Bret A. Burke
Occupation, work experience: lumberyards, building trusses, appliances, dairy farms, turkey farm Brief Biography: I grew up in Pelican Rapids, MN where I attended school and graduated in 1987. I was a middle child from a pastor's family and Cub S...
Occupation, work experience: lumberyards, building trusses, appliances, dairy farms, turkey farm
Brief Biography: I grew up in Pelican Rapids, MN where I attended school and graduated in 1987. I was a middle child from a pastor's family and Cub Scout Master in April of 2003 in Wadena. I served in the position until late 2004, when I resigned due to several reasons including moving to Perham.
In the area of economic development what, if at all, does the city need to do to promote growth?
I think that helping promote the smaller businesses such as craft stores might be helpful.
Do you favor an expansion of the Perham Area Community Center? If yes, what are some of the financing options you would suggest?
I do not favor expanding the PACC unless it is upward. I strongly am against any business persistently attempting to buy out homeowners whom do not wish to sell, for the sole purpose of expanding a parking lot.
As far as options for financing, I am sure that the PACC, as a business, should have no problem in obtaining a business loan from any one of the fine financial institutions in the Perham area.
Please give us your thoughts on the future of the Perham Municipal Liquor Store. Do you have a preferred location?
I think the liquor store is in a very nice location. Any attempt to move it from the downtown area (which I believe plays a big part in the downtown economy) defeats the purpose of other businesses having to remain in an area which is already starting to show empty store fronts.
What do you feel are the city's top priorities or objectives at this time?
Haven't thought about it. I'll have to get back to you on that.
What, if any, concerns do you have with the city now, and what ideas would you bring to the table as mayor?
I think something needs to be done to provide smokers with a place where they can do what they enjoy doing, which is getting to be harder and harder in an area where communities are now starting to ban smoking in outdoor areas.