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Germantown Village Board District Three race

Voter's guide for Tuesday, April 7, election

March 24, 2009

Al Vanderheiden (i)

Age: 52

Address: N11366 Rosewood Ave.

Employer/occupation: tool and die maker at GKN Sinter Metals

Education: associate degree in tool and die

Years living in Germantown: lifelong

Contact: (262) 250-1376

How do you propose to keep taxes down?

Germantown along with every other community is experiencing tough economic times. We need to take advantage of state and federal resources as they become available. Locally, we need to look at maintenance of existing equipment and infrastructure. Repair is cheaper than replacement. Consolidating work load and positions may be necessary.

How do you propose to grow the local economy, in regard to areas like the Germantown Business Park?

Our business park is lagging behind projected goals but still ahead of most parks in nearby communities. We need to be welcoming to businesses with our zoning and sign ordinances. We must remember too that we have other industrial parks in Germantown and the vacancy rates are growing there also.

How do you propose to address the issue of roads and other infrastructure needs in the village?

You can either pay for roads by using capital spending, which puts repayment of debt over 10 years along with interest, or we can reduce the capital cost we incur each year and use the savings from our debt payments to fund these projects. I agree with the latter option.

Dennis Myers

Age: 66

Address: W20309 Woodland Drive

Employer/occupation: retired from Milwaukee Public Schools after 32 ½ years

Education: some college

Years living in Germantown: 10

Contact: (262) 853-8214

How do you propose to keep taxes down?

You have to hold down new spending. When looking at each line item in the budget, you have to understand what each line item represents. This will enable you to reduce or eliminate areas to save money. Looking at other municipalities - you may discover other ideas for additional savings.

How do you propose to grow the local economy, in regard to areas like the Germantown Business Park?

The business park is an area of great concern. There is a large, open area of undeveloped land. We need to work with the broker to ensure the broker has enough tools to market this area more efficiently. This may involve making changes to the master plan for this area.

How do you propose to address the issue of roads and other infrastructure needs in the village?

The condition of the roads is in a very sorry state. We need to spend at least $1 million each year for the next 10 years. We will need to find areas in the budget to come up with yearly money. I do not want to borrow money.

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