CITY OF KEEGO HARBOR

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CITY OF KEEGO HARBOR
VOTER GUIDE – NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION
CITY OF KEEGO HARBOR
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
POLLS ARE OPEN 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OAKLAND AREA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 248-594-6602
3 Candidates for CITY COUNCIL for TWO 3-year terms
CANDIDATES for
CITY COUNCIL
TWO 3-year terms
Vote for no more than TWO
ROBERT KALMAN
2830 Stennett
Keego Harbor, MI 48320
Question 1 (150 Words or less):
Provide biographical information and
explain why you are running for City Council
and relevant qualities and skills you would
bring to the position.
Question 2 (150 Words or less):
What are the top 3 Priority Issues facing your
city and what actions would you, as a city
official, take regarding each of them?
Robert Kalman and his wife Jennifer are
Keego Harbor homeowners. He owns a
successful consulting business.
1) When I was elected seven years ago
Keego Harbor had no financial plan –
so we created a long term financial plan.
I’m thankful we did because while the
City’s revenue has decreased by close to
33% since 2008, that plan has guided us
well. I used my business experience to
work constructively with the council and
I will continue to develop sound
financial strategies, with a vision for the
future, so we can provide essential
services.
A lifelong Oakland county resident, Robert
Kalman: graduated from the University of
Michigan, earned a Master of Business
Administration degree from Michigan State
University, interned at the EX-IM Bank in
Washington, DC, and graduated from the
FBI Citizen's Academy.
Robert has volunteered for the Karmanos
Cancer Institute, Habitat for Humanity, and
numerous other organizations. He has
completed several Detroit Free Press
marathons.
Kalman is running for re-election to the city
council so he can provide positive
leadership and help complete important
projects.
Robert Kalman describes himself as:
• A well educated, articulate business owner
• Someone who understands FINANCIAL
RESPONSIBILITY
• Someone who will emphasize community
services
• Someone who won’t waste money on
foolish projects
• Someone you can trust to make good
decisions
• Someone who will work hard for all
residents
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2) I continuously work with the council to
bring costs inline and find affordable,
creative solutions to our city
infrastructure challenges. We have
repaved large portions of our roads and
revitalized parts of our water and sewer
system without raising taxes. We strive
for efficiencies.
3) When I’m re-elected I will push for a
greater sense of community. Let's
encourage active participation of all
residents in enhanced cultural and
recreational activities. Visit
www.KalmanForKeegoHarbor.com
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CITY OF KEEGO HARBOR (Continued)
CANDIDATES for
CITY COUNCIL
TWO 3-year terms
Vote for no more than TWO
SIDNEY RUBIN
1550 Cass Lake Road
Keego Harbor, MI 48320
Question 1 (150 Words or less):
Provide biographical information and
explain why you are running for City Council
and relevant qualities and skills you would
bring to the position.
Question 2 (150 Words or less):
What are the top 3 Priority Issues facing your
city and what actions would you, as a city
official, take regarding each of them?
Founder of Circus World Toy Stores (KB
Toys). Chairman of The States Waterways
Commission. Business advisor to Michigan
Governor Blanchard. Member of Municipal
Leagues Legislative and Finance
Committee. Member of Oakland County
Economic Development Board. Named
Michigan Entrepreneur of the year by Inc
Magazine. Recognized by the Statute of
Liberty-Ellis Island for my involvement in
building The People of America Center.
Complete the multi-year capital
improvement funding plan that addresses
the road and drainage issues without the
need of raising taxes. The plan provides for
equipment needed for cost effective
essential services.
Chairperson of Business Operations for The
Oakland County Community Mental Health
Authority. Our mission is to support the
advancement of social equity and improved
quality of life for several thousand adults
and children with serious mental health
issues.
First elected 2005 I served three terms as
Mayor and four terms as Mayor-Pro-Tem,
Keego Harbor has been a primary focus of
mine for the past ten years. I have a clear
understanding of the issues. Together we
did what's right for the community and the
results show it.
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Develop a walking / bike plan while
encouraging more private sector investment.
Continued residential and a commercial
downtown redevelopment program will take
the tax burden off the homeowners.
Under the threat of diminishing revenues,
we introduced a long term financial plan
called "pro-active management". The
mission is to find creative ways of
collaboration with people who want to be
part of an exciting resurgence of Keego
Harbor.
Protecting the cities financial assets is
critical. We successfully completed several
dollar saving debt reductions while
positioning the city to a safe and
manageable position. More needs to be
done. I'm a person who doesn't get caught
up in the politics of issues. I get caught up
in solutions.
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CITY OF KEEGO HARBOR (Continued)
CANDIDATES for
CITY COUNCIL
TWO 3-year terms
Vote for no more than TWO
PHILLIP A. TRZOS
3252 Bulwer Street
Keego Harbor, MI 48320
Question 1 (150 Words or less):
Provide biographical information and
explain why you are running for City Council
and relevant qualities and skills you would
bring to the position.
Question 2 (150 Words or less):
What are the top 3 Priority Issues facing your
city and what actions would you, as a city
official, take regarding each of them?
69 years old, and proud resident of Keego
Harbor for 55 years. Happily married to
Joyce for 42 years, father of Peter Trzos,
M.D., Susan Trzos BSMEPE, and
companion to his poodle, Tiger. Served on
the planning commission, zoning board of
appeals and construction board of appeals.
#1-Transparency in government. Citizens
shouldn't have to make F.O.I.A. requests
to know what's going on. Keego is
currently named in several law suits,
some criminal, which will cost us
hundreds of thousands of dollars. I will
do everything to find and stop the illegal
practices that are causing these lawsuits!
These are our tax dollars being wasted;
lets use them to improve our community!
I'm running for city council to provide
transparency in all city affairs, and ensure
equal treatment for everyone in our
community.
I feel that after a term or two, it's time for
existing council members to step down and
go back to their personal lives, so we can
keep the politics out of government.
Decades of operating small businesses has
given me strong management skills, and
allowed me to interact with thousands of
people whom all agree; I'm a people person,
someone who does what's right, and treats
people fairly. My office is at 3101 Orchard
Lake Rd.
#2-Fair treatment - everyone should be
treated equally, and city codes need to be
enforced.
#3-Enhance the overall quality of life in
Keego Harbor by adding access for
kayaks and stand up paddle boards at
Fran Leaf Park, and the Dollar Lake boat
launch. We can increase public safety by
fixing our street lights, and making
crosswalks operate after school hours.
I'm sure their are many more bright ideas
out there, bring them in, let's talk!
I'm Phil Trzos, and I'm for The People.
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