Q. When can you take out nomination papers to be on the City Council?
A. Nomination papers are available from Dec. 1, 2010, and must be turned in no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2011. You can call ahead 715-823-7600 so that Peggy or Tammy can get them ready for you to sign your intent to run and pick up the nomination papers at City Hall.
Q. Does the city have rules on when campaign signs must be taken down?
A. Yes, we have. The party responsible for putting the signs in your yard has ten (10) days from the date of election to remove them. The election dates that they must be removed by are the November and April general elections. If there is a primary election, they may stay up until the general election has taken place.
Q. Can I pick up papers to run for Municipal Judge at City Hall?
A. No, because we are a Multi-Jurisdictional Municipal Court, you must register and file the four forms with the County Clerk – Mary A. Robbins – 811 Harding St – Waupaca WI 54981. If you have specific questions, please call Mary at 715-258-6200 before you drive to Waupaca.
a. Complete and submit a Campaign Registration Statement (Form GAB-1)
b. Circulate and submit Nomination Paper for Nonpartisan Office (Form GAB-169) Number of signatures required for Multi-jurisdictional Municipal Judge 20 – 100.
c. Complete and submit a Declaration of Candidacy (Form GAB-162)
d. Complete and submit a Statement of Economic Interests to the Government Accountability Board by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. This form is mailed to Madison.
Items a, b, and c are to be filed with the filing officer (County Clerk) no later the 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2011. If they are not submitted on time, your name will not be placed on the ballot.
Q. Why are more speeders stopped when coming into town on Hwy 45 North?
A. I asked Chief Lorge to put together a speed summary of the traffic coming into Clintonville from the South between First and Second Streets where our electronic speed control is located. The survey was from Sunday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 21. There were 28,082 cars Northbound only; of that number 17,598 were in range of the 25 mile per hour speed limit; 9,140 were traveling 6-10 miles over the speed limit; 954 were traveling 11-14 miles over the speed limit; 84 were 15-20 miles per hour over the speed limit; and 5 were 21-25 over the limit. The electronic sign will be moved in the area of FVTC Regional Center where the speed limit goes from 45 to 35 miles per hour. The City Council has passed Resolution 2010-13 “Request Wisconsin Department of Transportation to Lower Speed Limit on Hwy. 45-22”. I have sent letters to our elected representatives – those that are leaving office and those that will take over January 2011.
The City has been asking on numerous occasions over the years for a stop and go-Light to slow traffic down. Each time the question is asked the canned answer is “That we have not had enough deaths on that stretch of the highway.” I have asked why we can’t get a light based on the number of accidents instead of the number of deaths. “It just isn’t done that way.” I am very sorry that the State DOT feels that way. Yes, stop and go-lights are expensive. Perhaps if the ones that made this decision, would have to be the one(s) to notify the families that their loved ones were killed in a car accident, or if a member of their family was killed, I truly believe that they would look at things differently. For now, I will continue to contact our elected officials.
Q. When is the next City Council meeting?
A. It will be held Dec. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall. I will be recognizing 14 city employees who have reached 5, 15, 20, 25, and 35 years of employment.
Q. When will we be receiving our City Tax bill?
A. You should receive it around Dec. 14. We have copies of the City of Clintonville 2010 tax information on how our taxed dollar is divided. We also show the change from 2009 to 2010. We also have a statement from Supt. Tom O’Toole on the 2010 School Tax Increase. They are posted at City Hall, Senior Center, my office, and they are available at the counter in City Hall.
Q. When will you be having your next Town Hall Meeting?
A. I decided not to have the next one until spring – April or May. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 715-823-7600 or my cell at 715-250-2495 or stop at City Hall – Wednesday afternoons 1 – 5 p.m.
I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!