Ephraim Board of Trustees Candidates

Brad Massey

Age: 42

Family: Wife, Sara Glenn Massey

Education: B.A. Mass Communication, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Occupation: V.P. of Sales & Marketing, eTailer, Inc.

Why are you the best choice for village trustee?

While working for companies in Chicago, my wife and I dreamed of making the zip code of 54211 our home. We moved here permanently in 2003. Shortly after our move I began publishing Door County Living magazine. I wanted to apply the corporate discipline distilled from work within larger companies to a smaller, more regional business. That six-year experience allowed me to engage many residents and business owners in the community. I believe that this unique mixture of professional experience has provided a civic understanding as well as a fiscal responsibility that is necessary to serve as an effective village trustee.

Jane E. Olson

Age: 66

Family: Widowed

Education: BS in Elementary Education; MA in Computers as an Educational Tool

Occupation: Retired Educator and Summer Tutor (Specializing in helping students to reach their potential and improve t heir self esteem)

Previous Elected Office: Served two terms on the Village of Ephraim Board of Trustees

Relevant Experience/ Civic Involvement: Chair, Ephraim Library Committee; Physical Facilities Committee; Chair, Community Protection Committee (CPC); Chair, Fire Truck Research subcommittee and the Fire Station Addition subcommittee; Sunday School Teacher.

Why are you the best choice for village trustee?

Whether I’m the best candidate for village trustee rests with the voters. I believe in serving my community with an open mind, in a non-judgmental manner, and using common sense. I want to hear all sides of an issue and dislike conflict. I prefer to settle differences through the use of constructive methods such as active listening, problem solving, compromising, and sharing of facts and opinions (not intimidation). My reasons for seeking office remain the same: I’ll work to maintain the village’s historical appeal, protect its beautiful shoreline and natural resources, and insure up-dated safety protection for taxpayers and their property.

Are there services that the village provides that should be cut or scaled back to save money?

Are there places that the Village could cut or scale back? Of course there are, but each taxpayer evaluates village services based on how they affect them on the personal level or on personal opinion. Taxpayers do not always see the total picture of the behind the scenes workings of the village. We have been able to keep the village budget from increasing over the past few years by cutting spending, having staff research for grant sand other sources of funding, by spending the taxpayers dollars wisely, and by finding the best way to investments our funds. As a result, we have a very little outstanding debt. In addition, the village established capital reserve accounts to help defray the cost of future known large purchases.

Are there services the village should take on?

I believe that the current economic environment limits the tasks that we should take on. However, we must also recognize when we can’t afford to not make changes as well. If the Village wants to be proactive and not wait for a fire truck to fail at a crucial time, we need to replace our 30-year-old pumper truck as scheduled. In order to do that by the scheduled date in 2012, we need to order that truck soon. Also, if the village wants to address the safety issues and training issues of the fire department, the village should look very closely at the best way to meet those needs. These two areas can affect the departments ISO rating and the calculations of individual fire insurance rating for your fire insurance premiums.

What other issue or issues are a high priority for the village in the term ahead?

I’ve already mentioned two major projects that the village needs to address. Two other upcoming major projects that the village faces in the next few years are: 1. The Waste Water Treatment Plant is seeking funds to defray the cost of installation of reed beads to deal with the bio-solids they currently haul away. These beds will not cause any environmental problems. It is getting harder to find locations that will bio-solids and it is becoming more costly to transport and dispose of them. Having our own reed beds will take care of the problems the Waste Water Treatment Plant faces and in the long run will save money for the village. However, if the Waste Water Plant cannot find grants or other funding sources and does not have enough capital reserve funds set aside; the Village will have to help fund this project.

2. Resurfacing of Hwy. 42, which the state has scheduled for 2013 will be a costly project for the village. The Board will have to decide whether to improve the adjacent parking lots, roadsides, and drainage problems that exist that are not the state’s responsibility. Also we will need to address concerns such as walking and/or bike paths.

What is the number one thing that can be done by the board to make the village a better place to live?

The board, its staff, and its committees must continue to find ways to become more user-friendly and open to suggestions. We need to become more proactive and less reactive by utilizing active listen rather than just telling individuals how we conduct business. I believe this can be done without destroying the ordinances, atmosphere/appearance, and expectations of this village by establishing village goals, utilizing our committees in a slightly different and more efficient way, using problem solving to resolve differences, establish a better way to communicate with our taxpayers, and most of all by showing respect for all points of view. Boards need to be responsive the people paying the bills. However, the taxpayers have a responsibility to be informed and communicate with board members whether we are meeting their needs. Election time is one way to communicate, but in my opinion it is not the best way to communicate their concerns.

Sue Sherman

Family: Husband Steve, two sons

Age: 57

Education: Wauwatosa East High School

Occupation: Owner/Innkeeper Village Green Lodge

Previous Elected Office: Ephraim Village Trustee (2005 – present)

Relevant Experience/ Civic Involvement:

Assistant Vice President, Regional Manager for ten branches of Security Bank in Milwaukee (1986 – 1996); Began working at Security Bank in 1976; Ephraim Business Council Board Member (1996 – 2008), serving in various positions from president to treasurer; Board Member of Door County Visitor Bureau Board of Directors (2006 – 2010); Chair, Physical Facilities Committee; Member of Ephraim Moravian Church

Why are you the best choice for village trustee?

I have more than 30 years of practical experience working in customer service, human resources and management, including the past 15 years as owner/innkeeper of the Village Green Lodge in Ephraim. I am open minded and committed to the responsibilities required of the trustee position. I live by a high standard of personal ethics. I will always look at all sides of every issue to make prudent decisions that are in the best interest of the residents and local economy. I have been encouraged to run for office by the previous and current Village Presidents and many residents.

Are there services that the village provides that should be cut or scaled back to save money?

At this time I do not think that there are any services that need to be cut or scaled back. The village board has been prudent in managing the village budget and providing services that are beneficial to village residents but monitored closely. As time progresses we do need to be open minded to the possibility of combining some services between communities.

Are there services the village should take on? Can’t think of anything right now.

What other issue or issues are a high priority for the village in the term ahead?

Maintaining open communication between the residents and village board. As topics appear on the agendas, people need to attend meetings, read minutes and communicate with the board.

As we prepare for the resurfacing of Hwy 42, we need to evaluate and prioritize what projects will impact the Village in the future as well as the present, and plan and budget in the most cost effective way.

We must continue to work together with the community to utilize the room tax funds in a prudent and practical manner, which will be supportive of our small businesses while supporting the interests of all residents.

What is the number one thing that can be done by the board to make the village a better place to live?

The Village of Ephraim is a wonderful place to live. We need to stay mindful of the aging population, while making a commitment to attracting young families and providing a supportive business climate. There needs to be continued communication between residents and the board to address concerns and develop solutions.