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What Do You Want To Ask Your Caledonia Trustee Candidates?

Caledonia elections are heating up and there are four seats on the Caledonia Village Board up for grabs. Submit your questions and we'll get them answered.

Four of the seven Caledonia village board seats are up for election this spring including the village president's position, and each has a contested race on April 2 along with the other positions.

Trustees serve two-year terms and are paid $6,600 per year. The village president is paid $13,000 per year and serves a two-year term.

We wondered what questions our readers would like asked during our coverage of the elections this season. Feel free to add them in the comments section.

Trustee No 1

*Kathy Burton (filed non-candidacy)

Ed Willing, 5754 Winstar Lane

David Prott, 2442 Rebecca Drive

Trustee No. 3

A primary was held for this race in February, but Jim Tiderman had announced prior to the election that he was pulling out of the race. Tiderman's name was still on the ballot because legally it couldn't be taken off. Wanggaard came out ahead in the primary race.

*Kevin Wanggaard, 3710 South Lane (re-filed)

3616 4 Mile Rd.

Trustee No. 5

*Jim Dobbs, 5314 Agatha Turn (re-filed)

Richard Frazier, 6023 Finch Lane

President

*Ronald Coutts, 609 Kentwood Dr. (re-filed)

Bob Bradley, 6022 Leeward Lane

* incumbents

KEEP ON KEEPING ON March 11, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Spell it out, candidates: Do you support revision of the land use plan and rezoning to allow for a 185,000 sq foot Walmart supercenter on the 2 parcels of land located at the Southeast corner of 4 mile and N Green Bay rd? And yes, I do mean how will you vote on the issue. Not "I can't answer that" or " I need more information" or " I want to sit on the fence" If you want votes, you better be quite clear and honest about where you stand.
me March 12, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Are you for or against a gentlemens club in the old blockbuster?
Edward Willing March 12, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I would be against such an obnoxious use of the location. Surely there are better options available. Of not, we need to find out why it would be vacant for so long unless it were a strip joint. Caledonia is better than that.
Edward Willing March 12, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I would not vote to amend the current LUP for this one project. I have advocated for an overall rewriting of the LUP to address new goals and new priorities for the village. We all know Walmart tried in one location and was stopped. So they went to a location that (for the most part) allows for their multi use plan. But that was from 2006. Much has changed, and certainly, a Walmart wasn't the vision of the original authors. On this revision, I would vote no, while stating my intent for the record, that I believe the LUP is faulty, out of date and needs to be revised so that debacles like this can be avoided in the future. We have much to offer.... I would like to see more than just Walmart knocking on our door.
Eric March 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Would you support the idea of Caledonia leaving RUSD to either form there own Schools District or Merge with another School District.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 06:25 PM
@Eddie - did you apply to be part of the group that looks specifically at the site in which Walmart is interested? I do think the LUP needs an examination, and, where applicable, revision(s) but this one area has to have use and zoning aligned to properly address the Walmart proposal, which does have a clock ticking on it.
KEEP ON KEEPING ON March 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Heather...what clock? Per the Kimley-Horn report given by WM to the the Village, they have a scheduled build year of 2014. Yet they are reported to be soliciting bids now. This must be addressed expeditiously, yet they have submitted no impact studies. So "for balancing the needs of WM and the community" (Janiuk quote) we have to revisit the VC-M. An area targeted (along with 9 others) over a year ago for re-evaluation. No one seemed to concerned about it then. And most likely I envision a re-active approach to review of other areas versus any pro-active action out of the current leadership. I drive on hwy K virtually every day (one of the target areas) and see for sale signs all along I-94 and K. Now water will be available out there (not sure of the timeline). When does the PC intend to look at that? Would not the overall scheme of commercial and other growth within Caledonia be best envisioned by looking at the whole? Ed-I appreciate your response. Because I do concur that revision may be needed. It is too bad WM is the impetus of work that should have been seriously looked at a while back. the reality is the PC could have given a response to WM back in January when they put in thie request: No-it's not an appropriate location nor the intent of the VC-M design. By no means would that have prevented the board or PC to re-convene the LUP committee to revisit their list and maybe act on our terms and not WM's force. Hope to hear from other candidates on this.
me March 13, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Ed, thank you for your reply sir, but I must respectfully say you lost my vote. A true democrat like Bill Clinton would be all over my idea. Thank you for you opinion and time.
Django Freeman March 13, 2013 at 03:36 AM
I think it's a good idea. That's a great location 4 a gentlemens club!
mau March 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I have a fairly good idea of where Willing stands on the issues. Who is Richard Frazier and where does he stand on any issue? Who is David Prott and where does he stand on any issue? Where do the candidates stand on the new Walmart proposal? Where do the candidates stand on re-routing Hwy 38? Where do the candidates stand on building a new Village Hall?
Tansandy March 20, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Just watch them all pander to the anti-Walmart crowd. Thety want the "Save don't pave" nannys. How about the "Be smart-Walmart crowd"?
mau March 20, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I do have a question for Ed Willing. How do your positions differ from David Prott on the Walmart, Hwy 38 and new Village Hall issues?
Hermes Trismegustus March 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I agree. I think Ed means well, but I don't think he is ready to be making these types of decisions. Thanks for the discussion. I have really enjoyed getting information, and it helped me learn more about this election. Thanks.
Edward Willing March 26, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Honestly, I don't know enough about David Protts position on hwy 38 or village hall. As the head of highways for Racine co, I have a feeling he advocates for a massive rebuild, but I have no evidence of that. Prott has said to the JT that he is in favor of Walmart. Not sure his position on the location. He appears to be in the same boat as Wanggaard though. Not surprising as they are good friends... To recap my positions: We need a new village hall, but I'm leery about building a new building quite yet, without the finances to do it. IMO, the fire station is first priority, but I'd ask Janiuk for his opinion first. Hwy 38 - I support DOT plan EX-6. This plan would maintain 76% of existing roadways, and simply move the entire 6 mi portion about 1/4 of a mile south, under the village hall/PD. it would widen and improve existing 31, and affect the least number of residents, stay away from Jo-Don farms or the airport, and require the least amount of rework for the train tracks. It is also the plan that affects the least amount of wetlands (out of 21 route variations) Walmart: the current location is not appropriate for that use. The only net gain to the community would be if Walmart (or another ancho) were the hub for more development. That would not be the case in the current location. I do not approve of the current location, and I believe David Prott has not given an answer on it to date.
Edward Willing March 26, 2013 at 02:43 PM
@me- That's ok. I don't think I'm in the minority when I say the club would be wrong for that location. ;) I think Prott would agree, so it looks like you won't be voting?
Edward Willing March 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
PB - I am assuming youre not defending the gentlemans club suggestion? Also. i assure you I am ready to make decisions. Some decisions I've been waiting years for the board to make. Lets get something done!

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