Alderman candidates for St. Croix Falls City Council
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
On Tuesday April 7, residents of the City of St. Croix Falls will be able to cast their ballots for who they want to serve them next.
The District #1 alderman seat is currently occupied by Kirk Anderson. However, Anderson is going up against incumbent Arnie Carlson for the position of mayor.
There are two write-in candidates for District #1 Joe Snyder and Ken Coutier. Their statements are as follows:
Joe Snyder has lived in St. Croix Falls for 22 years and raised his family here.
“This special place is my home,” stated Snyder. “And the keystone to this place, this community, is a thriving downtown. But take a walk, anyone can walk the sidewalks of the downtown and see and feel the decay. It is clear, gritty, and immediate. It is a huge problem, both financial and cultural. This city is losing its vital identity and failing to capitalize on many, many opportunities for prosperity growth and renewal.
“As a public servant for the community, I will work to restore and develop this critical resource. From there, at the same time, initiate ideas, strategies, and actions whenever possible to revitalize or create other opportunities to help our town and our community while maintaining fiscal responsibilities.
“We have an actual historic Main Street. Think on that for a moment: Main Street. That’s important.
“We are on the western terminus of the Ice Age Trail, an important national trail that stretches over 1,200 miles to Sturgeon Bay. It connects us to other public treasures of the National Park Service. And it connects us in a very real and physical way to all of Wisconsin.
On the morning of March 24, Centuria Village President Stanley Swiontek sent the following (COVID-19 update) to Village Clerk/Treasurer Karen Edgell:
“Following the directives from Governor Evers beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, it is critical that all non-essential employees stay home. Non-essential employees who are unable to work as determined by their supervisor, will be eligible to use up to 80 hours of paid administrative leave, pending Board approval.
“Non-essential employees, using emergency leave under this provision, must be available to work as directed by their supervisor and may be directed to support activities for the COVID-19 response efforts.”
Swiontek stated further, “All Committee and Department meetings are canceled until further notice. The regularly scheduled Board Meeting on April 13 is canceled.”
To that end, a special meeting was called, which was held last Wednesday, to address how the village should move forward with services during this COVID-19 crisis. Edgell noted on the special meeting agenda that she will have taken extra measures to provide a safe and clean room!
St. Croix Falls junior Abby Jensen took first place in the 132-pound weight class at the state powerlifting meet in March at Appleton. Jensen lifted a total of 676 pounds in three separate lifts. Jensen squatted 286 pounds setting a state record for her weight class. Jayda Hellig, a junior at Unity, took fifth place, lifting a total of 605 pounds. – Special photo
Luck School referendum: Make informed decision
By Lynda Berg Olds
With the Luck School Referendum question prominent on the ballot of the rapidly approaching April 7 election, The Luck Enterprise Press deemed it prudent to share District Administrator Cory Hinkel's recent presentation at a Community Meeting earlier this month for those citizens, those voting citizens, who were unable to attend.
He began by outlining how the District came to this point. Hinkel noted the process began with a facilities audit, which is why they brought in CESA 10, with facilities expert Luke Schultz, to ensure, “we are doing right by our school.”
Hinkel advised that CESA went through the school campus:
“They checked the HVAC, they checked for asbestos, they checked multitudinous things with the facilities study and from that we identified our maintenance needs.
“With tight budgets some things in the past did not get taken care of...and the fact is we are at a point in time where things need to get fixed before we move forward.”