Tom Hughes interveiws Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann - March 2016
On March 17, 2016 I made a presentation to the Noontime Kiwanis Club about City issues and activities. I thought I’d share my notes so that you can all see the City’s focus for 2016.
The analogy I used to frame my presentation was that of taking a trip. When I travel I spend considerable time planning the trip, everything from what I need to take, how much money I need, the schedule, and the actual location logistics. I always feel excitement up until the moment I leave. As we depart for the airport, I usually have some anxiet…Read full article »
As Red Wing starts looking forward to spring, it’s a good time to reflect back over the past year and take stock of our city’s recent accomplishments. We were a busy community in 2015, investing significantly in capital infrastructure and initiating new partnerships. I’d like to take this opportunity to note a few highlights.
Strategic Plan: City Council led a community process to update the City’s Strategic Plan. (Due to lots of hard work, the last Plan, adopted in 2012, has been largely completed.) The City Council and Mayor created a process of gathering information from residents a…Read full article »
Holidays for children often include the mystery of the “Elf on the Shelf”. Either this wasn’t popular when I was a child in the sixties or my parents didn’t have the inclination to participate. Either way, hearing the word ‘shelf’ reminds me of what cities are often criticized about, and that is creating a “plan on the shelf”. There are many circumstances where this is absolutely true. Someone comes up with an idea for an improvement, a new service, or a way to improve efficiencies and a study is done. In the end, leadership may change or the improvement isn&rsqu…Read full article »
One of the areas of activity in the City at this time of the year is recruitment of Board and Commission and Authority members. Board and Commission and Authority members are citizens who serve in a volunteer capacity to advise the City on City legislative matters. Mayor Bender is leading the effort to recruit citizens to serve on one of the twelve boards/commissions/authorities with the assistance of other elected and appointed leaders.
I’d like to share some thoughts on the role and importance of boards and commissions in our City organization and encourage you to consider participating in this key ro…Read full article »
There is nothing more important to our country than elections. Elected leaders are responsible for establishing the election policy. Administrative Government staff are delegated the responsibility of conducting elections according to Federal and State law. Our responsibility as citizens is to vote. I think most people get that, but what I find to be a little bit of a secret is how much work really goes into conducting elections.
I’d like to give you a little insight into the election process and highlight a couple of important election dates. The City’s Chief Election Official is the City Clerk. …Read full article »
The Red Wing City Council has asked me to start blogging. Improving communications isn’t a new idea, but blogging is new to our organization. Our Information Services Director, Laura Blair, recently led a team of folks in a redesign and upgrade of the city’s website that allows for blogging to occur. Articles that I have read say that you should share issues or projects that are significant. Others say, be natural and tell the word what’s important about our community. In my mind, there isn’t ever a lack of topics to discuss in Red Wing. The challenge is narrowing it down to a couple su…Read full article »