Ric was elected in November, 2005, to his first term on the City Council after a distinguished thirty-one year career with the City of Dubuque Fire Department as a Firefighter, Medical Officer and Emergency Medical Services Supervisor. He was one of Iowa's first paramedics and, despite his retirement from active duty, he remains a leader in the field today.
Ric currently is the Emergency Medical Services Professions Program Manager for Northeast Iowa Community College, does expert consulting in the areas of public policy and emergency response, and is the drummer and leader of the Upper Main Street Jazz Band.
Ric is an accomplished instructor in all areas of emergency care, with an emphasis on trauma and advanced life support. He has taught classes on emergency care all over the United States, including a stint for the United States Department of Defense training troops prior to their deployment for the first Gulf War.
On May 15, 2007, Ric was inducted into the Dubuque County Fire Association's "Hall of Flame," an honor that humbles him. Honorees have served the association with many volunteer hours to improve the fire service in and around Dubuque County.
On May 6, 2011, Ric was one of the inaugural inductees to the Dubuque County "Stars of Life," honoring his many years of service, instruction, and innovation to the Emergency Medical Services community.
The 2005 campaign was a pretty gentle one. Ric has a great deal of respect for his friend and former opponent Dan Nicholson, who held the seat for 16 years. The campaign was a positive one, focusing on the future.
In 2009 and 2013, Ric was re-elected by a huge margin. He looks forward to the challenges and opportunities that Dubuque will face over the next several years.
Whether at the Council Table, at work at NICC, or at the drums with his jazz band or one of the community theater groups Ric performs with, he has fun and knows what he is doing. Ric knows the importance of being prepared. In either case, people are counting on him!
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Left: Ric and Sue
Below: Their 6 year old, Fred
Ric also serves the following boards, commissions, committees, clubs and causes:
Board Vice-Chairperson of the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency
Board Member of the Dubuque Racing Association
Board Vice-Chairperson of the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau
Member of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Chamber of Commerce Festivals Committee
Member of the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study Policy Board
Member and Past President of the Dubuque Downtown Kiwanis Club
Founding Committee Member and Presenter of Make A Will - A Tri-State Initiative
Board Member of the Iowa Workforce Development Region 1 Workforce Investment Board
32nd Degree Member of Dubuque Lodge # 3, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
Past President of the Dubuque County Shrine Club
Noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine, El Kahir Temple
Member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction
Member of the Masonic High Twelve Service Club
Member of the Dubuque County Conference Committee
Past President of the Board of Directors of Hills and Dales
Member of the Jamie Barwick Hills and Dales Foundation Board
Member of the Winter Games Committee for Special Olympics Iowa
Member, Past Board Member and Past Public Policy Chair of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association
Member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Founding Member and Past President of the Dubuque County EMS Association
Member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators
Member of the Iowa Firefighters' Association
Past Vice-President and Board Member of the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters' Association
Former Staff Representative and Member of the International Association of Fire Fighters
Past President of the Dubuque Professional Fire Fighters' Association
Member of the Dubuque Retired Fire Fighters' Association
Past Member of Teamsters Local # 120
Member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Member of the American Civil Liberties Union
Member of the Dubuque Branch of the NAACP
Member of the Leadership Council of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Member of American Mensa and Iowa-Illinois Mensa
Member of the Dubuque League of Women Voters
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Southwest Arterial: Construction on the first phase of the project is underway! Many people have worked very hard for a long time to get to this literally ground breaking moment. The project is now a high priority of the Iowa DOT and includes a US 20 bypass that will remove most of the through truck traffic from Dodge Street. This is very good news!!!
IBM: IBM remains pleased with their choice of Dubuque. Dubuque is doing well with it also. IBM has filled all of the 1,300 promised jobs and more.
Storm Water Management: The Bee Branch Watershed project is well underway. Upstream improvements at Carter Road and on West 32nd Street have significantly slowed the flow of storm water down the hill. This will be a linear park and an amenity for the entire neighborhood. And no more flooded homes in the flats! Phase one near 16th and Kerper is nearly finished. Negotiations with the Railroad to get the project under the tracks near Garfield Avenue are continuing. We believe that we have a common vision that will get this portion of the project moving. These negotiations have been challenging as the railroad has changed ownership twice since we began.
A nearly $100,000,000.00 grant from the State of Iowa will allow the city to accelerate the project including many permeable alleys and some underground storm sewer improvements and upgrades. We expect that our community will be free of street and basement flooding during extreme rain events once this is all completed.
The alley rebuilds will spur other private investment in neighborhoods. We've seen it happen! Just as blight begets additional blight, nice makes for more nice. Watch and see! Assessments will support a small portyion of the construction of these alleys. So far bids have been lower than estimates and the assessments are also lower than estimated.
Sustainability: The City Council is working to make Dubuque a greener city. We will make every effort that we can afford to be successful at reducing the City's carbon footprint and improving the quality of life for all Dubuquers. We are using a few hybrid vehicles in the City fleet to determine if they are up to our vigorous tasks. The gasoline fleet is being migrated to E-85 use. The diesel fleet is primarily a "clean diesel" fleet and is currently using a soy diesel blend, with good results.
We are partnering with Eagle Point Solar to generate electricity for our Municipal Services Center to partially power the facility using solar panels on the rooftop. We are exploring a solar energy project at the water treatment facility at Hawthorne Street.
We have adopted the goal of reduction of greenhouse gases in the City of Dubuque by 50% by the year 2030. A brilliant not for profit group called Green Dubuque brought this proposal to us with solid research to show that it can be done with little pain and great fiscal return on investment. We look forward to their next steps!
Water and Resource Recovery Center: Construction is complete on the new Water & Resource Recovery Center. The digesters are on line and are making methane as they break down the wastes. The facility is heated and cooled by the liquid from the sewage. The next step is utilization of the methane to power most of the facility.
Chlorine gas had been used to disinfect the liquid material before returning it to the ecosystem. The switch to using ultraviolet light to disinfect the material instead of the chlorine has occurred and is an enormous improvement all by itself. Chlorine is a dangerous chemical to transport, store and use. For more information, click on this link to the Water & Resource Recovery Center website.
Additional capacity improvements have been made to the sanitary sewer system to eliminate the need to pump sewage into Catfish Creek during high rain events. Previously, because of inflow of rainwater to the sanitary system, it is overwhelmed in the Key Way area. If the overcharge is not released, backflows occurred into basements. The new sewer has eliminated that problem.
The city continues to actively look for sources of infiltration and inflow of storm water to the sanitary sewer system. This includes injecting smoke into sewer lines at some residences and will also include some interior inspections. Sump pumps, foundation drains and downspouts that drain into the sanitary sewer must be disconnected and routed to the storm sewer system or discharged outside.
Streets: We were very pleased with the results of the "East-West Corridor Study," the implementation of which will likely put new round about intersections on University Avenue at Loras, Asbury and Pennsylvania, add some lanes in the University Corridor, especially between Loras and Pennsylvania, change some lane markings, add traffic control devices and some turn lanes to Asbury Road and other east west thoroughfares.
Please contact the Public Works Department with street repair concerns. Potholes are generally repaired as soon as possible, but only once they have been reported.
Inclusive Dubuque: The City is partnering with leaders of industry, business, finance, education, commerce, faith, and social services to improve human relations and make Dubuque a truly welcoming community. In the world economy in which we all compete for sales, and commercial growth we also compete for the best and brightest employees. To assure continued local opportunities for Dubuque's children, grandchildren and generations to come, this may be our most critical task. For the community to succeed and grow, people must want to live here and feel welcome moving here. Under the leadership of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, we feel that this broad community coalition will help us achieve improved inclusivity. This is the greatest challenge of the 21st Century. Cities that do well at becoming truly inclusive will be the ones that prosper and grow and become truly sustainable in every way.
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