Mukwonago village officials boast 2017 achievements and projects on the horizon

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

Jan. 26, 2018

 Village President Fred Winchowky addresses village officials, business owners and community members as he highlights Mukwongo’s past achievements and future goals.
Brandon Anderegg, Freeman Staff

MUKWONAGO — At Mukwonago’s 6th annual State of the Village Breakfast, growth and development carried most of the conversation as Village President Fred Winchowky and Village Administrator John Weidl addressed community members, business owners and village officials.

But the discussion of growth and development wasn’t limited to the bevy of upcoming projects to be completed over the next decade. Winchowky and Weidl outlined how the achievements of Mukwonago’s past have set the village up for success down the road.

In the last four years, the village has grown by 17 percent in value, averaging about 4.25 percent growth per year, according to Weidl. Winchowky noted that Mukwonago’s housing lot inventory is going down, which is due in part to the school district’s great reputation, and the raising value of the village. It is also evident in the fact that Shorewest is selling 250 homes a year, said Winchowky.

Weidl said that Mukwonago’s reputation is the reason the village has so many open doors. He added that a great reputation has attracted developers and business owners both past and present, which gives village representatives the ability to capitalize on opportunities that will improve the quality of life for residents in the community.

“The village has shown that we have a growth mindset and we’ve shown that we are flexible and agile,” said Weidl. “Making judgments based on our past success is what allows us opportunity.

Winchowky touted other achievements including how the village has paid off $2.6 million in debt and $800,000 in utility debt in 2017. He also pointed out the success of the community library with more than 17,000 people taking advantage of the several programs the library has to offer.

Winchowky then echoed James Cash Penney, founder of J.C. Penney when he said, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of working together.”

Another topic Winchowky stressed was maintaining Mukwonago’s small town feel. However, he emphasized that a “small town feel” and growth can be accomplished simultaneously so long as residents support local business such as downtown Mukwonago’s 2017 additions – Forward Dental, The Green Rabbit and The Feather and Fringe Boutique.

“These are great small businesses and they want our support said,” Winchowky. “They are the root and the base of what small town feel is.”