Incumbent Village President Ron Coutts loses his seat to Bob Bradley. Two incumbents on the Village Board—Jim Dobbs and Kevin Wanggaard—keep their seats. And David Prott returns to the Village Board after having been gone for a few years.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Is this a clash in personalities or principals, or both?
UPDATE: With no discussion, the Village Board voted 4 to 1 to remove Jim Morrill from the Plan Commission. Village Board Member Kathy Burton said she was hoping to have the issue discussed out in the open, but since it wasn't she could not support Morrill's removal. Jim Dobbs, a Village Trustee, abstained from voting. Initially, Jerry Griswold, a Village Trustee said he would abstain from voting because Morrill said he had "some type of vendetta against him," but once he realized there wouldn't be enough votes to remove Morrill he changed his mind. ORIGINAL STORY: Caledonia Plan Commission member has refused to resign his position when asked by the Village Board to step down. At the request of theVillage Board, Ron Coutts, the Village …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Residents raised concerns over operational issues.
Despite residents having voiced concerns, Caledonia will become home to a trucking company along the East Frontage Road near I-94. The Village Board and Plan Commission met Tuesday, June 14 to discuss the issue and make a decision on whether the Time Transport project should move forward. Ultimately, the Village Board voted 6 to 0 to approve the conditional use permit. George Buchmeier, the owner of Time Transport, presented plans in May that included building a 12,000 square foot building at 5231 Highway 41. The company is a 24-hour operation. Residents raised questions of whether the company stored product on the site or whether they rented trucks. But Julie Anderson, zoning administrator for the Village, said that they do not trans load…
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Owner had trouble finding financing for project.
Despite having numerous fans on the Village Board, plans to build a new indoor baseball field have been put on hold. Jerry Griswold, a member of the Village Board, said he got a call from the architect that had presented plans for a 50,000 square foot indoor baseball field in the Caledonia Industrial Park in Franksville. The project is on hold because RJ Fergus, the owner of Hitters Baseball, is having problems with finding funding for the project. Fergus said he currently leases his current location at 4726 6 Mile Rd.; he had hoped to finish the financing for the project and break ground on the five-acre parcel in August. The baseball club, which has grown from 150 to 600 players, competes in major baseball showcase tournaments and offers…
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The ceremony for the Caledonia Village Board may have been short, but it was back to work for these board members.
Political newcomer Jim Dobbs, and returning board members Kathy Burton, Kevin Wanggaard and Ron Coutts took their respective places on the Village Board last night. For Dobbs, a retired police officer, taking his seat on the Village Board was a new experience. But for the others, taking the Oath of Office was old hat. Dobbs replaced Bob Bradley, who retired from politics this year.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Three Incumbents Return to Village Board, despite write-in campaign.
Three incumbents and one new board member will serve the Village of Caledonia. Jim Dobbs won against Duane Michalski for the Village Trustee No. 5 spot on the Village Board. Dobbs earned 3,840 votes to Michalski’s 2,676. Despite a last minute write-in campaign by David Gottardo and Margo Tepley, Village Trustee no. 1, Kathy Burton, and Village Trustee no. 3, Kevin Wanggaard, will remain on the Village Board. Ron Coutts, the Village President, was also re-elected, but he ran unopposed. About 38 percent of the 20,176 registered voters casted a ballot in this election. That's about twice the usual amount compared to the spring election held last year. Here's what the candidates had to say: Jim Dobbs I was getting nervous the last few days …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
With an eye on easing property taxes, Michalski would look to change the Village Land Use Plan to allow for more development.
Editor's note: Jim Dobbs and Duane Michalski are vying for a seat on the Caledonia Village Board. The election is slated for April 5. Here are Michalski's answers to several key questions. Duane Michalski, 43, of 4715 N. Green bay Road, has lived in Caledonia for 17 years. He grew up in Franklin and works as a truck driver. How would you characterize the village's financial position? It’s pretty stable, for now. I think there will be potential stress though with the shared revenue cuts. But we have a great staff in Caledonia, who have already had salary cuts and pay more for benefits. We’re just going to have to get creative to deal with this. What challenges face the village and how would you address those challenges? I think there are …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Development among one of the key issues facing the Village.
Editor's note: Jim Dobbs and Duane Michalski are vying for a seat on the Caledonia Village Board. The election is slated for April 5. Here are Dobbs' answers to several key questions. Born and raised in Racine, Jim Dobbs, 53, of 5314 Agatha Turn, attended Washington Park High School and graduated in 1976. He pursued a business degree for three years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside until 1981 when the Racine County Sheriff’s Department hired him as a deputy. Six months later he became a law enforcement officer with the Racine Police Department. He rose through ranks without a degree and just retired this year as a lieutenant. Dobbs purchased his first home in Caledonia in 1982 and built a…
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Learn more about your community government.
Each of the agendas are in the photo gallery. 7 p.m. March 15 6156 Douglas Ave. 6 p.m. March 15 6156 Douglas Ave. 6:30 p.m. March 16 6156 Douglas Ave. 5:30 p.m. March 18 10005 Northwestern Ave
Monday, February 21, 2011
Board will discuss options after a number of residents voiced opposition to being charged for sewer and water services they don't use.
The Village Board will discuss the boundaries for the Caledonia Utility District, an issue that has outraged a number of residents. Residents from the Old Field Settlement subdivision, Highway V and Bell Road are angry because they are being billed for water and sewer services they aren't using. The group made the argument to the board last month that they will never use the service because they are on private mound and well systems, and not hooked up the village's water and sewer system. Residents are being charged between $400 and $700 for the service on their tax bills. Earlier this month about 75 resident came to the Caledonia Utility District meeting to ask that the boundaries be changed. However, the Utility District voted to keep …