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    Gregory Ohlsen
    (NP)

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?

Education Bachelor of Arts, Hastings College, 1970
Current Public Office, dates held Trustee, Utica Village Board, June, 2017-December, 2020
Past Public Office, dates held Utica Planning Commission Chairman 1998-2013
Military experience None
Volunteer experience I have served in many roles and on committees at Utica United Methodist Church.
Address 1430 E Street Utica, Nebraska
Marital Status Married
Age 72
Economic development depends on the quality of the product, and Utica clearly has much to offer. I support the continued use of LB840 funds for new and existing businesses. The LB840 funds are generated by the sales tax increase of several years ago and have been used during my tenure to bring a new business to our downtown area.
Extreme weather has been making the headlines this summer and early fall. It is important that the Village Board assists residents any way possible. We are committed to maintaining streets and public spaces, and to assuring continuation of public utilities and water supply. Residents also can be assured streets will cleared of fallen trees and branches after storms and that snow removal is a priority.
From my perspective, the first of my top three priorities is to provide for all the various needs of the Village and stay within the adopted budget. That might seem simplistic, but the costs of governing a village are rising every year. Secondly, it is also of maximum importance to maintain a potable water supply. Thirdly, we must help solve the predicted Seward County housing shortage so that homes for rent or for sale are available in Utica.
As is true in most communities, a major challenge for Utica is managing our budget to include funds for big ticket improvements and mandates. Currently, we are doing a major repair of our swimming pool and our water tower, and in the near future we will need to buy a new rescue unit. These challenges are addressed by frugal expenditure in every area of the budget and by applying for all available grants and extra funding available to our community.