According to this Letter to the Editor which appeared recently in SunThisweek, it would appear that at least one family in the City of Burnsville credits Kautz with creating, “a beautiful and dynamic city,” and believes that if the people want a well-governed city to continue they must reelect Kautz.
From the Letter to the Editor:
Decision Resources recently reported the results of an April-May 2012 survey of 400 randomly selected residents and 300 businesses in Burnsville. According to the survey, 89 percent of residents rated life in Burnsville as good to excellent – the metro area’s highest rating.
Eighty-six percent (of responding businesses) indicated that Burnsville was responsive to the needs of business and were satisfied with their interaction with city staff; 87 percent rated the labor pool as good to excellent. This vibrant business climate is due in great part to the leadership of Mayor Elizabeth Kautz over the past 14 years.
What is happening in the Minnesota River Quadrant and the areas around 115th/Rupp Street and south of Highway 42 to Corporate Drive is a real eye-opener. The Goodrich Company is undergoing a large expansion. Northern Tool has grown rapidly. We are fortunate to have many success stories, a result of strong leadership of our council.
While Mr. Slipka is correct in stating what he did about the survey respondents and their ratings, someone may take issue to the third quoted point regarding the Minnesota River Quadrant, et all. According to the same survey results he uses for the first two points, only 2% of business respondents thought that redevelopment was something that the City could do to “improve the business atmosphere in Burnsville”. While it appears that the City of Burnsville may be meeting the needs of Burnsville businesses well, at least according to those surveyed, the only eye-opener appears to be the Council’s push for something that only two percent of their business supporters think is a good idea and 43% (nothing + lower taxes) think should definitely not happen.
Based on your reading of the City’s survey results and all of the positives laid out by Mr. Slipka in the original Letter to the Editor, what do you think about the state of Burnsville? Do you agree with the survey result findings? Were you surveyed? If so are there any responses you care to share? Are you a business owner? Do you think the City Staff does a good job interacting with businesses or are they still as difficult to work with as they were accused of being in 2010? Are the 21% of business respondents complaining about lack of signage permission ignoring the difficulties the City and Staff have over that issue? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.