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Rosemount citizens elect two newcomers to serve on city council

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Rosemount residents voted for change and elected two newcomers — Tammy Block and Paul Essler — to serve on Rosemount City Council.

When asked about the election results, Block said, "I think they spoke they are interested in some change, and I think that was actually across the board and not just the city but at the state and federal level."

Block said she looks forward to hearing from all residents.

"I can tell you what I hear from people and that is they want to bring in more businesses into the city and do not want to go Apple Valley to shop or eat," she said.

Understanding that serving on the City Council is an investment in time, Block said she is ready to serve the Rosemount residents.

"I was really excited for Tammy and me that we were being elected," Essler said. "We ran on very similar platforms and I think we can really accomplish a lot."

During the campaign, Essler said residents were very clear that they wanted economic development and the city to attract new businesses and amenities.

"We will be bringing in new residents with UMore Park and because of schools in District 196," said Essler. "The other thing is to not only bring in new businesses, but new services so people do not have to go to Eagan and Apple Valley to get stuff they need," Essler said.

Essler looks forward to working alongside council and city staff to forecast long-term goals and a pathway to reach goals.

"I want to work on a vision, on what we need and what we can support," Essler said. "We need to be proactive in going after new business and amenities into our city."

One idea Essler proposed was to leverage a volunteer group for adults and youth that can give back to the community as part of a new Rosemount Community Volunteer Association.

"It would take a similar model as the RAAA and would be 100 percent run by all volunteers, and I believe there are a lot of willing volunteers," Essler said.

The volunteer base could help plan and work the city festivals, Essler said, and become a mechanism to fill and recruit new volunteers to take over.

"This would mean two things are created and that is an opportunity to give back and create more series of events like Music in the Park or weekend movie marathons to improve the community of life," Essler said. "I am very passionate for residents to work together for common good of the community."

Listening and knocking on doors, Essler said he heard how many residents do not want Rosemount to be a sleepy little town and do not desire more fast food or pizza places, but are looking for restaurant with healthy food options.

Essler said that after the city's feasibility study results come in, that information can be used to sell to businesses.

"We want to welcome them but we have to spend the time to work on a good master plan and we want residents to weigh in and have input," said Essler.

Fifth term for Droste

Longtime Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste who ran unopposed will be serving his fifth term after leading the city for nearly 16 years.

"I hope both stay engaged because both have a tremendous amount to contribute and can continue to work toward the betterment of Rosemount," Droste said about outgoing City Council members DeBettignies and Nelson.

Droste said he enjoyed working with DeBettignies on the Rosemount Planning Commission and 16 years on council.

"Mark, he is a great public servant who is well known and very engaged and he accomplished a lot during service the citizens of Rosemount," Droste said. "I have gotten to know Shaun (Nelson) the last four years and he has a strong desire for moving Rosemount forward and he has worked hard."

The new, four-year terms for mayor and the two new council members begin Jan. 1, 2019.