Five candidates are seeking three, two-year terms on the Mount Horeb Village Board on April 4. (I) indicates incumbent.
Ryan Czyzewski (I)
Address: 108 Terrace Court
Family: Married to Amy (14 years), three daughters
Job: IS Manager, Thompson Investment Management
Political experience: Appointed Mount Horeb Village Trustee 2013, re-elected 2015
Other public service: Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2013, vice president 2014 to present; Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation since 2012; Knights of Columbus Council #10559; youth soccer, baseball coach.
Education: Marian University, bachelor’s of science, Business Management; Globe University, MBA
Address: 311 Center Avenue
Job: Retired wastewater utility superintendent
Political experience: None
Other public service: Dane County MARC Board, WI Wastewater Southern District treasurer
Education: Southwest Technical School, UW-Platteville
Steven Grindle (I)
Address: 314 N. Brookwood Drive
Family: 2 children, 4 grandchildren
Job: General manager of Gino’s Italian Deli
Political experience: 2009-present, village trustee; Mount Horeb village finance committee, Mount Horeb public safety committee
Other Public Service: Mount Horeb Fire Department board
Education: Graduated from Mount High School, 1974
Address: 201 Westmorland Drive
Family: Wife and two adult children
Job: Retired network engineer, UW-Madison
Political experience: None
Other public service: Past board member, Mount Horeb Historical Society
Education: A.S., Santa Barbara City College; various technical classes, UW-Madison College of Engineering
Brent D. Yauchler
Address: 809 E. Main St.
Family: Wife, 4 boys (14-24)
Job: Owner of The Electrician Inc., a local electrical contracting company
Political experience: None
Other public service: Member of the local Mount Horeb Food Pantry Board, member and past president of the Mount Horeb Rotary Club, board member of the Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation and member of a Workforce Development committee for that organization, board member and acting treasurer for Breaking Barriers of Madison
Education: Naval Nuclear Power Program, USN; associate’s degree from UWC-Baraboo, Master Electrician, former NCCER certified craft instructor for ABC of Wisconsin
List three of your top priorities.
Czyzewski: Increase our commercial tax base through continued redevelopment of downtown, reignite stalled development in the east corridor and develop a business park southwest of the Village. Find solutions to the high demand for recreational resources, including athletic fields. Attract affordable senior housing so that lifelong residents will have more options to stay in our community as their needs change.
Goltz: Downtown Parking. Managing local taxes. (Prioritizing multiple bond issues if possible.) Continue balanced sustainable growth for the village.
Grindle: Completion of the new fire and police department building. Completion of the new village sewer plant. Continuing development of our downtown TIF, along with all other TIFs in the village.
Smith: Planned growth of residential and business properties. Continued growth of local businesses. Continue with a high level of learning for everyone in the educational system.
Yauchler: Assist with function of village operations through board activity in an accountable and transparent manner. Support the ongoing efforts of our local Chamber and MHAEDC toward sustaining and growing our vibrant community. Support the school district and municipal districts to accommodate changing needs within our growing community.
If you could reverse one village action, what would that be?
Czyzewski: In 2014, the Village Board was approached by the Dane County Housing Authority to operate affordable housing in the Village. We took a procedural step to revoke their previously authorized ability. The next agenda item was to reauthorize it, but we tabled the issue due to lack of information provided by DCHA. Though we ultimately passed the authorization at the next meeting, we should have tabled both items so our intent was not misconstrued.
Goltz: If possible, I would have liked the scheduling of the bond issue for the Mount Horeb School District first for our voters to act on during times of multiple bonds presented to our taxpayers.
Grindle: The TID 3 development agreement — The risk to the Mount Horeb village was too much.
Smith: I am not aware of any actions by the village that should be changed.
Yauchler: I am unaware of any recent action by the Village Board that would, in my opinion, warrant the need to be reversed.
How would you change the way the village handles development?
Czyzewski: The village should find opportunities for our local Economic Development Corporation to pursue. Right now, the EDC is doing a lot of the legwork, and the village can do more with its connections to regional and state resources.
Goltz: I would have changed nothing but continue to realize that we must have sustainable growth to develop and provide great schools and a thriving downtown core that draws young and old to move and become a part of this great community. With that said, we always must be aware of the tax burden repercussions that our taxpayers must carry with the decisions we make.
Grindle: TIF development should always be a “Pay as you go” agreement, or no grants being given out until a occupancy permit has been attained. There is little, to no risk, in that scenario.
Smith: Make sure the public is informed and involved with the Village Board and Plan Commission as development occurs. As growth occurs it may be that new tools are needed to maintain full communication with a larger number of people. It may be time to look at some of those options and how they would work here.
Yauchler: I would work to encourage those processes associated with development within our community be performed in a manner that promotes accountability and transparency. I would support continuing to encourage open lines of communication and education around matters of development for our community members.