Election morning voting trends are indicating there may be more voters than expected casting ballots in the Town of Delafield fire station referendum while in the City of Delafield there may be fewer voters than expected casting ballots in a four candidate mayoral primary election.
Town Clerk Mary Elsner had predicted a turn out between 20 and 30 percent. However, about 15 percent of the town's nearly 6,000 voters had cast ballots before 11 a.m., indicating the possibility the turn out might exceed 30 percent by the time polls close at 8 p.m.
During the first four hours of voting about 8 percent of the city's aproximately 4,800 voters had a cast ballots. At that pace, City Clerk Gina Gresch acknowledged, the voter turn would not reach the 40 percent turn out that she had predicted.
The size of the voter turnout is considered a critical factor in the four candidate mayoral race that includes Alderwoman Michele De Yoe, Alderman Jeff Krickhahn, former Alderman Al Zeitlow and Lake Welfare Committee Chairman Kent Attwell.
Attwell and Zeitlow were the candidates most mentioned by about a dozen voters interviewed by Lake Country Publications at the Christ the King Church, the city's polling place.
Zeitlow was greeted at the polling place by senior citizen Marilyn Scalzitti who told him he would get three votes from the family, hers, her husbands, and their adult child.
She said they would vote for Zeitlow because of his education background. He is a former biology teacher and school administrator who has been elected to various school boards during the past three decades.
Nancy Lesniewski said she was voting for Attwell because of his positions on dredging Lake Nagawicka, rebuilding Milwaukee Street and city taxes.
Town of Delafield voters appered to be sharply divided in interviews at Town Hall over the $3.9 million referendum to a build a new fire station/town hall at the Sports Common Park.
"I am fully in favor of it. I have utilized their services and they have always provided remarkable good services," said town resident Don Koepp.
"They are unrealistic in their expectations. We don't need bedroom facilities in a fire station for an all volunteer fire department," said another Town resident who declined to be identified.
Plans for the fire station include sleeping quarters for volunteers who are paid per call and are assigned over night duties. Sleeping quarters are a standard feature in recently built fire stations in Lake Country.