Mandeville Municipal Candidates' Forum: March 3, 2004

Mandeville Council District 2 Candidates

Please list three reasons why you are running for this position. My long standing in the community and love for the City, preservation of our quality of life, and my experience in government with the time to serve are just three of the reasons I am a candidate. A.) Protect the physical beauty of the City of Mandeville. B.) Protect the financial interest of our city. C.) Ensure the quality of life enjoyed by all of our people.
What are your top three legislative priorities should you be elected to this seat? Three of my top priorities are maintaining our fine police department, continue with upgrading infrastructure and making certain that our planning and zoning ordinances are updated to keep pace with our growth. A.) Return the community appearance committee to the city process. The committee's purpose was to review all permit applications, for signs and landscaping. The city council dissolved this committee. B.) Return the Mayor to the approval process. The city council changed the ordinance that gave the Mayor the power to approve city events. In changing the ordinance, all special events appeals will have to go to the 22nd District Court. C.) Introduce ordinances prohibiting development in flood areas.
What changes will you propose to improve the quality of life for the residents of Mandeville? Most of the above priorities, plus other ongoing improvements in park and recreation are all ways to improve our quality of life. Hold builders and developers more accountable with drainage, landscape and saving of trees. The building/developers have a direct impact on all aspects of the quality of life, green-space, streets, and drainage.
How will you unify the different parts of the City of Mandeville? The three districts in Mandeville possess unique qualities. These are being united by bicycle and pedestrian paths, which each year has been extended. The Tammany Trace is now complete through the City. This also helps to join neighborhoods. Work closely with the mayor and other council members to develop a master (5) year plan outlining all capital improvement and set priorities in order to complete the plan.
What steps will you take to increase the amount of green space and parks within the city limits of Mandeville? The City has been very proactive in this area and is always seeking ways to increase this. Subdivision lots have been purchased, not only for this reason, but ease drainage problem areas. A large parcel was secured for a planned "Neighbor Woods" project which hopefully will be developed in the near future. To seek federal grants to purchase flood prone land that is not suitable for building, to use for drainage improvement, green-space, parks, and playgrounds.
What are your plans for further marsh acquisition in Western Mandeville? Within the last couple of years the City was able, through grants, to purchase 1100 acres and lease another 300 acres for wetlands assimilation. It is our desire to purchase the latter, as well as several hundred more areas to the west. If additional marsh land becomes available, I would make every effort to purchase it. I will work closely with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to keep marshland as well as the existing swampland for water filtering system.
What changes, if any, will you propose to the CLURO? From time to time as our City boundaries increase, as neighborhoods change, etc., the CLURO has to be modified to make these changes in a smooth, orderly manner, to keep the best quality of life. Review, Monitor, and Update as needed.

Biographical Information

I received a B.S. from Southeastern LA. Univ. My family bought a home in Old Mandeville when I was 3. We lived here permanently for a few years and then for several years on weekends and summer. Since 1950, however, I have been a permanent resident. In 1962 my husband and I opened Boettner Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Covington. I ran the insurance portion until 1990, after which I maintained both licenses with other brokers, until I retired a couple of years ago. I was elected to the City council in 1980, ran for mayor in '84 and lost in a run-off. In '92 I was again elected to the council and am still serving as represetative of District 2. Presently I am a member of the LMA and the STMA. Over my tenure in Mandeville, I belonged to Mandeville Jaycee Janes, K.C. Auxiliary, Historical Society, Fourth Ward Recreation District and the Thomas L Young Auxiliary of Southeast LA Hospital, just to name a few. I still belong to the latter, serving a surrogate parent. I am a parishioner of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, where I am an usher, Eucharistic minister and member of the altar society. I have been a resident of District 2 of the City of Mandeville for 26 years. High School: Pascagoula, MS. Studied Real Estate Law at Tulane (Night courses). Studied Business Management at Michigan State. Married to Natilia Burns Shows, father of 4 daughters, grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 5, member of St. Timothy United Methodist Church. 15 years with Wiener Enterprises as Corporate Vice President and member of Executive Board with responsibility for Real Estate and Investments. With A&P Food Stores for 26 years in the capacity of management and Director of Property Development for the Southern Region, covering the southeastern United States. Veteran of Korean Conflict-served with the 101st Airborne Division. Member of American Legion Post #415, Mandeville. Registered Republican. Served on City Council from 1984-1992. Chairman of Special Events Committee, City of Mandeville, 1994-present. Past Chairman, Mandeville Harbor Committee. Past Chairman, Civil Service Board, Fire District #4, Past Chairman, State Environmental Action Committee.