Core Services

We need to keep three things in mind when delivering core city services: Equity. Quality. Sustainability. Core services are for all residents, and we need to do them well. Whether it is public safety, snow plowing, water and sewer services, organized hauling, parks and recreation programs, or street maintenance; equity, quality and sustainability are vitally important. Listening to feedback from …

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Development – Housing

We have strived to increase the amount of housing available in our city. Richfield’s Inclusionary Housing Policy works to increase both affordability and accessibility. There are still items to work on: We have a racial disparity in home ownership rates. The first time homebuyer loans are one way to address this issue, but we need to do more. Naturally occurring affordable housing  (NOAH) …

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Economic Development

How can we help all residents to thrive now and in the future? What do we want Richfield to look like in fifty years? Economic development  is a part of both of those answers. Economic development should be inclusive and benefit all residents. We have opportunities along the Cedar Corridor, near the new underpass, along 66th Street and Penn Avenue to name a few. …

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Arts

Arts are vital to a thriving community. We have been expanding our public art and performance spaces in recent years. Incorporating public art into new projects and finding creative ways to use our current performance spaces like the band shell are good policies that need to continue. We can also encourage residents’ creative ideas to expand the arts in our community.

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Sustainability

Sustainability deals with both climate change and being good stewards of taxpayer resources. I believe that the city should encourage native plantings, waste reduction, and organics composting. We also need to build our infrastructure to support the changeover to electric vehicles and renewable energy resources.

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Pandemic Recovery

We should look at continuing many of the great programs that helped get us through the pandemic.  Forgivable small business loans, rental assistance, and the Kids @ Home program all provided stability. It will take a while to heal as a community having come through this trauma. Many of our city and front-line workers have gone above and beyond to …

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