Recent newspaper stories describe plans for large-scale solar fields built by Xcel and proposed community solar gardens built by entrepreneurs. The political, technical, and legal “climates” are such that it is a good time to work toward integrating solar power into the Roseville community. Consequently, last week, a small group of interested residents and City officials met to learn about the current state of affairs, with interest in starting to explore solar possibilities for Roseville.
In a recent Roseville Review, a letter writer suggests that the issue of private vs. public trash pickup is one of choice. I respond, who the heck cares who picks up their trash so long as it gets picked up?
The Roseville City Council has committed to conducting a telephone survey at a cost of some $17,000 of some 400 residents regarding most all of the services the city provides. Although the survey will provide some information about the opinions of some residents regarding these services, there is only one question among the 100 or so questions that is important to note, and that is the one regarding Roseville’s trash collection.
Improving transportation needs to be a priority at the legislature this session. At Transportation Day at the Capitol, hundreds of transportation advocates, including myself, came together to voice our support for investments in transportation. Without immediate action on transportation, Minnesota will lose its best talent, our businesses will experience higher costs, and we will fall further behind. 2014 is the year to make real improvements to Minnesota’s transportation system.
I want to commend Falcon Heights Mayor Peter Lindstrom and the entire City Council for their recent commitment to protect our local youth by updating the city tobacco ordinances. Interestingly, soon after these changes were made, the pharmacy chain, CVS, announced it would no longer sell tobacco in its stores. These kinds measures are all important in creating a healthy community.
According to a recent article, the Brooklyn Park City Council is considering passing a wildlife management policy so it can deal with “the over-population of deer, feral cats and dogs and aggressive geese guarding park paths.”
As a participant in the Transportation Day at the Capitol, I advocated for a more comprehensive and sustainable transportation funding package that fully addresses the needs of the state’s transportation infrastructure. Transportation is essential to creating opportunities for families and businesses across Minnesota. Investments in transportation will make Minnesota more economically competitive by increasing access to high-paying jobs and attracting employers to strengthen our economy.
I encourage the City of Roseville to move forward with an organized trash collection system. Recently the city signed a contract that expanded the number of materials we can recycle. Moving forward to an organized trash collection system would mean amongst other benefits, our trash would also have value as a resource for generating energy.