Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Share something most people don’t know about you.
Resident of Shorewood for over 19 years, 10 years as a council member, married for 26 years with children in college.
I design and produce downloadable video games.
What sorts of thoughts come to mind when you think of Lake Minnetonka?
The lake has a long history of great recreation, while still being very close to the Twin Cities and its benefits. I like to think of it as a two-for-one advantage. Home and cabin in the same building. The lake is the force that surrounds us and binds as together is one community.
Are invasive species a local, state or federal issue? Or is it a mix? Describe your views.
Invasive species both aquatic and land-based are local priority, that needs to be fought here with local and state funds, but we need more money spent at the national level on research. For example the only national agency working on AIS research has been the Army Corps. of Engineers, and their funding has been either discontinued or threatened to be discontinued over and over again.
What is the most common issue people talk with you about? What do you tell them?
Traffic speeding in their neighborhoods, and the lack of safe walking around the community. We need to increase our enforcement, look to expand our sidewalks and trails, and talk with our neighbors about slowing down. As the sign says "We Live Here."
How do you feel about the current property tax levels? What about school district taxes (understanding the city council has no control over them)?
The question is more about the value. Do citizens feel they are getting enough value for the tax dollars being demanded of them. I believe we provide the best value in the region. As far as schools, this should be a national priority. The U.S. is now ranked 17th in the world, and yet we pride ourselves on ingenuity.
If the funding were available, what projects—either shovel ready or on the drawing board—would you advocate dedicating it to?
Safe trails wherever it makes sense to connect our communities to parks, schools, stores and services.
Are you satisfied with the public safety services being provided to city residents?
We have one of the best police departments, and fire districts anywhere. I believe we need to continue to support the paid and volunteer professionals in every way possible.
How would you encourage the average citizen to become more engaged in local government?
Come to one meeting at city hall a year. We have an "open mike" (matters from the floor) right at the start of every meeting. Take your chance to be heard. It's easy.
Open forum. Why should voters cast their ballot for you this November?
I am running unopposed, but I hope you can show your support for my viewpoints, and that they may echo yours. Please mark the box for Scott Zerby, on Nov. 6. Thank you.