has asked many questions during his
first few weeks on the Waukee City Council
and is already earning praise for his
, who replaced former Councilman Jeff Mertz, began his
term Jan. 1, he
research.Bringing home stacks of papers that include council meeting packets and minutes, Harvey
has spent nights and weekends reading and reviewing to better understand issues, ordinances and protocol.
Councilman Don Bailey Jr. said Harvey's question and behind-the-scenes prep work are evidence that he
is committed to wrapping his
arms around the history of city issues.
...Harvey, who moved to Waukee 18 months ago and is a computer programmer for EMC Insurance in downtown Des Moines, said the main issue which drew him to take an active role in the community was the parks system.
"I am disappointed with the number of park locations and overall awareness of neighborhood parks.We need to ensure we are making space and planning for parks and taking care of the ones we have," Harvey
found one issue consistently stands out: The struggle to gain support for connecting Alice's Road to the interstate to spur business growth must remain a priority.
"I think economic development continues to be the most important initiative as we are planning the city for growth and shaping how it will look.A lot of that rotates around Alice's Road and the possibility for an interchange," Harvey
Advice comes free to Harvey
is happy to get all he
City employees have told Harvey
it takes three to six months to get up-to-speed on issues.
I just want to be the best council member I can be," said Harvey
, who pledged to bring fresh ideas to help the city grow responsibly.
Remaining consistent with the goals the council has established over the years is key, he
said, when he
votes.To date, Harvey
has attended two council meetings and one workshop.
, Waukee's newest councilman, and his
wife, Sara, sit in the family room of their Waukee home.Casey
moved to Waukee 18 month ago and became motivated to run after seeing a greater need for area parks.