I am writing this letter to publicly apologize to Cory Ravnaas, Circle H, and Hylite Engineering for comments that I made in the Dunn County Herald story about him on Friday, May 3.
Posted May 17, 2013
I am writing this letter to publicly apologize to Cory Ravnaas, Circle H, and Hylite Engineering for comments that I made in the Dunn County Herald story about him on Friday, May 3. It was never my intent to mislead or slander Mr. Ravnaas. I spoke as an individual as well as a councilwoman representing the residents of Dunn Center who have had questions and wanted answers. My statements were never intended to harm, only to start down a path for open communication.
I retract the statements made by myself as to the position he holds in Dunn Center as the city engineer and developer. I did not make my comments clear and I realize after re-reading his contract with the city, he will be allowed to act as our engineer and carry out other projects as he sees fit. He has the approval and cooperation of members of the council to pursue personal development along with acting as our engineer and when there is a conflict of interest he has agreed to back away as our engineer. I have repeatedly said that he is a man with vision and has been an asset to our community in the past.
Realizing how busy we are all in trying to stay ahead of infrastructure, housing and growth; it is my hope that information is shared between all parties concerned; city council, zoning board, office staff and most importantly, the residents of Dunn Center. I understand confidentiality, but am concerned that too many people are left out of the loop in the decision making process we all are going through now. This causes hard feelings as well as lays the ground work for much damaging gossip.
Hindsight is always better than foresight and I have learned a valuable lesson in making a motion or second to move forward. I truly believe that while discussion or minutes show that the motion was made for “all city owned lots of Main Street”, it never occurred to me that we were discussing lots that have been developed; only those that were vacant. In the future, I will also be more diligent about motions recorded in the minutes as they were stated.
While I serve on the city council of Dunn Center, I also am a resident of our small community. I believe that as an elected official I have a responsibility to those who elected me to this position in June 2012. When I am asked questions, listen to complaints, or recognize a problem; for the most part I try to find the answer or help to work out the situation as best I can. Whether acting as a councilwoman or as an individual; it has always been my intention to do the best job I can do for my community. I am sorry to any of those who inadvertently were hurt by my comments.
City of Dunn Center Councilwoman