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City of Friend, City Council, Dist 1

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    Kristen Milton

Biographical Information

If elected, what are your priorities for economic development in your city/town/village?

If elected, what would be your top priorities in an extreme weather event?

If elected, what would you consider your top three priorities? Please detail.

What is the biggest challenge in your community and how would you address it?

Occupation Homemaker
Education High School: Exeter-Milligan 2008 College: AAS Office Professional-Medical Focus Southeast Community College-2011
Current Public Office, dates held N/A
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Military experience N/A
Volunteer experience Friend Pool Committee 2018-Present American Legion Auxiliary Unit 183 Member since 1991 Trunk or Treat 2019 Easter egg fundraiser 2017-present Friend Country Club Fundraising & Flower bed maintenance Friend 4th of July-Free Family event 2018-present
Address 721 E 3rd St Friend, Ne 68359
Marital Status Married
Age 30
It is important that we look to the future when setting priorities. To grow our community, we need to appeal to new businesses and families. We need to offer things that they want in their community. In turn, our community and school system would likely see an increase in census. Let’s work to identify what these wants and needs are, then set goals. I believe there is strong community interest for indoor community recreation, a dog park, and additional downtown businesses. Additionally, we can look into working with local groups to put together incentives to attract new businesses to establish in Friend. Let's work to get the storefronts in our downtown to be exactly that, storefronts. We can improve our quality of life and be more self-sufficient with some of these ideas. Having healthy and happy citizens is vital to a progressive community.
My top priority would be to make sure the City has an up-to-date extreme weather event plan and a contingency plan before severe weather happens. I have reached out to the City to see what our current plan is and if necessary, I would work with them to improve it. It is vital to have trusted, key people identified and prepared to lead our citizens. Having citizens aware of the set plan, contingency plan, and the form of communication ahead of time is the best way to be prepared. An extreme weather event would be scary and being clear and organized is essential.
1. I think Friend needs clear direction and goals for our community. I would very much want to work on a 5 and 10 year strategic plan for our community. While the Community Redevelopment Authority already provides some of this planning, I would like to increase public awareness about any strategic plan and encourage public involvement and support of these goals. 2. Communication and relationship building with the citizens of Friend to help regain trust. More collaboration and transparency along with encouraging citizens to be informed in the city's process of decision making will help achieve this. I will work to encourage an open and honest working relationship with city employees, leadership, and the public. 3. Consistent with the above-identified strategic plan, I would want to provide motivation to clean-up some of the abandoned homes in town and identify support for decent affordable housing in our community.
The biggest challenge in our community is the rebuilding of public trust. This past year it was revealed that taxpayer funds had been misused for many years. That has caused a lot of mistrust within the community. I would like to help our citizens regain confidence and trust in our City Government. We need to continue to work together, transparently and honestly to move forward.