As entertaining (?) as the presidential campaign can be, let’s not forget that local elections are important too.
Here is a link to last night’s candidate forum for West St. Paul. Remember that Smith Avenue and Dodd Road are scheduled for reconstruction by MnDOT in 2018, but any improvements/upgrades not directly related to the roadway or bringing sidewalks to basic ADA compliance will be up to the city. The Smith/Dodd corridor is in Ward 3, John Ramsay and Dave Napier are the candidates for that seat. Jenny Halverson is challenging David Meisinger for mayor.
To briefly recap the responses, Napier supports implementation of the city’s bike/pedestrian plan, Ramsay says because he and his immediate family seem to have no trouble getting around, he sees no reason to change the status quo.
Because of the timeframe for this project, this election could have implications for our neighborhood for decades to come. The choice is pretty clear, depending on whether you want to see changes or if you like things the way they are.
Please research the candidates carefully and choose wisely.