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Your Chance to Ask Trustee Candidates About Key Issues Facing Whitefish Bay

From taxes to sewers to downtown development, the next Village Board will tackle several key issues in 2013. Patch wants readers to pose questions for the five candidates running in next month's Whitefish Bay Village Board primary election.

Five candidates are running for two spots on the Whitefish Bay Village Board in the Feb. 19 primary election, and Patch will be there every step of the way as we cover this important race.

But this time around, we are going to have our readers get more involved in our coverage of the campaign. And we're starting by asking you to help us formulate questions for the candidates.

Whitefish Bay Patch will soon contact the candidates vying for the trustee spots to get biographical information as well as their views on the issues facing the village. But we don't want to be the only ones posing the questions; we want to hear what's on your mind as well.

If you have a question you would like to ask one or all of the candidates, post it in the comments section below or on the Whitefish Bay Patch Facebook page.  We'll do our best to include your question as part of our coverage of this key race.

The five candidates on the primary ballot are incumbent Trustee Jay Miller and challengers Robert Crawford, Kenneth Wysocky, Carl Fuda and Kevin McMahon. The top four vote-getters will advance to the April 2 general election.

Chris Anderson January 22, 2013 at 04:43 AM
1. Last year, there was controversy about the Little Free Libraries in Whitefish Bay. Where do you stand on the issue? If elected, would you want to revisit the issue? 2. WFB is considered a red-tape municipality when it comes to building codes. Homeowners are required to take out permits for just about everything. What are your thoughts on reforming the code to make it easier for Villagers to improve their homes? 3. Shorewood made a presentation suggesting Whitefish Bay should join them and create a joint police department. What are your thoughts about this potential consolidation? 4. Last year, WFB began a program whereby all private sewer laterals would be inspected and if repair was needed, replaced, with the homeowner paying $3-5,000. Will you vote to continue this program and force all residents to repair their laterals? When it's eventually proven that sump pumps are far more effective in removing clear water from sewers, will you change the program and require sumps instead of lateral replacement? 5. Over the past two years, the board has let fewer and fewer members of the public speak at board meetings. Would you continue that practice, or try to convince the Board to allow more access for the public?
Bob McBride January 22, 2013 at 04:51 AM
I'd like to have each candidate name what they believe to be the top 3 issues facing the Village at this point in time (and why, if it wouldn't be otherwise obvious), in order of importance along with an explanation of what they believe they bring to the table in regards to each issue. I'd ask that they restrict themselves to issues that actually might come before the board.
StaynConnected January 22, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Chris, Excellent questions. I think you nailed it! I would add one clarification, however, based upon experience of how the sewer lateral inspection program is going in our 'basin' - the one south of Hampton. The inspections have been completed and the village is planning to require lining on ALL laterals - even those few that didn't exhibit defects. This is going to be VERY costly for WFB residents and, as you have observed, it won't address the real problem. The solution is going to require sump pumps to handle the foundation drains.
Chris Anderson January 22, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Question .. a few years ago, the Village and BID created a grant fund to help new businesses open on Silver Spring. That fund will be gone in a few months when 2 more businesses take grants. As Trustee, would you vote to move more money into this fund to help attract new Silver Spring businesses?
Cris Rogers January 22, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Whomever will work to attract and retain new, upscale shops and decent dining w/ easier liquor license requirements has my vote. The development of Oakland Ave in Shorewood serves as a template for WFBay's Silver Spring Drive. Envision a wine bar, an Anthropologie clothing boutique, a quaint Creole restaurant....
Sports Mom January 24, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Many residents have expressed concern about the potential health and environmental risks associated with the village's pesticide use on public green space. Can you please share your thoughts on how the village should address this concern? Thank you!
tom sherman January 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM
regards flooding: why not abandon the pipe & digging projects.? 1) what is the cost of the average flooded howeowner to signifigantly reduce damage by shelving, waterproving their furnace or heaters with a rubber blanket or plywood cage, moving furnace and heater higher etc. compared to digging? 2) donahue & assorciates told residents that the more the streets flood the less basements do. so why not cover the storm sewer grating on purpose to flood the streets? one could issue cheap covers to residents on the streets to be flooded to store in their house and throw down when flood occurs. along the lines of adopt a hydrant. neither one of this alternative has been studied. i sent this to donahue and associates with no return em answeron their part.
Joe Resident February 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Sounds like your basement has never been flooded and you are clearly disturbed.

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