MENOMONEE FALLS - The two candidates running for seat one on the Menomonee Falls Village Board in the spring election identified different issues that are impacting the community the greatest, including government micromanagement and the strain on emergency services and public works.
Incumbent Katie Kress is being challenged by Paul Broesch, who is running for a government office for the first time, during the spring election Tuesday, April 4.
Northwest Now spoke to the candidates about the upcoming election.
Now: Why are you running for the Menomonee Falls Village Board?
Kress: As the current trustee for seat 1, I am running for re-election to ensure government remains small along with continued efforts to keep taxes low. Being a long-term resident who recently built a home in Menomonee Falls, I am fully invested in the community and supporting measures to keep this a safe place to raise my young family.
Broesch: Menomonee Falls is my hometown. Growing up, I watched my father participate as a trustee and eventually a Waukesha County Supervisor. I saw the good that comes from being involved in one’s community. Menomonee Falls has grown significantly since then, attracting world-class companies, creating great jobs and becoming a desirable place to live. I would like to see the growth continue while controlling expenses and keeping our taxes low. I am committed to being available to the residents and to respond to their concerns.
Now: What do you think is the most important issue facing Menomonee Falls, and what do you think should be done to address that issue?
Kress: The most important issue facing the village is the micromanagement over growth and development. Local government places way too many regulations on private enterprise. Residents and businesses complain about overbearing and unrealistic permitting, fees and inspection requirements. A reduction of village ordinances would allow business to operate without unnecessary restrictions.
Broesch: Due to the incredible residential, commercial and industrial growth Menomonee Falls has experienced, a lot of strain is being put on the emergency services and public works. With aging infrastructure, homes, and roads, these departments have and will continue to face challenges in serving the residents. We need to focus on capital projects to improve our roads, sewer and water.
Now: What areas of the village budget deserve highest priority, in your opinion?
Kress: Safety of our residents must always remain our highest priority. The reputation Menomonee Falls earned as one of the safest places to live reflects the hard work of our police department. As a member of the public works and utilities committee for the past three years, I continue to see the need to improve village roads and water infrastructure. Consistent attention and resource allocation to these vital community projects will be crucial in maintaining our village as an attractive place to live and raise a family.
Broesch: Budgets are crucial to the success of any organization. As an accountant and financial advisor, I work with my clients daily establishing and managing realistic budgets, and working to achieve their goals. I believe the safety of our residents should always come first. Our emergency services (police and fire) as well as public works should require the most attention for the betterment of our community.
Address: N60 W21501 Legacy Trail
Political History: Village Trustee since April 2014, Committee member of Public Works and Utilities since April 2014, Committee member of Business Improvement District (BID) since April 2014, Served on the Community Development Authority (CDA) from 2015-16.
Phone Number: 262-532-4240
Address: W173 N8516 Westbridge Ave.
Political History: None – This is my first run.
Phone number: 262-751-8484