Kolb Calls Out Bowman

October 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

By Andrew Richter

Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Kolb submitted this zinger to the Sun Post;

On her campaign website last week, former Crystal mayor and current candidate for mayor Renae Bowman made disparaging comments about the city’s all-volunteer code review task force – saying they were just “moving periods and semi-colons around in the code book.”

While I have a personal policy of not responding to the misinformation that the former mayor so frequently traffics in, I could not let her insult of these hard working volunteers go unanswered.

The code review task force was created last year in response to citizen concerns that our city code was too difficult to read and contained outdated provisions. Bowman herself notes that during her time as mayor she “knew (the city) had obsolete codes” but past practice was to just not deal with them, leading to the mess we have today.

The council advertised for citizens who wished to participate, and had so much interest we ended up increasing the size of the task force beyond the 10 people we had originally planned for.

Since its inception this group of volunteers – from across the political spectrum, and representing all areas of the city – has reviewed several thousand pages of city code and identified several deficiencies, contradictions and outright errors. In addition, the task force has had many spirited policy debates about potential policy changes in the code.

When their work concludes, the citizens of Crystal will have a city code that is modern, updated and much easier for an average citizen or business owner to understand.

I have attended almost all of the task force’s meetings, and I have watched them in action. I didn’t know how it would work to have 14 people pouring over a few thousand pages of extremely dry and technical material, but they have exceeded all expectations, and are moving along faster than we anticipated.

I am extremely proud of the work the task force has done, and I thank them at every opportunity. I’ll do so again here today. Thank you.

Jeff Kolb,
Crystal City Council, Ward 2

Thank Jeff, very much appreciated



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Josh  |  October 11, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Wow the Bowmanites are out in full force on this one!


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