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Montana seeks council post

Sat, Oct 21st 2017 07:10 pm
My name is Cyndy Montana and I am running for Town Council. I want to thank the Island Dispatch for giving me this opportunity to speak directly to you, my fellow Island friends and neighbors, and tell you a bit about myself, my vision for Grand Island and the qualities I will bring to the Town Board if elected. I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 7!
I have lived on Grand Island for 12 years, after having met a life-long Islander who I married. Not only did I fall in love with Pete, but also Grand Island. I have finally found my forever home. I can't imagine a better balance of a small town community only minutes away from big city attributes. The biggest reason I am running for Town Council is my children, Kaylee and Jaxen. I want to help plan the future of Grand Island and make it the best it can be for residents, families and businesses alike.
As a town councilmember I will:
•Support the smart planning for the future that has already begun: updating the master plan, preserving green space, determining farmland protection areas, investigating broadband possibilities, the feasibility of a community center and energy-saving alternatives for the town.
•Work with Economic Development to grow our business tax base in a sensible way that is good for Grand Island. I would support clean businesses that enhance the quality of life for Island residents, and would act to curb bad residential development that urbanizes and erodes the natural character of Grand Island.
•Ensure responsible tax money management by continuing to seek grants to improve our Island and leaving your tax money to cover services and updating our current sewer infrastructure.
•Be accessible and available to residents. Our town government is now more transparent than ever, and I would continue the hard work that is being done to listen to and get input from residents on what they want for the future of Grand Island.
I will continue my work with the coalitions and community groups trying to fight the opioid epidemic here on Grand Island. I will work towards creating a safe haven for teens and help make Grand Island more family friendly. I will also support the efforts to combat spousal abuse and draw on my over three years of experience working at a women's shelter.
Over the years I have been very active as a volunteer with Grand Island's public schools, serving on the PTA in various board roles and as a room parent. I worked closely with the Grand Island School District during the capital campaign design, and helped in the planning and physical building of Kaegebein's playground.
My past experience in hospitality, quality assurance, fundraising, public relations and finally building two companies from scratch has given me a diversity of skills that will lend themselves to the role of Town Council member. Preparing me the most for this role is the 18 months I spent working as the assistant to the supervisor. I know the town issues inside and out and have day-to-day knowledge of how Town Hall works and what needs to be improved.
I am very proud to have been a part of the leadership team who has been moving Grand Island forward since January 2016. I'm excited about all the wonderful things that are happening, and I want to be part of the leadership that shapes Grand Island's future. I have received tremendous support since I announced my candidacy and I am so very grateful.
Learn more about me at www.cyndymontana.com and on Facebook at "Cyndy For Council." You can also call me at 775-1831 to discuss issues that are important to you. I would love to hear from you.
Get out and vote on Nov. 7! And please vote Cyndy Montana.

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