Spirit Lake Council Contenders Target Remedies For Growing Pains
There are more people in Spirit Lake these days, and that’s a concern for some City Council candidates.
“It’s not a problem because people are coming in, but in keeping city services up with the population,” candidate Bill Moe said.
“I don’t want to see any more annexation,” Saundra Faubion said. “We need to grow into what we’ve already been adjusted for, such as upgrading the sewer system.”
Faubion is competing with incumbent John DeBernardi for a two-year council seat.
Moe, Eugene Clary and Pete Troglia are competing for two four-year posts. Those will go to the highest vote-getters.
Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the town’s civic center.
Here’s a rundown on the candidates:
Faubion is owner of the Hog and Jog Restaurant. Born and reared in Spirit Lake, this is her first shot at public office.
“I just felt like I owe a little bit of time to the city,” she said. “The main thing I’d like to see is controlled growth.
“There are several new businesses in town, and that’s great. We have a new school coming in and that’s great, too. I really see Spirit Lake taking off.”
DeBernardi, an auto mechanic, serves the town as assistant fire chief as well as a council member.
He did not return phone calls seeking comment on his re-election bid.
Clary, a retired iron worker, served on the council twice before.
He believes the city could use his knowledge of construction. For example, he said the city recently traded in a good backhoe and didn’t do well on the deal.
He also thinks the city should put a new liner in a water tank instead of dismantling it.
“They’re doing fine here, but they need some assistance and I think I have the expertise to lend that.”
Troglia, a disabled veteran, is volunteer coordinator for the new senior/community center. He moved to Spirit Lake just over a year ago.
“What we found is friendly, decent people who bent over backwards to help us,” he said. “I see the potential of this town. I’m going in with a big, open mind.”
Moe, who’s been in Spirit Lake for 12 years, is retired from a career in the electronics industry.
He said he’d like the government to be more open, and the council to stop its habit of waiving the rule to read proposed ordinances three months in a row.
“I think that’s wrong,” he said. “They think people won’t understand the ordinance, or take the time to read it.”
He hopes the town will maintain its rural character despite increased population.