GRID 6 CANDIDATES

GRID 6 

Grid 6 Ballot

Georgia E Dietz – Grid 6

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood? I moved to Saint Paul in 1985 to attend the College of Saint Catherine and liked Highland so much I stayed. It’s the best little neighborhood in Saint Paul.
What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you? I have spoken to MANY people about the Highland District Council and I would say, about 50% of the time, someone will say, “What is that?” or, “I know a” little” about it.” That tells me that the message isn’t getting out, somehow, that the HDC is here to foster community participation, that district councils were created in Saint Paul in 1975 to foster involvement and that we want our Highland neighbors to have easy access to the District Council, the issues before it and its Board members.
What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community? The HDC mission statement is all about participation. The greatest opportunity is to make that a reality.
What do you see as the primary challenges for our community? The biggest challenge, I see, is to make the HDC more transparent and open and welcoming to the Highland residents. Since this year’s annual meeting was cancelled, as a new Board member, I would encourage all directors to schedule a summer meeting for all members (people and business owners) in Highland. I would like to see the HDC post videos of their monthly meetings on their website. I would also like to see directors set up monthly chat times with their grid members to keep them informed.
What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council? I reach out to people to make sure they are aware of issues in their neighborhood. As a Community Services Committee member in 2009-10, I went door-to-door along Hamline Avenue, distributing flyers, to let residents know that the HDC and city would be holding a meeting to discuss cutting down the ash trees . Most residents I spoke with had no idea this was on the radar. Many attended the meeting. We need to reach out if we want people to be involved.

Mathews Hollinshead – Grid 6

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood? Resident since 2002. Attended grades 7-12 St. Paul Academy, 1960-66.
What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you? Protects our quality of life; amplifies our input to the City re infrastructure, development, safety, code issues, housing, parks and other vital issues.
What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community? Positive redevelopment of the Ford Site, which is part of Grid 6, especially regarding open space, walkability, cycling, affordable senior housing options and, hopefully, enhanced transit to limit the need to drive.
What do you see as the primary challenges for our community? High property taxes, dangerous motor vehicle traffic, affordability as seniors living here retire. Covid may result in a City budget crisis with Highland already a high-tax revenue source for the City. Time to think outside the box.
What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council? 35 years of activism and advocacy on a range of urban issues. Two- term president of my former district council, now part of Union Park, 1991-1993. Strong advocate for transit as an alternative to driving. Current member, Highland District Council board and HDC Transportation Committee. Current member, Transportation Advisory Board, Metropolitan Council. Strong advocate for public libraries — chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the replacement of the Merriam Park Branch Library, 1989-1993.Initiated and oversaw STAR grant process to get double-lantern-style lighting for Snelling-Selby, working with the Snelling Selby Small Business Association.