See the previous post for the Alderman part of the debate: http://blnnews.com/2013/03/15/main-street-association-debate-alderman/
Citizens can not make an informed decisions without attending at least one debate. Mannerisms and tone reveal much more than a printed recap.
All 3 were present: John Hanson, Lex Green, and Tari Renner. Answers are presented below in the order asked.
East Side Bypass
Hanson: Might be necessary for growing the city or encouraging businesses to locate here.
Green: Believes the current goal of the city is for a prosperous downtown and the bypass would distract from that goal.
Renner: The issue wasn’t dealt with in public and he would not support it.
Green: Citizens do not have a dialogue with the Council. He would allow all citizens a specified time to speak at meetings instead of limiting the speakers to 5
Renner: Wants to let citizens speak. Proposed open meetings with citizens the Friday before Council meetings.
Hanson: Agrees with Green and Renner. Proposed Town Hall meetings since Citizen Voice doesn’t produce dialogue.
Role of City Manager
Renner: Mayor is the brains, City Manager should do what he is told to do since he isn’t elected.
Hanson: Mayor doesn’t set policy, just tone. City Manger brings opportunity and expertise.
Green: City Manager implements policy given by Mayor and Council. City Manger doesn’t make decisions on policy.
Solution for Pension Funding
Green: Increase funding over a specific time period until under-funding is resolved.
Renner: Save money on “studies”, utilize Wesleyan and ISU student instead. Put savings toward pensions
Hanson: System needs reforms on the state level. It was never sustainable, it is “messy” and “archaic”.