Roads, growth are top concerns for Germantown board hopefuls

March 10, 2014

Germantown — The candidates in the only contested race for the Village Board have a lot in common. Both Dennis Myers and Bob Warren, the candidates for the District 3 seat, are active in many community matters, and say their backgrounds will be useful. Both also list roads and managing growth as the top issues facing Germantown.

They are seeking the seat held by Melvin Ewert, who is retiring.

Myers, 70, is a retired Milwaukee Public Schools building maintenance employee who has a certificate in management and labor law from Marquette University. He has served two terms as a Washington County supervisor, and is unopposed for re-election to that post. He ran unsuccessfully for trustee in 2008, but has served 13 years on the Police and Fire Commission. He is married, and has four adult children.

"I believe in the same concepts Mel has for 20 years as a trustee," Myers said. "I don't like raising taxes."

He noted that during his four years on the County Board, county taxes have been reduced 6.5 percent.

But, Myers added, "I don't mind spending money, on a conservative basis, if it helps people. Germantown has been rated the No. 1 place to live by Money magazine. I want to keep it that way."

Roads are one place Myers would be willing to invest.

"There was a time they didn't have a budget item for streets," he said. "Germantown fell behind, the roads were deplorable. Things are getting better, but there's a long way to go."

Myers also backs a new business park for the village.

"We're going to have to have another business park," he said, voicing confidence Germantown will continue to attract new businesses. "If somebody wants to come in, we don't have room for them. We have been unique in this economy in that we're putting businesses into our business park on Mequon Road."

Warren, 59, is a professional engineer for Graef. He has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is married with two adult children.

Although Warren is a first-time candidate, he declared that "I'll hit the road running. I know the priorities and the political process to develop cost-effective solutions."

He serves on the Plan Commission and the Board of Review, and served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, and has served as the appointed consulting engineer for Glendale and Shorewood. He cites growth and infrastructure as his main concerns.

"Germantown is a rural type of community, that's why a lot of us moved here," he said. "We need to grow, but I want to grow conservatively (with) the proper mix of business, industrial and residential use. If we do this, we can maintain our rural character."

Warren feels Germantown has begun to tackle the road problem.

"I think the village is on the right course," he said. "We're trying to dig ourselves out, addressing the worst roads."

Three incumbent trustees are unopposed for re-election. They are David Baum in District 1, Jeff Werdeman in District 2 and Jeff Hughes in District 4.

Trustees serve three-year terms and are paid $5,500 per year.

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