Community Solutions Podcast- Is New Hope Out of Control?

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss three distinct issues being discussed by the New Hope City Council: 1) organized garbage hauling, 2) the proposed maximum tax levy for 2017, and 3) the details of the new city hall/police station/fire station/public pool project. New Hope may be completely out of control, but they are not alone. These are three subjects that your city has faced, is facing, or will soon face. It doesn’t matter where you live, this podcast will help you understand your community better. Don’t you go anywhere!





September 7, 2017 at 3:28 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Townships

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss something that may be a little foreign to all you city-dwellers. That is townships. What are they? How are they governed? Are they subject to the cities around them? Are they a bastion of freedom? We’re going to give you the absolute best introduction to townships that you’ve ever had. Sit back, take some notes, and shoot us your questions!

August 30, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Do You Have What It Takes?

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In this week’s episode, Andrew and Jason discuss what it takes in order to see success in turning around your city. In the end, the answer is a lot more simple than you might think. A good percentage is just old-fashioned elbow grease. What kinds of things have you got to be willing to do? In addition to what you need to do, what are the intangibles? What characteristics automatically make you a contender? The answer may surprise you. There’s a place for you no matter what your personality or interests. Find out what that might mean for you here. Not everyone is built to be a candidate. One trait will end in failure every time. Come on in and see where you measure up!

August 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Listener Questions

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In this episode, it’s all about you. Everywhere we go, in our email, on our blog, on social media, we get questions from people who, like we were nine years ago, just waking up to how messed up our local governments are. They take it for granted that because they live in a ‘like-minded” area, that their city, county, and school governments are like minded. Likewise, those who live in an area where they are not in the majority, believe that it is a hopeless, uphill battle. Both of these streams of thought are wrong, and can be overcome with a little sweat equity and desire. We want to share our knowledge with people, because it can be a daunting task to undertake alone. Today, we will answer some of your most popular questions. So, listen in, grab a pen and paper, and think of some of your questions for us. They may hit a future episode of the podcast!

August 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

ReNae Bowman Should Resign

By Andrew Richter

It was just three short years ago when former Mayor ReNae Bowman’s allies on the Crystal City Council intimidated me to resign from the Planning Commission for telling the truth about a councilman’s behavior. Bowman praised these council members for their “courage” in attacking me. Well, now she is the chair of the Environmental Quality Commission and let’s look at some of her recent comments;

Her first comment was about the Crystal Ball last spring;


I’m sorry….white persons ball? Were there signs that said white only? Talk about delusional…..the council and volunteers work super hard to hold a city gala and get called racist for it. Where is there evidence of racism?

This next beauty is Bowman calling on council members to be held personally liable for the actions of others;


What? Personally responsible? Ms. Bowman you know damn well that the council doesn’t hire and fire officers, nor do they train officers. Police cadet programs are not administered by the city of Crystal. Besides, if you felt so strong about this why didn’t you propose to hold the city council personally responsible when you were the mayor? Opinions sure are different when you and your friends aren’t in charge…..

Her complete and total hatred of Mayor Jim Adams and Council Member Jeff Kolb is obvious here;



Using the mayor’s office for personal gain to grow his business? Where is the evidence of that? Calling Jeff Kolb a creep? OK it’s obvious you hate them but this is beyond hate.

But she saves this doozy for last;


Look at that? She, as the current chair of a commission and as the former mayor, is encouraging residents to falsify a survey. Think about that. How is this acceptable? This conduct can’t go unchallenged.

I publicly call on Ms Bowman to resign. If she refuses I want the city council to vote her out of her position. Let’s apply the same standard to her that was applied to me. I know she will play the victim like she always does but it’s time we stop being intimidated by her. Let’s confront her on her behavior. She is going to hate me, Mayor Adams, and the city council no matter what we do, and she doesn’t deserve the position she holds.

August 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm 1 comment

Community Solutions Podcast- The Budget Process

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In this episode, Andrew and I discuss the process of creating a municipal, county, or school board budget. There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in the budget process. It’s only a part of the complete financial picture of an entity. Yet, it’s important to understand what goes into a budget, how department budgets are determined, and what that means on your overall tax bill. We discuss all that and more. Summertime is when this whole budget process begins, so what better time to dig in than now!

August 9, 2017 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- HUD and Local Government

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss the history and the growing power of the Department of Urban Housing and Development (HUD) over the ability of local governments to effectively govern themselves. From waving around billions of dollars with strings attached, to trying to dictate what kinds of development should go in our comprehensive plans, HUD has a lot to do with it. Affordable housing, equitable housing, high density… HUD has been advising cities create more of it and then provide grants to build it that cities think they can’t live without. HUD may not have the money that the Departments of Defense or the Treasury have, but make no mistake, they have thousands upon thousands of employees and many departments. Like it or not, HUD directly affects your community. How? Listen on!

August 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

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