Central Ward/Edelen

Central Ward/Edelen Name: Mary B. Edelen

Education: B.A. in history � University of South Dakota; M.A. in history � Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

Occupation: Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

How long have you lived in Vermillion? I am a life-long citizen of Vermillion.

Why are you interested in serving on the Vermillion City Council?

The city council is composed of a team of representatives who are elected by the people. It is the responsibility of the team to adopt city ordinances that are in the best interests of the people.

I am interested in serving the community of Vermillion as a member of that team. Having served in the S.D. State Legislature for 18 years, I am very familiar with the process. The main difference between the two is that the city council members are much closer and more accountable to the people who elect them.

I care about my community, and I am willing to do what I can to make a difference.

Please list what you believe should be short term and long term goals of Vermillion city government.

Short Term Goals:

1. Hire a new city manager.

2. Continue to strive to make sure that Vermillion has skilled workers who are appropriately paid.

3. Complete the wetlands and recreational area by the bike path along the Vermillion River.

4. Ensure that the city's infrastructure is solid � adequate streets that are well maintained; a city library with up-to-date equipment; pure drinking water; solid waste that is handled properly; adequate police, fire and emergency services and a top quality park system.

5. Work to approve Vermillion's downtown as a historic district and to get it placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Long Term Goals:

The city needs a 21st century vision that is fluid and can change with our ever changing times. What kind of a city do we want for our citizens in 10-20 years? These are the challenges that will face our community in the years ahead.

We must work with our local and state partners (USD � administration, faculty, staff and students, Chamber of Commerce and the Vermillion Development Corporation, the school district, volunteer organizations, our state government and Congressional delegations) to become one of South Dakota's premier cities that will draw people who want to live and work in our community as well as visitors.

As a community, we must work toward getting new industry into Vermillion taking advantage of the bridge linking South Dakota and Nebraska. This will help to provide employment for our citizens. We must also nurture the businesses and industry that currently are located here.

Vermillion is a welcoming community. It is a good city and a safe city. Vermillion is a community that provides lots of leisure activities for our children and many opportunities for involvement by our citizens young and old.

We are very fortunate to live in Vermillion at this moment in history. Our future looks bright thanks to a very forward-looking city council. It would be a pleasure and honor to once again represent the citizens of Vermillion only this time on the city council.

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