-Planning ordinance & design requirements on developers
Sandy rebuttal: Need design standards for commercial development and stricter landscaping requirements.
Question 6) What is your position on the viability of maintaining Lake Leota?
Karen: "My choice is to restore." It takes dedication to maintain. Doesn't know where money will come from yet.
Sandy: Committed to restoration. Work with options being explored by SOLE. Using volunteers to remove silt
That ended the Chamber derived questions and opened the discussion to questions that the audience had delivered before the forum.
Question 1) Explain your public experience and motivation
Karen: Experience on Budget and finance Committee and Planning Commission, Board experience. Natural segue to Mayor
Sandy: No public office before but has served on Historic Preservation Committee-Proud of her work with the Wauwatosa Library Board during a contentious time. "I love Evansville." "I have the skills and abilities to devote to the office."
Question 2) How to improve communication between Police Commission and Police Department.
Sandy: Shared that her husband is on Police Commission. Described our PC as Independent and only able to act on citizen complaints. No direct relationship with department.
Karen: All committees need better communication. Didn't have good relation to recent events.
Question 3) How to maintain rate of residential development.
Karen: Stressed agreements in place and that the Planning Commission and developers are both comfortable with them.
Sandy: Questions persist about absolute limits. The elementary school is at 90% Must keep growth moderate to allow school to keep up.
I'll conclude next time...