Waunakee Tribune, March 29, 1990

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March 29, 1990

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Waunakee Tribune (Newspaper) - March 29, 1900, Waunakee, Wisconsin The StaieHisi:oric8] Society SISStdteSt ^ggg^g^ 0 U Madison. V'llTribune 537Ü6 "The Only Waunakee in the World" Waunakee/Dane County, Wisconsin March 29, Ì990 Volume 73 No. 44 School board okays building Petition by opponents could force referendum s i-i ii . X- lliiiÄI lÉIlliiiiiliigiiftp« By Art Drake The school board voted Monday to borrow up to $6 million to implement the building proposal that was defeated last November. Now the school board and administration must wait to see if someone gathers 646 signatures to force a referendum on the borrowing. The school board members want the public to know that they're not trying to sneak the building program through, they're just trying to follow the new state law regarding school bonding procedures. School board members expect someone to find those 646 signatures, a magic number that is equal to 20 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election. The deadline is April 13. And if a referendum is forced, it probably will be held in late May or early June. The school board voted 6-1 to borrow up to $6 million to build a new middle school adjacent to the high school, to remodel the current middle school for use by the elementary school and to add classrooms to the high school. School board member Dwight Ziegler cast the only dissenting vote. And school board member Karl Marquardt waited until all the other votes were counted before voting in favor of the borrowing. Marquardt explained later that, although he favors the building proposal, he felt a smaller-scale project would have a better chance of winning the approval of the voters. School board member Steve Kraus, who chairs the facility committee. said the $6 million proposal is "a long-term project. It's not piecemeal. It addresses all grade levels in the district. It's visionary in its approach." "It's the best, most economical long-term project for the entire district," Kraus said. Noting that the borrowing proposal was defeated 957-722 last November, Kraus said it is not unusual for school boards to present the same building proposal to the voters repeatedly. (SCHOOL BOARD continued on 2) Four contend for three village board slots Barb Cash of Waunakee and "Taffy" take a brisk walk through the village streets one cold morning recently. (Photo by Steve Kruschek)Constitutional amendment appears on ballot April 3 By Art Drake Four persons are running for the three available seats on the Waunakee Village Board. Here are the views expressed by them in interviews with the Tribune:Nolan Anderson Anderson has been this way before. He served two terms on the village board before stepping down three years ago to devote tnore time to his family and his business. Since Anderson left the village board, Waunakee has set up a tax incremental finance district in its industrial park. Anderson opposes TEF districts. "I'm not opposed to growth," he said. "But I'd like to see a steady, controlled growth." Anderson wondered if the growth slated for the industrial park will generate more apartments in Waunakee, as opposed to the single-family homes he would rather see here. Anderson also noted that, when he won the village board, he had a role in the village's adoption of limits on On Tuesday, April 3, 1990, Wisconsin voters will consider a proposed constitutional amendment to limit the governor's authority to paftial veto appropriation bills, accordihg to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA), Madison. The question on the ballot will read: "Partial veto of appropriation bills. Shall sectio^n 10 of article V of the constitution be revised, and shall an additional provision"be created in that section, so that the governor's power to veto appropriation bills in part does not permit the creation of a new word formed by rejecting individual letters in the words of the bill passed by the legislature?" The WTA, a non profit government-research and citizen-education organization, said the governor was given the authority to partial veto appropriation bills in 1930 by constitutional ameiidment. The rationale for the adoption of that amendment was to give the governor a power that would counterbalance the legislature's capability to include a wide variety of matters in a budget bill. Without the authority of the partial veto, the governor had only I (AMENDMENT continued on 3) Where to vote Here are the locations and hours of Waunakee area polling places for the April 3 election: •Village of Waunakee - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in village municipal building. •Town of Dane - 9 a.rii. to 8 p.m. in the town hall. • Town of Springfield - 8 a.m. 8 p.m. in the town hall. •Town of Vienna - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the town hall. •Town of Westport - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the town hall. the number of apartments. He would oppose placing any more land in a TIF district, he said, "unless it was a business that we really wanted to attract." Anderson said he decided to try to return to the village board to help keep taxes down. "I'm not just a 'yes' person," he said. "We can't just say yes to everything that comes edong." Anderson said he sees in the current village board a tendency to sajryes to too many requests. m)m his own personal standpoint, Anderson said, he doesn't need any more seridces from the villaige. He opposes the proposal to hire a person to coordinate recreational activities. The Softball program is being run just fine as it is, he said. Volunteers run the youth baseball and soccer programs quite nicely, he added. ' "We don't need to spend thousands of dollars in payroll to handle recreation," he said. "If the recreation program is working fine now, why try to fix it? Waunakee's Main Street business district could benefit from an effort to coordinate improvements and perhaps establish a theme, Anderson said. The village's role in that should be to serve as a clearinghouse for information. Anderson has been an insurance agent for 14 years, six years in Waunakee. Before that, he worked at Sentry foods in Waunakee. He once ran a hardware and grocery business in Marshall. While on the village board, Anderson served on the ordinance, police, personnel, finance and street committees. He is active in the Waunakee Rotary Club.Pat Cile Gilè is running for his second term on the village board. JEFF MURPHY In the next few years, he would like to see the village office and the fire station expanded to handle the needs of a growing community. He also said the village will need a full-time recreation director, who would work to coordinate recreahon for people of all ages. "With the village growing the way it is with baseball and soccer and programs for the elderly, we would DENNIS SWENO need one person to coordinate recreation," pile said. "Now, with different pèople running each pro;5ranv it's hot too well organized." People Gilè has spoken to agree that someor^e is needed to take control of th^ various prograirs and to add ne\^ programs for older people. (VILLAGE C ANDIDATES continui d on 8)School board race for Waunakee seat; Westport representative unopposed By Art Drake Two candidates - Robert Manske and Paul Weitzer - are vying for a school board seat representing the village of Waunakee, while Karl Marquardt is unopposed as he seeks re-election to the school board seat representing the Town of Westport. Although school board members are designated to represent the various municipalities, voters throughout the school district get to vote on all of them. Manske and Weitzer survived a three-way primary in February, in which the third candidate had bowed out. Here are the views of the school board candidates as expressed in interviews with The Waunakee Tribune. The comments from Manske and Weitzer are reprinted and updated from the Feb. 15 issue of the Tribune.Robert Manske Manske has lived in Waunakee since 1982 and in the school district since 1971. He said he is running for his third three-year term on the school board "because it's still fun. There are still some hard choices to make." Manske said tie enjoys the stimulation of those hard decisions, although the choices themselves sometimes aren't any fun. Among the toughies he has faced in the past few years have been the decision to contract with a new school bus firm and to support a tax incremental finance district for the village. Other hard decisions remain, he added. Some of them have to do with facilities: What kind should be built? Where should they be located? Helooks back at the $6 million building plan that was rejected by the voters in November as the cheapest solution for the long term. "The $6 million price tag was high," he admitted. But if the school district builds piecemeal, "when you get through building all the things that need to be built, you're going to end up right up there." A special meeting of the school district indicated that any plan will have flaws which can legitimately be criticized. Last November's referendum failed because the voters had a hard time swallowing the $6 million cost all at once, Manske believes. Also, he believes that several other objections combined to defeat the proposal: traffic congestion, the proximity of the middle school with the high school and additional rooms for the high school. Budget questions pose an annual set of tough decisions, Manske said. This year, special education issues appear to be especially critical. This is the second year that ¿\e school boaid has had a request to fund a social worker position. That's one job that Manske believes Dane County should take responsibility for, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards. And then there are teacher contract negotiations. Manske, a member of the negotiating committee, said that this, too, is a perennial, hard task. ROBERT MANSKE "With the state mediation-arbitration law, we can't hard-nose it because we're going to lose." he said. As a result of the med-arb law, contract settlements in Waunakee and elsewhere tend to provide raises of 6 to 8 percent a year. PAUL WEITZER Manske said he is happy with the quality of education that Waunakee schools offer. Th^t quality is al a level that consistently attracts new people to the school district and earns Waunakee recognition throughout the state. \ KARL MARQUARDT Is thalt level of education something the taxpayers can afford? Taxes are always bad news, Manske said. He added that this school district hak more wealth than many (SCHOOL CANDIDATES ccfiHiroed on 8) I r II % ■Éi ;