Schreck: Will hit the ground running
Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series highlighting City Council candidates for Lake City. Read about the other candidates here.
Gregory S. Schreck
- Age: 61
- Address: 620 South High St., Lake City, MN 55041
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- Education: Construction management degree from UW-Stout with business minor
- Family: Married 38 years to Debra Schreck. Three grown children and two grandchildren
- Occupation: President of Fairiver Corp., Minneapolis real estate investment firm. Owner of Lakeside Antiques in Lake City.
- Civic Involvement: Lake City Kiwanis, Lions and Masons. Current Council member. Past President of Lake City Tourism Bureau, member of Destination Lake City and Treasurer of Save-the-Bluffs.
What differentiates you from the other candidates in this primary election?
Being that I am currently on the City Council, I can hit the ground running. I am very familiar with our Comprehensive Plan, our Charter, our Master Plan, city ordinances and staff. I am invested in the community financially and have performed countless hours of volunteer work delivering Meals-on-Wheels, volunteering for Water Ski Days, Cleanup Days, Christmas tree pickup, and more.
My leadership skills and knowledge in the construction industry set me apart from other candidates. My knowledge of Lake City's history and experience running businesses has been helpful with budgeting, setting priorities, listening and making good decisions. I am a proven entity on council and have an excellent track record on all levels, community service, private work and family life.
What do you think is one critical issue facing Lake City now, and how would you propose to solve it?
Lake City struggles with similar problems of other towns our size. Two of those would be maintaining good medical care facilities and keeping a vibrant downtown. Lake City has a unique hospital arrangement with Mayo Clinic Health System. We participate in the ownership of the hospital. Therefore, we are constantly involved in negotiations with Mayo to maintain the services that were in place when we agreed to the partnership.
The conversion of the four-lane highway to three lanes through Lake City in 2020 will calm traffic downtown and provide safe crosswalks to better access our best asset, Lake Pepin. The filling in of Lake Pepin is a very critical issue that impacts our tourism and marina. We have formed a new Environmental Commission to help address this very complicated issue. We are fortunate to have some very talented individuals on that commission. In addition, our marina has become a member of the Lake Pepin Alliance Group that is dedicated to Lake Pepin sediment issues.