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    Karen Meabrod Special Education Para with the West Bloomfield School District, 20 years. Roosevelt Summer Camp, 20 years, 14 as Director.

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Robert Kalman and his wife Jennifer are Keego Harbor homeowners. He owns a successful agile and IT consulting business.

A lifelong Oakland county resident, Robert Kalman: graduated from the University of Michigan, earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University, interned at the EX-IM Bank in Washington, DC, and graduated from the FBI Citizen's Academy.

Robert has volunteered for the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Habitat for Humanity, and numerous other organizations. He has completed several Detroit Free Press marathons.

Kalman is running for re-election to the city council so he can provide positive leadership and help complete important projects.

Robert Kalman describes himself as:

• A well educated, articulate business owner • Someone who understands FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY • Someone who will emphasize community services • Someone who won’t waste money on foolish projects • Someone you can trust to make good decisions • Someone who will work hard for all residents
1) Financial planning. While municipal revenue has decreased over the years I have used my business experience to work constructively with the council and I will continue to develop sound financial strategies, with a vision for the future, so we can provide essential services, like our own police force.

2) I continuously work with the council to bring costs inline and find affordable, creative solutions to our city infrastructure challenges. We have repaved large portions of our roads and revitalized parts of our water and sewer system without raising taxes. We strive for efficiencies and seek out grants that help our city.

3) When I’m re-elected I will push for a greater sense of community. Let's encourage active participation of all residents in enhanced cultural and recreational activities.

I am 57 years old, happily married to my husband Dudley, with 3 grown children, Karley, Bill and Kady. We have two grandchildren, Kleo and Clark. Dudley and I moved to Keego Harbor in 1980. I started volunteering for the City in 1989 on the Recycling Committee. We established curbside recycling. From there I went on to serve on Parks & Rec, Election Board, Tax Board of Review, Cass Lake Road Widening Committee, Cass Lake Road Streetscape Committee, Harbor Garden Club and the 50th Anniversary Committee. Currently I am the Vice Chair of the Planning Commission, a ZBA member and on the TIFA Board. I believe I bring an abundant amount of City experience that will aid me as a Council Member.
Our Police Department and how we fund it, has to be the top priority. We will have an opportunity to maintain our own Police Department with the passing of the Safety Millage. I will be supporting this millage, without it, I believe, tough decisions are going to have to be made. Maintenance of our infrastructure, amenities and investments should always be a top priority. An example of that are sidewalks. In order for Keego Harbor to truly be a walkable city, sidewalks have to feel safe, especially along Orchard Lake Road, to encourage more pedestrians and bikers to walk/ride. The passage of the safety millage will also help to free up monies to allow us to hire a much needed DPW staff. In order to properly maintain our beautiful city. We need to do a better job promoting ourselves and communicating with our community. Our news letter has been greatly missed and our website could use some help too. There is a promotional tax, Act 359, that the residents already pay. I would like to encourage that this tax be designated to promoting our city and communicating with our community.

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