To the Editor:
I believe City Council meetings should have a friendly atmosphere. From my experience, they do not. Everyone is on edge, and it seems they don't even acknowledge the residents that are in attendance. The staff didn't even look up at the Dec. 15 meeting and they looked as though they would like to be anywhere else. They are employees of Lake Elmo and should act like they enjoy what they do, or quit and get another job.
I was very happy with the results Maplewood electing two very competent new City Council Members, Bryan Smith and Tou Xiong. I am sure they will be a good addition. As usual, I am sorry we did not have a better turn out to vote, so if you didn’t vote don’t complain
I watched the Council meeting of Nov. 17. After this meeting I learned Lake Elmo has hired a parliamentarian. Did the residents have any knowledge of this “new” person and the money it is costing Lake Elmo? The mayor does not have any authority. By the way, I think he has done a fantastic job and has more patience than most people given most of the council members he has to work with. “
Fifty-nine percent of voters believe that the current annual budget of $10 million to $12 million is sufficient. The system is seriously flawed. The correction needs to start by reinstituting discipline. Additional classroom funding should come from slashing the glut of administration, whose focus is on socialization not education.
We are two of the many deeply disappointed parents of the Nov. 3 outcome not to increase levy funding for School District 622. Our three bright, tenacious learners attend Carver Elementary, a school celebrating student diversity, community feel, passionate teachers, and academic performance.
ISD 622 voters just denied another levy request from the school district, and we remain at the absolute bottom of the barrel among metro districts for funding… I’ve been giving everything I’ve got to North High for over 20 years.
Regarding the “Sticky Subject” referred to in the Wed., Nov. 11 article “Voters elect two new faces for city council,” my campaign did not make an issue of Mr. Xiong or Mr. Smith not being homeowners. As a neighborhood attorney, I serve lower to middle income individuals with 70 percent of my clientele falling into a category of being elderly, a minority, a renter, or having limited financial resources.
Our family is incredibly upset that the referendum did not pass. This past week Amy Ledoux emphasized what many families of school-aged children feel.
District 622 is the lowest funded district of the top 20 districts in the Twin Cities, per student. We almost did not move to Oakdale this summer because of the school district. We came from a house in Woodbury.