Cityscape October 2013 : Page 4

President’s Viewpoint l We’re better together s your Board President, let me begin by saying what a pleasure it is to serve you. I am honored to be elected as the President of the Iowa League of Cities. For those of you that I didn’t meet at the League’s conference in Dubuque, let me begin by introducing myself. My employment with the city of Waterloo ended in 1998 when I retired from the Waterloo Police Department after 18 years of service. From 2001 through 2004 I once again served the city, this time as a city council member. I am now serving my second term as mayor of Waterloo and hoping to be elected for a third term this November. Like many communities, Waterloo has endured some struggles in the past few years. However, we’ve also seen tremendous growth and revitalization. Development along our riverfront continues, including the addition of the RiverLoop Amphitheater, the Cedar Loop Public Market and the Exposition plaza. Housing in downtown Waterloo also con-tinues to grow. In fact, downtown Waterloo is experiencing a resurgence of downtown urban living and is being re-born as a safe, populated and vibrant community. I believe very strongly that the chief executive officer, and other city leaders need a positive attitude and need to con -vey that positive attitude on behalf of the city every chance we get. However, that doesn’t mean we can turn a blind eye to the struggles of our city. Like a number of cities, Waterloo was pleased with the work John Hall and Associates did in representing the League in their court battle against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But the battle contin-ues within our cities, including Waterloo. We are seeing increased regulations that are expensive to implement. At the same time there has been a reduction in the federal and state resources used for this exact infrastructure development. Costs for maintenance and development of our essential infrastructure for roads, water and wastewater increase each year, so our cit-ies have become adept at doing business for our citizens in an efficient manner. As we continue to be vigilant protectors of our city’s resources – financial and natural—we can also call on the League to join us. The work done in League vs. EPA is a large-scale example of the work we can accomplish when cities join together. In fact, that kind of collaboration is the very reason this organization was founded in 1898. That year a small group of city officials met in Marshalltown to exchange ideas on how to strengthen and improve local government in Iowa. We continue that tradition today on League committees, task forces, the Executive Board and in the legislature. Today, as I write this column, I’m relieved to report that the mayoral race in Waterloo is uncontested. So as I continue to work toward growth and prosperity in Waterloo, I commit to doing the same for the cities of Iowa as your League Presi-dent. The success of our cities is essential to the success of Iowa. Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark A Buck Clark | Waterloo Mayor | President, Iowa League of Cities EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Buck Clark, Mayor, Waterloo, (319) 291-4301 l President-elect: Warren Woods, Mayor, Creston, (641) 782-2000 Immediate Past President: Reynold Peterson, Mayor, Spencer, (712) 580-7200 l Past President: Kris Gulick, Council Member, Cedar Rapids, (319) 286-5051 Past President: Ruth Randleman, Mayor, Carlisle, (515) 989-3224 DIRECTORS Patty Anderson, City Clerk/Administrator, Hartley, (712) 928-2240 l Lori Brown, City Clerk, Wilton, (563) 732-2115 | Ann Campbell, Mayor, Ames, (515) 239-5105 l Kay Cmelik , City Clerk/Finance Officer, Grinnell, (641) 236-2600 l Kim Downs, City Administrator, Hiawatha, (319) 393-1515 Jim Erb, Mayor, Charles City, (641) 257-6300 | Jim Ferneau, City Administrator, Burlington, (319) 753-8124 l Clint Fichter, City Manager, Avoca, (712) 343-2424 l Linda Gaul, City Clerk, Earlville, (563) 923-3365 l Jim Heavens, Mayor, Dyersville, (563) 875-7996 | Gregg Mandsager, City Administrator/Clerk, Muscatine, (563) 264-1550 | Scott Peterson, City Administrator/Clerk, Lake View, (712) 657-2634 | Adam Schweers, Mayor, Carroll, (712) 792-1000 l Matt Walsh, Council Member, Council Bluffs, (712) 328-4616 LEAGUE STAFF Elisabeth Bender, Administrative Assistant l Bruce E. Bergman, General Counsel l Shannon Busby, Office Manager l Bethany Crile, Com-munications Coordinator l Alison R. Deiter, Accountant l Kim Gannon, Claims Examiner l Monica Grubbs, Administrative Assistant l Jeff Hovey, Director of Risk Services l Matt Jackson, Claims Manager | Cindy Kendall, Extension Program Specialist l Tim Kirgan, Marketing Manager l Alan Kemp, Executive Director | Jenny McKenzie, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Dustin Miller, Governmental Affairs Manager l Dana Monosmith, Controller l Erin Mulle-nix, Research and Fiscal Analyst | Ed Morrison, Loss Control Representative l Ryan Pealer, IT Tech Support l Cale Rizer, Medical Only Claims Examiner l Heather Roberts, Director of Information Services l Dean Schade, Senior Loss Control Representative l Mickey Shields, Assistant Director of Membership Services l Ron Sinnwell, Loss Control Coordinator l Terry Timmins, General Counsel Mark Tomb, Director of Membership Services l Amanda Werner, Administrative Assistant l Katie Wheeler, Graphic Designer | Chuck Williams, R.N., Senior Claims Examiner Tiffani Williamson, Accounting Assistant 4 Cityscape October 2013

President’s Viewpoint

As your Board President, let me begin by saying what a pleasure it is to serve you. I am honored to be elected as the President of the Iowa League of Cities. For those of you that I didn’t meet at the League’s conference in Dubuque, let me begin by introducing myself. My employment with the city of Waterloo ended in 1998 when I retired from the Waterloo Police Department after 18 years of service. From 2001 through 2004 I once again served the city, this time as a city council member. I am now serving my second term as mayor of Waterloo and hoping to be elected for a third term this November.<br /> <br /> Like many communities, Waterloo has endured some struggles in the past few years. However, we’ve also seen tremendous growth and revitalization. Development along our riverfront continues, including the addition of the RiverLoop Amphitheater, the Cedar Loop Public Market and the Exposition plaza. Housing in downtown Waterloo also continues to grow. In fact, downtown Waterloo is experiencing a resurgence of downtown urban living and is being re-born as a safe, populated and vibrant community.<br /> <br /> I believe very strongly that the chief executive officer, and other city leaders need a positive attitude and need to convey that positive attitude on behalf of the city every chance we get. However, that doesn’t mean we can turn a blind eye to the struggles of our city. Like a number of cities, Waterloo was pleased with the work John Hall and Associates did in representing the League in their court battle against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But the battle continues within our cities, including Waterloo. We are seeing increased regulations that are expensive to implement. At the same time there has been a reduction in the federal and state resources used for this exact infrastructure development. Costs for maintenance and development of our essential infrastructure for roads, water and wastewater increase each year, so our cities have become adept at doing business for our citizens in an efficient manner. As we continue to be vigilant protectors of our city’s resources – financial and natural—we can also call on the League to join us.<br /> <br /> The work done in League vs. EPA is a large-scale example of the work we can accomplish when cities join together. In fact, that kind of collaboration is the very reason this organization was founded in 1898. That year a small group of city officials met in Marshalltown to exchange ideas on how to strengthen and improve local government in Iowa. We continue that tradition today on League committees, task forces, the Executive Board and in the legislature.<br /> <br /> Today, as I write this column, I’m relieved to report that the mayoral race in Waterloo is uncontested. So as I continue to work toward growth and prosperity in Waterloo, I commit to doing the same for the cities of Iowa as your League President. The success of our cities is essential to the success of Iowa.<br /> <br /> Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark

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