Here's the manifesto that Nick Novak and Eric Diskerud, who campaigned together and won two seats on the Pine Island City Council in November, put on a Facebook page called "Novak and Diskerud for Council" last year. They led the charge to abruptly terminate the city administrator's position and fire Abraham Algadi at their first meeting, on Jan. 15.
This is the entire status update, unedited:
Nick Novak has been a resident of Pine Island
for 11 years and father of two children Jack and Ellen. Nick currently
works for the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office as a Patrol Sergeant. He
brings a total of 16 years of public service to our communtiy. He also
is a veteran of the US Army and Air National Guard.
Erik Diskerud has been a resident of Pine Island for 12 years. He is married to Shaina Diskerud and has two daughters Madysen and Ella. Erik currently works for the St Paul Police Department and is assigned to the F.O.R.C.E Unit which deals with street level narcotics, problem properties and quality of life issues. Erik is also a member of the SWAT Team. Prior to working for St. Paul, Erik was a Goodhue County Sheriff's Deputy serving the community of Pine Island for 7 years. Erik started and operated two businesses in Pine Island, Erik's Outdoor Services, and Madysen Express Inc. Erik brings a total of 16 years of public service to our community.
Nick Novak and Erik Diskerud are well educated in public safety and have developed a solid understanding of city and county budget processes and the functions of the Pine Island City Hall, Public Works, Fire Department, Emergency Management System, Flood Control and the Economic Development Authority. Nick Novak and Erik Diskerud understand the importance of improving our community parks and recreation divisions including the need for our swimming pool in our community. Nick Novak and Erik Diskerud have vast experience interacting with the public enabling positive, open, communication with the people of Pine Island. Nick Novak and Erik Diskerud understand how important it is to extend common courtesy towards the public with a common sense approach to problem solving issues, in our community.
Nick and Erik are running for the Pine Island City Council for many reasons. Most of our city's residents understand we have a serious financial situation on our hands with the struggling Elk Run development. For several years, the existing Mayor and Council told the taxpayers of Pine Island, "not to worry," because the millions of dollars needed for the Elk Run development and the city services, including water and sewer, were being provided entirely by the developer Tower Investment and grant money from the State of Minnesota. However, after the property was annexed into the City of Pine Island and the utilities were extended to the development, Tower Investment told the City Administrator, City Council, and the EDA that a 36.5 million dollar interchange from Highway 52 would be necessary for the sucess of the Elk Run development. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) agreed to construct the interchange only if Tower Investment or the City of Pine Island agreed to either pay 10 percent of the cost of the interchange project or build a 400,000 square foot building and create 182 jobs within a nine year timeframe. Tower Investment declined to sign the agreement with MNDOT so the Mayor and City Council signed the agreement instead, thus making an enormous gamble with our taxpayer dollars.
Currently there are six years remaining in the agreement between MNDOT and the City of Pine Island. So far no building has been built and no jobs created while Elk Run continues to fall seriously delinquent of its real estate taxes. Failure to build this building and create jobs will cause Pine Island's real estate taxes to increase.
Nick and Erik believe Elk Run can still be successful. We can look to our neighboring communities of Wanamingo and Zumbrota and visualize how successful industrial parks can thrive in a small town atmosphere. Working together with Tower Investment to develope an industrial park at Elk Run for all types of businesses, not just a bio-science research park, is well within our reach. The establishment of all types of jobs, including manufacturing jobs and retail jobs, at this moment in time is better than no jobs at all.
Nick and Erik see no need for the flowerpots on Main St. They are expensive to maintain, hard for semi trucks to maneuver around and obstruct the view of motorists adding risk to pedestrians in the cross walks, especially young children coming to and from school. Several motorist have struck the pots causing damage to there vehicles.
Nick and Erik believe the 2 hour parking signes should be removed from our downtown. The signs do not display a welcoming message to any visitors looking to eat, shop, and visit our community. These signs are another example of unnecessary spending of taxpayers money.
Nick and Erik believe in transparency and all City Council meetings should be televised on Channel 8 and linked to the internet so citizens can easily view the meetings and become well informed of the community events and happenings in the City of Pine Island. Furthermore, Nick and Erik will vote no to any future increases to the water bills.
Nick and Erik ask everyone to please think about the issues that our community is facing and think about this upcoming election because it is extremely important for the future of Pine Island. Let's not elect the same individuals that have gambled with our hard earned money and are leading us into a $3.65 million dollar debt. This is a debt that will add to an existing debt of $8.67 million dollars. This is too much money being spent in a twon the size of Pine Island. It is time we stop the unnecessary spending and have some accountability to the taxpayer. Nick and Erik promote responsible fiscal spending for our taxpayers.
"It's time for all new leadership at City Hall." Together we can get the city back on track. Help us help you
NICK NOVAK AND ERIK DISKERUD NEED YOUR VOTE
VOTE FOR THEM ON NOVEMBER 6TH