The volunteer group Take Action—Conserve Our Scandia (TA-COS) will host a forum for city council candidates from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. N.
Incumbents Connie Amos and Chris Ness face challengers Bob Hegland, Dan Lee, and Dustin Hegland for the two open council seats. Robert Pilz also filed for council but has decided not to run.
Mayor Randall Simonson, whose first two-year term is ending, is running unopposed.
The next Scandia council will decide whether to allow Tiller Mining Co. to reopen a closed mine for silica sand and gravel on the bluffs of the St. Croix River.
The city also is faced with managing capital improvements during a time of stagnant tax levies and balancing support for local businesses with demand for open space, parks and trails.
Scandia resident Tom Triplett will be the moderator. An attorney, Triplett is principal of a consulting firm that helps non-profits identify and access revenue streams.
He has served as CEO of four Minnesota non-profits and is a former Minnesota commissioner of finance, planning and revenue; policy director for St. Paul; finance vice-chancellor for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; and deputy counsel to the Minnesota attorney general.
TA-COS was founded to promote the sustainable development of Scandia while conserving its natural, archaeological, and historical resources. Its mission is to retain the characteristics of a small, rural community located on the St. Croix River while planning for future development.