I would like to thank each of you for the support you have given me in my re-election campaign this year.
Thanks to your support and the votes of the citizens of Ward 6, I will continue my work to improve the Eastside and Saint Paul.
Thanks also to the many volunteers and contributors who helped install lawn signs, drop literature door-to-door, make phone calls, and helped with mailings.
Together we will continue to seek reinvestment in our neighborhoods, improve the quality of life and make our Eastside neighborhoods even stronger.
If you have concerns about a neighborhood issue or need help with a city concern, please feel free to contact my office at 651-266-8660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your support and confidence in me...and the Eastside!
Councilmember Dan Bostrom
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I am writing to thank you for your continued support and involvement in our community and to ask for your help as we approach election day on Tuesday, November 8th. As I prepare for that election – now less than a month away – I continue to ask for your support, time and ideas.
I have committed my efforts as a City Councilmember to keeping our city and its neighborhoods safe, desirable places for families to live, work and enjoy, and businesses to grow and prosper. In the past year, we have worked overtime to bring renewed investment to Ward 6 and across Saint Paul. Here are a few of the highlights:
We completed a $4-million street repaving program begun in 2009 in the Duluth-Case neighborhood. This year, we also finished a $3.2-million repaving in the Hillcrest Knoll neighborhood. Both neighborhoods will benefit from repaved streets, new gutters, curbs, lantern-style streetlights, improved sidewalks, upgraded water and sewer connections, and new boulevard trees.
Reconstruction of Payne Avenue continues. In 2009, we completed the work from East Seventh Street to the bridge. This year, we finished everything northward, up to Cook Avenue. This year, we picked up from there and complete the area northward to Orange Avenue. This includes all new sidewalks, boulevard trees, and lantern-style lights that truly complement Payne Avenue’s historic nature.
Protecting Lake Phalen and investing in PhalenPark continue to be a main focus of my efforts. Next year, you will see the canals linking Lake Phalen and Keller Lake enhanced and cleaned out to enable canoeing and to restore the natural shoreline. If you visit Phalen Park today, you will see the restoration of the historic Phalen Park Stone Arch Bridge, which will reopen next year. This will connect the trail system and restore a structure that will last another 100 years. This year, a community task force completed the new Master Plan for Phalen Park, the first update in more than 30 years. The City Council formally adopted the new Master Plan earlier this year. This will set the stage for continued investment in this primary neighborhood asset. Thank you to Representative Tim Mahoney who helped initiate the Master Plan process and canal restoration.
On a sunny fall day in September 2010, Mayor Chris Coleman and I joined neighbors to dedicate the new Eastside Heritage Park. Located along Phalen Boulevard, nestled between Neid Lane and Arcade Street, the city’s newest park honors our collective Eastside history and will serve as an entry to the Bruce Vento Trail. Make a point to stop by to enjoy the picnic shelter, history displays and raingarden. Community Councils 5, 4 and 2 collaborated to design the park and to bring Eastsiders together for its dedication.
With the support of Mayor Coleman, the city has committed $14 million of its federal Rebuild America bonding to build a new community center, park and library at Payne & Maryland Avenues. This project will bring the long-overdue replacement of the Arlington Recreation Center and a new library to benefit this underserved neighborhood. The city will collaborate with non-profits groups and other partners to redevelop the area and to provide additional opportunities for learning, recreation, and community activities.
Two important traffic and pedestrian safety improvement projects were completed this year. The reconstruction of all the crosswalks on Minnehaha Avenue and on Arcade Street makes these crossings safer and accessible. New turn lanes in Phalen Village have improved access to the successful Cub Foods and nearby shops, and to Hmong Village.
Through the efforts of the Port Authority, we have completed redevelopment of the old Griffin Wheel Works site and continue to redevelop the 3M campus. Baldinger Bakery has begun production at their new facility on Phalen Boulevard. The $30-million project will eventually employ more than 100 people. HealthEast Medical Transportation, just south of the Arcade Street bridge, has completed its $4.5-million dollar facility that will house 120 workers. The building will be used for administration, communications, training and vehicle maintenance As a Port Authority commissioner, I am pleased to see both sites resurrected from contaminated brownfields to valuable community assets producing new jobs and an expanded tax base.
As in the last election, we will run a vigorous, contested campaign. It is important to have the resources and vilunteers necessary to tell our story. Therefore, I am asking for your support at this important juncture. Again, thank you so much for your support in the past and for your involvement in our community.
P.S.: Contributions in calendar year 2011 are limited to $300 per person or organization (or $600 per married couple). Please consider making a contribution by mail or by making a safe, secure electronic contribution, using the link below. Thank you.
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