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January 6, 2014

Three ready to be seated at Camanche council table

CAMANCHE — The time has come to welcome a new set of faces to the Camanche City Council, and the three men joining the team say they are ready to take on the challenges they face.

Mike McManus, Marvin Lind and Bill Wruck will take part in their first council meeting Tuesday after being elected to the council in November, upsetting two incumbents who ran against them.

Now with the test of leadership beginning next week, the three new councilmen are feeling prepared and excited for the future in leading the city of Camanche.

"I'm ready to get going," Wruck said. "There's been a lot of talk and a lot of talk; I'm ready to start putting some action behind my words."

Each new councilman has an individual goal set for himself during his four-year term, but the three agree that in order to maintain a flourishing community, there are changes that need to be made.

McManus feels it is important for the city to maintain low tax rates without losing out on essential city services, but knows that task will be easier said than done.

"I think the biggest challenge is keeping up with times. Costs keep going up so keeping budgets low without having to cut services, or anything across the board will be difficult," McManus said. "To keep taxes as they are, or lower, I think that's going to be the biggest challenge."

Lind also feels keeping taxes low is an important challenge to face in the next four years, but his goal is to generate more business and residency in the city in order to do so.

"One of my goals is to start bringing more people into Camanche and try to bring in business. That's one thing I want to work on," Lind said. "With all the new business taxes from the governor, hopefully we can keep taxes where they are, by bringing those new business into town. Hopefully I can help with that."

As for Wruck however, although he is interested in generating more revenue for the city by recruiting new businesses, his main goal is to appease the citizens who already inhabit Camanche, and make sure their needs are met first.

"I have a pretty good group of constituents behind me, so I am going to start using the public. There's tons of people in this community that have jobs that apply to the stuff we do on the council and I'm willing to use people outside to assist me," Wruck said. "I'm never going to be the man with all the answers. I'm voted in by the people and some of those people do have the answers. It's time to utilize that experience."

Although they're feeling confident, all three councilmen know that once they enter into those council chambers, understanding everything it takes to run a city is not going to come easily.

They will be required to learn many new things along the way, and accept that they may not always have the answers, which according to Wruck, is why the city is run by more than one person.

"I'm the type of person, if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it 110 percent of my ability," Wruck said. "But if there's something that I don't quite know about or understand, then I will sit back and let someone else handle it. We've got to work together as a council."

Both McManus and Lind agree that they have a lot to learn prior to Tuesday's meeting, but both have done their homework and are ready to dive into the world of city government.

"I haven't been involved in any politics before so this is something new for me," Lind said. "I've been doing a lot of studying and looking into stuff to get myself ready for it. I'm really looking forward to serving everybody and ready to get started."

McManus added that he is feeling anxious to get his feet wet and "start doing good things and continue to work for the community."

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