College Student Running for Woodbury City Council

Political science major Joe Grinols outlines his platform in a press release.

The 2012 slate of candidates for Woodbury City Council includes one college student.

Joe Grinols, 24, recently sent out a press release outlining his platform.

There are two spots up for election Nov. 6, and incumbents Paul Rebholz and Amy Scogggins are running for their third terms on the city council.

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Below is Grinols’ release:

I am Joe Grinols, and I am pleased to run for the Woodbury City Council having been nearly a lifelong resident of Woodbury.

I grew up in the community, and graduated from . I now am completing a degree in political science in the Wisconsin University system. I am in agreement with most of what our council and mayors have done in the past. It is good to know that we have a fiscally sound city with a AAA bond rating, and for that I am thankful. I would continue to work, to see that decisions that are made, uphold that type of fiscal responsibility. 

What I do know that I would bring to the table, that has been missing in some areas of our nation, and in a few points in Woodbury, is an attention to the prime principles of our country. Unfortunately there are occasionally new laws put in place that cut corners on our Bill of Rights, and other cherished liberties. One issue which needs to come before the council and is easily handled, costs the city nothing yet speaks volumes about what our community believes in is free public speech.

I am in agreement that certain businesses, firework displays, driving a car and a scattering of other activities should require licenses and permits in Woodbury. Giving a speech in the park should never have required a permit.

I am in favor of the and would highlight the advantages to the community of an outdoor pool as part of the development in our city. The city has done an excellent job at balancing green space and development. I am possibly one of the younger candidates at age 24 running for City Council. Servant politicians begin at all levels of government.

I am known to many in the community having worked with the and Washington County School District 833 as a lifeguard, supervisor and swim instructor for eight years. I am pleased to say that with the earnings from these jobs I have been able to pay for all of my college tuition, and remain out of debt. It is this type of fiscal responsibility and hard work that I will bring to the City Council. I will work to keep our debts low, and bond ratings high. 

I ask Woodbury to take the time to evaluate and consider me for their vote in November. I will be attending as many of the other community events as possible, which showcase the different candidates.



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Kris Janisch August 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Now I know why I remember your name Joe. I'll change the headline.
Dan Doyle August 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I would think that joe will be great at this
Faith August 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Hi Joe, A number of your statements resonated with me. What is your stance on chickens, bees, etc.? I find it embarrassing that Woodbury is so far behind Minneapolis, Roseville, and so many other cities in terms of the right of citizens to grow/raise their own food. Indeed, in April 2011, the Council voted unanimously to further restrict citizens' rights in a poorly worded bill. This bill limited that freedom to citizens that own homes in an agricultural zone and does not distinguish for the size of "livestock". In other words, a bee and a buffalo receive the same space allocation.
Kris Janisch August 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Faith, the "backyard chickens" debate came up in Stillwater recently. Just passed the planning commission. http://patch.com/A-xfGp
Eric Berg August 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I'm neither Joe, nor can I speak for the City of Woodbury. I can, however, speak to the issues of chicken raising in a suburban area. I was a city planner in a Woodbury-esque community in Missouri. In this community there were regulations against raising chickens in the back yards in non-agricultural zones. There was a guy raising chicken in his back yard and he was an absolute nuisance. The place was horrible--you could smell it from about a block away and, to make it even better, the guy was harvesting the chickens (not the eggs--the chickens) in his backyard. All of this made the neighbors quite uncomfortable and lowered their property values...and the guy couldn't understand why he couldn't do this on a 10,000 foot lot. A huge part of zoning codes aren't for the people who could, in this case, raise chickens, bees, etc. in a sanitary and humane manner, but for those who really can't. If the problems caused by those who can't would stop at their property line, then we wouldn't need as many restrictions or regulations on buffering, berming, et cetera. As a planner, part of my job is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Part of that is mitigating things that could be a nuisance to those living nearby. I could see it being a conditional use instead of a use by right because then you have the "teeth" to stop those who are being a nuisance while allowing those who aren't a nuisance.


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