Three incumbents and two political newcomers will face off for three seats on the McFarland Village Board. The terms are for two years.
Jerry R. Adrian (I)
Address: 6216 South Court
Family: Wife, Judith; son Nathan
Job: Retired, formerly in education for 35 years, school administrator
Prior elected office: Village trustee
Other public service: Chair of Safety Committee, chair of Senior Outreach Committee, member of Public Works committee, member of Emergency Management Committee. former member of: Village Library Board, Personnel Committee. Charter member board member and president for the Wisconsin Association of Middle School Education, board member and president for National Middle School Association. Served on Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Committees: Drafted guidelines for subject area specialists and drafted recommendations for length of middle school academic year.
Education: Master of arts in school administration, Northeast Missouri State University; bachelor of arts in education, teaching certificate in science and physical education, William Penn College; additional graduate credits from UW-Madison and UW-Platteville
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Daniel Kolk (I)
Address: 6401 Pheasant Run
Family: Married; four children
Job: Recently research administrator for the UW-Madison School of Medicine
Prior elected office: Have served two elected terms and one appointed term on the McFarland Village Board.
Other public service: Parks Rec Natural Resources Committee (10 yrs). Chair four years; Ad Hoc Transportation Committee; Volunteer Committee; Plan Commission; Personnel Committee; Village Bargaining Team
Education: Bachelor of science in nursing, Northern Illinois University; master of science in administrative medicine, UW-Madison
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Address: 6224 Renee Court
Family: Married to Kira
Job: Account examination specialist II at Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation
Prior elected office: None.
Other public service: Substitute teacher
Education: Bachelor of arts in secondary education from UW-Eau Claire, 2010
Mary Pat Lytle (I)
Address: 6102 Holscher Road
Family: Four adult children; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild
Job: Assistant administrator at Wisconsin Public Service Commission (retired)
Prior elected office: Three terms on the McFarland Village Board
Other public service: Member of McFarland Lions Club for 10 years; treasurer for four years
Education: Bachelor’s of business administration from UW-Eau Claire in accounting, 1980; certified public accountant certificate
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Address: 6112 Rivercrest Drive
Family: Married, one child
Job: Former commercial flight attendant. Currently, a mom.
Prior elected office: None
Other public service: Election judge, constituent services intern for member of U.S. Congress
Education: Master of arts in political science, University of Colorado, 2016; bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication, Colorado State University, 2005
Website or email address: www.courtneywyatt.com
List three of your top priorities.
Adrian: Infrastructure; keep the mill rate as flat as possible for McFarland taxpayer; review mass transportation possibilities for the village.
Kolk: 1.) Expand and enhance McFarland park facilities, amenities, and recreational opportunities, including re-purposing underutilized parks. 2.) Manage the commercial, residential, and recreational design of McFarland to incorporate walking and biking options to promote a healthier community. 3.) Assuring east side development options to assure that McFarland is not completely encircled and limited by Madison expansions in town of Blooming Grove
Kryzenske: Together with you, we will rejuvenate McFarland. We will create an open government that listens to, engages and involves the people. Balancing economic development with the concerns of the people is another priority. We will also repair roads and storm water drainage systems so that they endure into the future and are constructed adequately the first time.
Lytle: 1.) A community center housing senior outreach, the youth center, meeting rooms, etc. 2.) Encouraging commercial development. 3.) Re-establishing service i.e., leaf and lawn waste collection.
Wyatt: I would like to see an increase in mixed-use zoning that would make McFarland more appealing to businesses, which would put money back into our community. Improvements to create a more vibrant downtown area would be beneficial. I would also like to increase the number of sidewalks/improve path connectivity for our residents.
If you could reverse one village action, what would that be?
Adrian: I wish we had been more active in purchasing property for future village infrastructure.
Kolk: I would roll back the agreement that allowed Madison to annex land anywhere south of Highway 12/18. In retrospect, Madison heavily developed an area that ended up in the McFarland School District. There have been few new municipal services developed for this area and those people are less served by Madison as a taxing authority than if they had remained in the village of McFarland.
Kryzenske: Given the chance, I will reverse the village’s choice to not be open and transparent. The village does not record all of its meetings, make its approved budget available, or provide the approved village master plan. The village does not even provide the Village Board trustees with all of the necessary information. I will give the village government transparency.
Lytle: If I could reverse one village action it would be to repeal the ordinance that requires the village to go to referendum for facility costs over $1.25 million.
Wyatt: The agreement to loan funding for a school district project from the village cash reserves. Since the money was budgeted for the village, it would have been fiscally responsible to keep the money for that purpose (for a village project.)
How would you change the way the village handles development?
Adrian: I believe it is important we provide for more balanced commercial and residential growth.
Kolk: As a plan commissioner I evaluate many development proposals. The price of homes and apartments is rapidly exceeding the budgets of working families and retired people. To maintain a diverse community of wage ranges and educational backgrounds, we must create new housing standards and cooperative financing programs to incentivize the inclusion of some affordable housing options within larger developments.
Kryzenske: Thus far, economic development in McFarland has focused on the desires of developers and involved increasing amounts of debt. I will fight so that the concerns of all McFarland residents are heard and considered in all development projects. I will also ensure that the village does not borrow excessively for these projects and pays off all of its debt annually.
Lytle: The village needs to work hard to attract more commercial development. Our tax base has a very high percentage of residential properties. Having more commercial properties would help relieve the burden on residential taxpayers.
Wyatt: As a new resident, and a ‘fresh set of eyes,’ I have seen what other towns have done properly to create successful and sustainable development. Historically, McFarland has favored development for single-family homes over businesses. Changes should be made (tax incentives, increased locations for commercial real-estate, etc.) to make McFarland attractive to local businesses. This would allow our residents fewer trips to Madison for restaurants, recreation and necessities.