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Mayor Rognstad

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News from the desk of the Mayor:

Lunch With The Mayor: An Open Invitation to the Public (Part One)

Post Date:10/05/2017 8:52 AM

This is the first of four weekly articles during the month of October describing my goals and priorities for the City of Sandpoint. This series is in preparation for a new “Lunch With The Mayor” informal meeting to be held on the last Thursday of the month beginning October 26th, from 12-1 at the Cedar Street Bistro in the Cedar Street Bridge.

As your Mayor, my goals are to, engage the public to address community concerns, improve the local economy, sustain the quality of life and keep Sandpoint affordable.  In this four part series I will address these goals, one at a time. My intention through this initiative is to be accessible to Sandpoint citizens, improve the quality and quantity of dialogue on issues important to Sandpoint, to dispel myth and misinformation and to empower citizens to have a greater impact on the health and well being of our community.     

Priority #1:  Engage the public to address community concerns.

This past Sunday a tragic event occurred in Las Vegas that was truly heartbreaking.  My condolences go out to family members and friends who lost loved ones and to everyone who was impacted by this horrific incident.  Such an act reminds us of human fragility. Let this unfortunate event remind us of our humanity and our capacity to come together in support of one another to overcome all obstacles. That is why I am reaching out to you now, because I understand that the challenges we face together will only make this wonderful community stronger. The purpose of “Lunch With The Mayor” is to strengthen communications, increase transparency and invite robust civic engagement at a time when it’s needed the most.

You can also find this series of weekly addresses at: City Of Sandpoint website (http://www.cityofsandpoint.com/your-government/mayor)

Lastly, it is approaching my midterm as your Mayor.  I welcome you to reach out to me and let me know how I am doing.  If you can find the time to email me, I’d love to hear your thoughts:  mayor@sandpointidaho.gov.  Thank you and I hope to see you at “Lunch With The Mayor” the last Thursday of month!
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Mayor Rognstad at deskShelby Rognstad was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho.  A fourth generation Idahoan, Shelby moved to Sandpoint in 1999.  Shelby first came here to practice permaculture after graduating with a liberal arts degree from the University of Idaho in 1998.  In 2006, he opened Common Knowledge Bookstore and Café.  In addition to selling new and used books, it served breakfast and lunch using locally sourced and organic foods. In 2013, Shelby co-founded The Hive, an entertainment venue in downtown Sandpoint.  Since 2012, Shelby has worked in real estate holding and private lending in North Idaho and Eastern Washington. 

Shelby served on the steering committee and Board of Directors for Sandpoint Transition Initiative (2007-2008) and has supported other local nonprofits, including Sandpoint Community Radio, the Public Forum on Sustainability, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and the Eureka Institute.  He practices yoga and Vipassanā Meditation and has volunteered at Vipassanā Meditation Centers in Washington, British Columbia and Puerto Rico.   He is active year round in sports and outdoor activities. 


Shelby’s public service began in 2007 when he was appointed to the Sandpoint Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.  In 2009, he was appointed to the Sandpoint Planning and Zoning Commission.  He served as Vice Chair until he was appointed to the City Council by Mayor Ogilvie on January 18, 2012.  Shelby was elected City Council President in February of 2014.  In November of 2015, he was elected Mayor and was sworn in on January 6, 2016.


Education and Workforce Training: 

While in office, Mayor Rognstad intends to work with employers, educators and community leaders to develop workforce training and higher education opportunities in Sandpoint.  The Mayor recognizes the importance and value of North Idaho College and the PTECH (Pathways to Technology in Early College High School) program in Sandpoint.  Sandpoint is fortunate to have excellent options in K-12 education.  However, more needs to be done to foster greater opportunities for youth and to develop an educated, skilled workforce in Sandpoint’s growing technology and health care industries.  For these reasons, supporting PTECH and the growth of NIC locally are high priorities.


In recent years, Sandpoint has seen significant growth in technology related industries.  Aerospace, biomedical and information technology, in particular, have taken a foothold.  High tech employers provide high paying jobs that serve a global market.  The result is an increasingly diversified economy that ensures economic stability.  The Mayor intends to continue to support these growing industries and attract new employers to Sandpoint.  By serving the needs of existing companies and leveraging assets, the City will retain quality employers and attract the right kind of growth and development in the future.   


Mayor Rognstad is committed to improving the quality of life in Sandpoint.  This requires a commitment to sustaining environmental health for which Sandpoint has taken many steps in recent years.  We’ve partnered with Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper to develop an herbicide-free weed management program for the lake.  We’ve created a city-wide zoning code which encourages multimodal connectivity, energy efficiency, community oriented design and reduces our carbon footprint.  Looking forward, the Mayor intends to reduce herbicide use in city parks, complete the implementation of the City’s storm water management plan and ensure long term protection of the City’s watershed. 


From the mountain to the lake, Sandpoint boasts many recreational opportunities.  Residents and visitors alike have long enjoyed the benefits of our signature assets: Lake Pend Oreille and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort.  However, recent additions like the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, the Sand Creek Trail and the Watershed Crest Trail have been welcomed additions to our world class park system.  Mayor Rognstad will continue to develop opportunities like these in the future. 

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