Archive for Thursday, March 19, 2009

City Council candidate: Bonnie Plumberg

March 19, 2009

Name: Bonnie Plumberg

Occupation: Coffee Bar Owner

Years lived in Baldwin City: 7

Family: Husband Tom, three daughters (Carrie, Julie and Jennifer), two stepdaughters, (Gretchen and Jane), two sons-in-law (Tim and Orion), five grandchildren, (Karily, Monica, Kate, Ana and Carsen), two dogs a whippet named Bella and a Greyhound named Itsa.

Political experience: Just numerous appointed positions on various boards — no real political experience.

1. What is the biggest economic challenge facing Baldwin City's budget?

Capping the cost of living here.

2. How can the city save money during these tough economic times?

I can't really give an opinion with out seeing current expenditures and budget.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a city council member, i.e. why are you running for office?

I'm running because I am passionate about the downtown revitalization. I want to see a thriving community downtown and otherwise, the only way to do that is to have a plan as a city and to know who our customer is. Then do what it takes to make the plan come true without jeopardizing our city's small-town charm.

4. Do you favor requiring the Baldwin School District to pay for improvements to Elm Street from 11th Street and extending Elm to Bullpup Drive as part of the project to build a new Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center?

I don't have a decided opinion on who should bare the responsibility of paying for the project. I do, however, strongly believe that it needs to be done. Every parent that has a child south of U.S. Highway 56 will take or have their child use that route rather than going to the highway. I think it should have been worked out prior to the vote.

5. Utility rates in Baldwin City are among the highest around, especially for electricity. Do you see any way to reduce those rates or at least stop their spiral upward?

They must be capped. The only way I know is to share the cost by having more affordable housing available with more industry/business.

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