Taxes, fire service on Lannon candidates' list of issues
Village of Lannon — Economic development, fire service and taxes are among the issues of importance to the candidates running for Lannon Village Board this spring.
This year, three seats are up for grabs on the board. All three incumbents — Ron Dutcher, Daryl Fiene and Ronald Nellis — are throwing their hats back in the ring. Facing off against them are political newcomers Robb Moore and Wayne Rummel, as well as former Village President and Trustee Jerry Newman.
Dutcher said his years of experience professionally and on the board are assets he has brought to the position over the years.
"I thing a lot of things have been accomplished over the years," Dutcher said. "It's important we all work together because this is a pretty tight-knit community. We're a very small village, and we're limited on money."
Dutcher said the village should consider improvements toward the baseball diamonds and views the imminent Fire Department consolidation as an important issue.
"We have to do something to be proactive," Dutcher said. "We have to do what we can to attract quality housing."
Fiene said he wants to make a third go-around for the Village Board because he is concerned about economic growth within the community. He said he believes future policy decisions should continue to focus on expansion.
"We have to keep balancing the budget and look at growing our tax base," Fiene said.
Throughout the election season, Fiene said he has touted his approach toward what he describes as common sense and conservative spending practices.
"I don't believe in throwing money at a problem before looking into it," he said. "I've worked for the City of Brookfield, and I know how most governments work."
Moore, who has never run for political office, said he can bring a fresh perspective to the board. While he is new to Lannon, Moore said he and his family are "settling down."
"I want to be a part of something and see how I can help make it better," Moore said.
Moore said he business growth is one of the top issues of importance in the community.
"I think some of the people (on the current board) have gotten set in their ways, and I think it's time for a change," Moore said. "I can bring a youthful presence to the board."
Nellis, who served as chief of the Lannon Fire Department for more than 20 years, said he wants to seek out a second full term on the board so he can continue promoting a development friendly climate in the village.
"Our property base needs to grow if we're going to keep taxes low," Nellis said.
Since assuming a spot on the board, Nellis said he has strived to ensure he listens to his constituents.
"You're not always going to agree with everybody, but you try to do the best job for the majority," Nellis said. "It's about seeking out the betterment of the village."
Newman, who was unseated as village president a year ago, is once again seeking political office. As the grandson of one of the village's founders, Newman said he aspires to stay active in the community.
As the business owner of three area enterprises, Newman said he has brought financial expertise to the village in the past.
"I've managed multimillion dollar budgets, Newman said. "I've proven to be a good executive."
Looking forward, Newman said he is concerned about infrastructure repairs within the community and would like to see the village prioritize the capital expense in the years ahead during budget deliberations.
Rummel, who says he is "a fan of less government," decided to make his first foray into political office because he is not content with existing policies in the community with regard to new development.
"There are too many restrictions on business and technology," Rummel said. "We should be maintaining taxes and make sure they remain as low as they are now."
Rummel said infrastructure should take the top spot on the village's spending priority list. He further stated he did not view the baseball diamond project as high on the list.
"This is about providing the village with the necessities," Rummel said. "This is something I am interested in seeing."
Ron Dutcher (inc.)
Address: 7099 Parkview Drive
Occupation: Plumber, technology representative with faucet company
Education: Plumbing certification from Waukesha County Technical College
Family: Wife, Laurie
Elected office: 14 years on Lannon Village Board
Activities: Organizer of Lannon Car Show
Years in community: 20
Daryl Fiene (inc.)
Address: 7294 Vine St.
Occupation: Retired from city of Brookfield's maintenance department
Education: Attended science classes at Waukesha County Technical College
Family: Wife, Shirley; six children
Elected office: 4 years on Lannon Village Board
Years in community: 27
Address: 18925 W. Good Hope Road
Occupation: Service technician with Time Warner Cable
Education: Attended classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Family: Wife, Tina; four children
Elected office: None
Activities: Involved with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Years in community: 2
Ronald Nellis (i)
Address: 20149 W. Good Hope Road
Occupation: Sales representative with Commercial Industrial Chemicals
Education: Attended classes at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee School of Engineering
Family: Wife, Karen; two children
Elected office: 3 years on Lannon Village Board
Activities: Member of American Public Works Association
Years in community: 34
Address: 7082 Town Line Road
Occupation: Owner of several companies, including one devoted to property investment, construction litigation and racing teams
Education: Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Family: Wife, Evonn
Elected office: 5 years on Lannon Village Board, 2 years as Lannon village president
Activities: Member of Lannon Business Association
Years in community: 43
Address: 20179 W. Good Hope Road
Occupation: Retired; works part-time as machinist
Education: Bachelor's degree from Tennessee Temple University
Family: Wife, Eileen; four children
Elected office: None
Activities: Involved with various functions at Calvary Baptist Church in Menomonee Falls
Years in community: 22
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