With city elections happening this fall, Meridian City Council’s current president Treg A. Bernt says he’s ready to “do it again.”
In May, Bernt announced he is running for a second term on the Meridian City Council. Bernt talked with BoiseDev about how he wants to focus on growth and community communication if reelected.
Importance of partnerships
Bernt has held a seat on the council for four years, two as the president, and in that time he has learned that valley partnerships are “extremely important.”
“There (are) a lot of partnerships that we have in the valley that make a difference,” he said. “… We have the Ada County Highway District, we have with West Ada School District and things go better and planning is much more effective when we’re all working together and we’re all communicating, and we all are working at the same goal. And with that said, those who are running for office, and those who are elected, say that a lot, communication is a big deal, we just needed to talk more, and things are going to happen. But we’ve actually done some things that have made those processes much smoother. And, and in going forward, we’ve learned a lot, we’re going to continue to do that.”
Downton Meridian & growth
Ahead of the election, Bernt called the downtown area his priority. Downton Meridian is growing fast, new businesses and housing are popping up constantly, and holding a seat on council means making important decisions on these new developments.
“I’m not the builders, but I feel like I played a part and a role in that,” he said. “And (I’m) very proud of the downtown corridor, I’m proud of the businesses that are in the downtown corridor. And in going forward, you’re going to see me continue to spend a lot of time in the downtown area making sure that we grow and it’s viable, and businesses are able to make a profit and people are able to continue to spend money and patronize restaurants, bars, and businesses.”
Housing prices in the Treasure Valley have skyrocketed recently and Bernt says that the council comprehensive plan he helped put together will aid in navigating that pressing issue.
“We have priority growth areas,” he said. “I think it’s important going forward that we stick to our guns with our priority growth areas for a number of different reasons: I think it makes sense for the developers and makes sense for our city services. And it’s important that we stick to the comprehensive plan and I think that’s going to help out with making decisions with regards with just smart growth.”
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