Ford and Sauer are easy choices for Shorewood Village Board Election April 5th (Michael Sauer, Answers Questions on Issues)
Candidates for Shorewood Village Board, Don Ford and Mike Sauer are my choices to endorse.
The four candidates running for the two open seats are Don Ford, incumbent Michael Maher, Michael Sauer and Christopher Piotrowski,
Michael Maher has already served two terms on the village board of trustees. Also in full disclosure, he was the board representative on the Conservation Committee, on which I served for 3 years. Although diligent to his duties in attending the countless sessions over his past two terms, Maher has basically been another one of the "get along, go along" mentality of the current board membership. With 6 years on the board, Maher has had the time to contribute his ideas, and should be replaced with someone with new ideas and enthusiasm.
Christopher Piotrowski is running for the board, but has been less than enthusiastic in telling his story to the voters of why he should be elected. He has neglected to attend the public forums, in which the voters have an opportunity to see, hear and question the candidates. He was the only candidate who was a "no show" Piotrowski is also a partner in the new Big Bay Brewing store on north Oakland Avenue. Big Bay Brewing received a $25,000 loan from the Village of Shorewood, which may be seem to some to be a conflict of interest for someone running for the very board that approves such loans.
MY CHOICES FOR ELECTION
Michael Sauer was the only candidate to answer questions sent to each candidate, his answerw are below. He has campaigned diligently, and has not been afraid to give answers to some hard questions. He has an impressive background, and should bring new energy to the board.
Don Ford ran for the village board in the last election, and I had also favored him in that election. His accounting background, and willingness to serve the community will be a real plus in economic picture that the Village faces today, especially with the proposals on cuts, coming from Madison. His enthusiasm and commitment to village service, has earned him a shot for a board seat.
FOLLOWING IS QUESTIONAIRE ANSWERS FROM CANDIDATE SAUER
NOTE: A request to answer these questions was sent to all the candidates in the upcoming (April 5, 2011) Village Board Election. Four candidates are running for two seats. Mr Sauer was the only candidate who responded.
1. I would be interested in knowing "precisely" what you want to do, if you are elected to the Village Board.
My first priority as an elected trustee would be to find ways to support the high quality of life in Shorewood that we have worked so hard for, such as our excellent school district, our thriving green space and overall walkability. I want to make sure that we can achieve this with minimal burden on the tax payers so that Shorewood is able to stay competitive as a community and attract new families. I think this is possible through bringing in new sustainable businesses, pursing outside funding sources such as grants, and proactively exploring creative solutions to potential problems.
2. Would you act differently than the current trustees --- how would you be different for the better.
I believe I can bring a new young perspective to the board. I also think it’s important to proactively seek out potential problems that plague aging communities such as failing sewer infrastructure and home maintenance rather than reacting to them once they occur. We need to look at other aging communities throughout the country as a model for Shorewood.
3. Is Shorewood or any of the other northshore communities viable as parochial entities ?
Yes, however each village or town is part of an overall north shore community and we need to work together to share lessons learned and best practices in order to maintain our current services .
4. With declining enrollment in our schools, and no quick fixes as to changing our demographic picture --- should we all have our own little school systems, replicating the administrative and capital costs over and over ?
I believe that school consolidation could actually lead to increased costs, a loss of local control, and a loss of the sense of community centered around our schools. The village board and the school board need to work together to help increase school enrollment as well as the village population in the long term.
5. Should we combine our police force with WFB -- how about all the Northshore communities combining police services as they have done with the Northshore Fire Dept ?
Consolidating the Shorewood police department with the north shore communities is a feasible approach that may increase cost savings and services. We have already established a successful partnership with for our dispatch services as well as mutual aid. Due to potential budget cuts and declining populations this is an opportune time to leverage cost saving through shared equipment, personnel, and building space.
6. Do you think the governor is right or wrong in destroying the public unions?
Instead of destroying the unions, the governor and legislature should work with the unions. When a bill is passed that divides a state so decisively it may not be in the public’s best interest.
7. Do you think Shorewood should continue to negotiate with the public unions, even though they do not have to?
Whether a worker is a member of a union or not; we should always treat workers (keeping in mind these are the people who educate our youth, maintain our roads, and keep the village functioning) respectfully and listen to and address their concerns.
8. If the other unions lose certain benefits and incur more costs, do you think we should negotiate exactly the same with the police union that is exempt?
Yes, we should negotiate with all unions equally. All public employees provide a service to the community and should be treated equally.