David Meets Goliath – Face Off with Met Council

As a 20’s something Manager for a prominent home builder, I took up the challenge to get our “urban sprawling” acreage subdivisions on well and septic systems approved for FHA financing which included a condition requiring Met Council approval.

After months of preparation, the Met Council meeting day arrived in downtown St. Paul. Sitting in the audience, I was relieved that nearly 60 agenda items were dispatched in 30 minutes. Most were consent agenda items with staff endorsed outcomes. Mine was not. After a brief staff introduction and recommendation for denial, I was invited to defend the proposal.

After a 45 minutes exchange, the council voted to disregard the staff recommendation and approve our subdivisions. The first in the seven county metro area.

Thank you Met Council Chairman Roger Scherer (of Scherer Brothers Lumber) for your thoughtful consideration and leadership.