Hintz: Lead for common good
Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series on City Council wards 1-2 candidates. Read about the other candidates here.
Address: 128 Johnson Ave.
Website: www. Georgehintzward1and2.com; Facebook: georghintzward1and2
Education: Graduate of Owatonna High School, selected courses from Minnesota Southeast Technical and business courses through trade association.
Family: Married to Rose of 51 years, two sons, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, all in the Red Wing area.
Occupation: Retired after 40 years of operating the Christian Book Store in downtown Red Wing. Also worked for Jostens’ Diploma Division for 34 years until the plant relocated.
Community involvement: Member of the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce and the Red Wing Seniors. Served on the Downtown Main Street Board of Directors and on the promotion committee. Selected grand marshal for the 2015 Holiday Stroll. Volunteered for three years with Every Hand Joined and the summer lunch program. Driven patients to the VA and Mayo Clinic for treatment.
Respectful conversations and conflict resolutions have become major themes of the City Council in 2018. What will be your approach to resolving a disagreement?
Council has lacked decorum for some time and needs to restore credibility with voters. Council and city staff must work together and maintain an open form of communication. If elected, I will listen, research and work with all parties to resolve the issues.
What is the City Council's role in public safety and how will you fulfill that responsibility?
Because Red Wing is situated on the Mississippi River and hosts the Prairie Island nuclear plant, a railroad corridor and Treasure Island Resort & Casino, it means working with federal, state, county and tribal units of government. We must work to create open forms of communication and maintain a safe environment for our citizens.
I believe in team building and am willing to work with the various forms of government. Our Police and Fire departments are assets to our community and must remain strong. I am ready to meet with Chiefs Roger Pohlman and Shannon Draper on public safety matters. With the new fire station in west Red Wing, citizens and visitors will experience reduced time for service and greater efficiency.
Three city commissions have recommended to Council that painting Barn Bluff should be prohibited, yet the community remains divided on this issue. Describe how you are a) becoming informed on this issue, and b) planning to manage the outcome of the Council's decision this fall.
I have watched the council and commission meetings, read the agenda packets online and listened to the citizens of Red Wing. Once a decision is made by the council, we must all work for the common good of Red Wing and citizens. One possible solution might be creating an art zone in an existing park or on a building wall downtown.
This issue has taken up too much time and too many resources, which is a burden on the taxpayers.
How are you uniquely qualified to represent your ward?
I am a longtime resident and have the time to commit to the council. I enjoy planning and working toward the vision of a completed project, and I will carry plans through to completion. In addition, I established a successful business in Red Wing, operating it for 40 years, which helped me to gain a lot of insight into the community.
As one who seeks to listen to others, I will listen to the people of my ward and represent them to the best of my ability. Red Wing Wards 1-2 have a lot going on: Highway 61 corridor; Old West Main Street district; industrial, commercial and service-oriented businesses; and historic homes. If elected, I would work to preserve our rich past, yet bring change where needed. I would bring leadership for the common good.