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Candidates for Sister Bay Village Board of Trustees

Pamela Abshire (Registered write-in)

Age:  47

Education:  Pulaski high school; 2 years college at UWGB; have taken classes at NWTC

Occupation:  Clerk at USPS Sister Bay

Relevant Experience or Civic Involvement:  Volunteer at Scand; Volunteer for American Folklore Theatre

What is the biggest challenge facing the municipality and how would you address it?

The biggest challenge would be the Highway 42 reconstruction and how to keep all the businesses viable and how to “stay open” during this time.

If the board were forced to make budget cuts, what would be the first thing to go?

At this time I can not say what should be cut or not. After attending meetings, I realized the board is responsible for a lot more than most people realize. It would be best to talk to the finance committee to get better ideas.

What do you see as the board’s duty to the residents and businesses in the municipality?  To listen to all sides and make the best possible decision and to be able to communicate why the decision was made.

Scott Baker (Incumbent)

Age:  66

Education:  University of Illinois, served in U. S. Navy 1965 – 1969, Bowling Green State University 1969 – 1971

Occupation:  Retired from Electro-Motive Division General Motors Corporation 2001 after 30 years of service in payroll and benefits, and contract maintenance.

Relevant Experience or Civic Involvement:  Sister Bay Board of Trustees 2011 – 2013; Sister Bay Parks, Utilities and Library committees 2011 – 2013: Door County Economic Development Board of Directors 2011 – 2013

What is the biggest challenge facing the municipality and how would you address it?

The challenge is to attract and promote new business ventures in the village. Perceived barriers to business need to be examined, and eliminated if necessary, making Sister Bay a desired location for new business owners looking for opportunity. While Sister Bay Economic Development is currently working with a consulting firm to market and promote vacant properties in the village, we still have a number of vacant shops/buildings that need to be filled.

If the board were forced to make budget cuts, what would be the first thing to go?

We must be very careful with budget cuts.  Sister Bay, and all of Door County for that matter, is a tourism-based economy, and any cuts made will impact both year-round residents and the perception of the visiting tourists. Above all else, we must learn to live within our means.

What do you see as the board’s duty to the residents and businesses in the municipality?  The board’s duty is to keep the village moving forward, creating a business-friendly atmosphere, while maintaining our links to the past. We need to build on current assets, such as the waterfront park and beach, and the marina to make Sister Bay a vacation destination.

John Clove (Incumbent)

Age:  65

Education:  Upon graduation from high school I joined the US Navy. I was Honorably discharged after four years as a Petty Officer second class, qualified in submarines, US Navy Diver second class. Began my career in the optical business as a stock clerk and attended college at night. I was transferred out of state for a sales position with the company after one year and never looked back.

Occupation:  Retired. I was in the optical business for 40 years, the first 11 years with American Optical starting as a stock clerk and ending with seven years as Regional Sales Manager for the Central United States. The next 29 years I was self-employed as an Independent Manufacturers Representative carrying multiple non-competing lines for several optical companies.

Relevant Experience or Civic Involvement:  Member, Village of Sister Bay Plan Commission, 2008; Trustee, Village Board of Trustees, 2009-2013. Member, Plan Commission, Parks and Properties Committee, Marina Committee and Personnel Committee, 2009-2013; Member, Door County Maritime Museum Board of Directors.

What is the biggest challenge facing the municipality and how would you address it?

Economic Growth. Over the last 30 years I have seen Sister Bay slowly decline, with numerous businesses going bankrupt or closing shop. Our village has too many empty buildings and vacant land. The board has invested over $10 million to improve our Waterfront Park and Marina, providing a unique opportunity for business to expand in Sister Bay on properties with uninterrupted views of our beautiful lakefront. Our board has formed the Economic Development Committee and has funded the hiring of Vanderwalle & Associates to create a marketing and development plan to present to developers.

I have served on the Plan Commission for the last five years and have been intricately involved in re-writing our code to be more business friendly to encourage economic development. You have heard “build it and they will come,” well, it is time for them to come.

If the board were forced to make budget cuts, what would be the first thing to go?

We’re very fortunate in Sister Bay to have an Administrator and Finance Director who keep a tight control on our expenses so we are seldom over budget. That being said, I firmly believe we need to control our spending so we do not have to ask the taxpayers for increases every year.

The area I would trim first would be to limit design/engineering studies with outside contractors. We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for design and engineering studies for the Waterfront Park beach expansion, marina expansion and Bayshore reconstruction projects. While I do not pretend we have the expertise to draw up the engineering bid specs, I do believe we could utilize local talent and expertise to draw preliminary design concepts that could then be given to the design firms to draw up the bid specs.

What do you see as the board’s duty to the residents and businesses in the municipality?  As a sales professional, I look at the taxpayer as my customer – without them we would be “out of business.” So I think it is my duty to make sure government does not get in the way of common sense and we should make it easy to do business with the village. If we have codes that stand in the way of our businesses/residents then we need to review them and make changes when appropriate.

We need to create an environment that makes businesses want to locate in Sister Bay. We have the best marina and waterfront park in all of Door County and should spend our marketing dollars to promote Sister Bay as the destination of choice. If you hadn’t been to Sister Bay in the last five years, you would not recognize it…we need to get the word out.

Donna M. Scattergood

Age: 54

Education:  BSN, University of Delaware; PhD University of Virginia (Nursing); numerous continuing education experiences

Occupation:  Owner, Vitalution, LLC

Relevant Experience or Civic Involvement:  I have served in numerous volunteer capacities in both Sister Bay and Green Bay over the last 18 years. Most recently, I served on the board of Ephraim Yacht Club as chair of the education committee, and served on the scholarship committee, and safety committee. I also chaired a committee for the North American championships that brought in many visitors to Door County. In Green Bay I served on numerous educational and school board committees, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, the Family Violence Center and others. I have also served on national committees related to health, nursing, integrative health coaching and others.

What is the biggest challenge facing the municipality and how would you address it?

The biggest current challenge is twofold:

We need to stay abreast of the organization and successful execution of all that is involved in the Highway 42 redevelopment, while simultaneously continuing to develop Sister Bay’s uniquely charming “walkable village” attributes. This would include honoring, preserving and sensitively leveraging our special resources, including our people, our heritage and our natural resources (water, land, etc.)

I hope to steward this by listening deeply to residents of, and visitors to, our village and delivering on the blended vision that comes from numerous talented, thoughtful, concerned and involved people. I am naturally curious, tend to ask questions for clarity on issues, and am willing to speak up when necessary. I anticipate active committee involvement as well as board involvement with a fundamental commitment to a vital, sustainable and thriving village year-round.

If the board were forced to make budget cuts, what would be the first thing to go?

That would depend upon the relevant issues at the time cuts are needed. I can say that I would balance full consideration of all stakeholders before taking a position.

What do you see as the board’s duty to the residents and businesses in the municipality?  To listen deeply and with respect to all viewpoints and to make decisions that benefit stakeholders by continuing to develop and create a thriving village. I am very grateful to those that have already served our village in numerous capacities. I hope to contribute based upon their rich foundation.

Philosophically, I am committed to enhancing vitality – including the vitality embodied in our village community. Our vitality journeys in life are much like paddling upwind. In order to just maintain vitality we need to keep paddling. To enhance vitality and wellbeing we need to paddle faster and smarter than the wind while anticipating the changes in weather and other conditions. This requires both celebrating where we have come from (and what we have accomplished to date), as well as crystallizing and embracing the vision we have for our future.

Sister Bay is my “happy place” – regardless of weather or season. I hope to serve this vision as a village trustee. I started as a part-time resident 12 years ago. We fell in love with Sister Bay and were blessed to find a home here. Last year Sister Bay became our primary home (although my husband still works in Green Bay). I travel for family, business and pleasure but come home to Sister Bay. I have had the opportunity to visit many destinations and continue to marvel about the gem that is Sister Bay (and Door County).