– Incumbent President Jerry Newman and Dave Nagler are
facing off for Lannon village president and while Newman
focuses on development, Nagler has concerns about a possible
fire department consolidation.
Newman has been on the board since 2006 and said he was born
and raised in Lannon with a family history of more than 100
years in the village.
“We need to maintain our infrastructure with the limited
funds from the tax levy limit,” Newman said.
Some of his major accomplishments during his years on the
board include getting $300,000 for new lighting for the
village’s baseball parks and providing a water system for
“I was appointed in 2006 as program manager to make it
happen,” he said about the water system.
The water system allows the unused land around the village
to be accessible for future sites that Newman is hoping to
discuss with developers if re-elected. Opponent
Nagler is running for president and trustee and said he has
always been interested in civic functions and his biggest
concern is the fire department consolidation discussions
with Menomonee Falls.
“Personally, I would rather the village of Lannon stay
autonomous like it has for over 100 years,” he said.
“But, fiscally it may not be possible.”
He said he would be wiling to have discussions about the
issue if elected.
He wants to discuss easing permits and regulations on local
businesses along with creating a growth development strategy
for the village. He wants to try and attract new
homeownership, not just rental units, so “the people are
caring about the community and not just passing through,”
Incumbent trustees Scott Balsiger, David Bartelt and Janice
Manor-Schmidt could not be reached for comment after several
attempts by The Freeman.
Newcomer Tom Gudex, running for trustee, said community
involvement is important.
“Communication between residents and elected officials is
essential for local government to work,” he said.
An emphasis on “more communication and cooperation, not
litigation,” is key to the process, Gudex said.
His main point is to create less-intrusive government.
“My idea of government is that it is there to protect us,
to be like a safety net if you are really in trouble,”
Gudex said. “But, is it not for managing my life or my