Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 19:42
Aspiring municipal, school officials have until Jan. 6 to file paperwork
Nomination papers for local offices only became available this week, but it is clear a changing of the guard is already certain in the Village of Fredonia.
Incumbent Village President Chuck Lapicola announced this week that he does not intend to seek re-election in April.
Lapicola has served two terms as village president.
“I’ve been president for four years and was on the Village Board before that, and I am just worn out,” he said Monday, the first day nomination papers could be circulated for the April 7 election.
Lapicola said he put off stepping down until he was sure the reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue was safely under way. Utility work in the roadway was completed this fall and rebuilding the road is expected to be done next spring.
“That is a project that was just languishing over the years and I felt it was time to work with the county to make sure it got done and got done right,” Lapicola said.
His background as a civil engineer came into play in reviewing various details on the road project and its related utility work.
Lapicola said he does not intend to recruit a successor. “I am just going to let the process run its course,” he said.
Prospective candidates for all local offices have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, to file candidacy papers at the municipal or school district office.
In the Village of Fredonia, in addition to village president, the terms of incumbent trustees Fritz Buchholtz, Scott Ehaney and John Long are expiring in spring.
Long joined the board when Mark Edbauer Sr. resigned in mid-term.
Ehaney chose not to seek re-election two years ago, but was granted another term on the Village Board as a write-in choice.
In the Town of Fredonia, the terms of Town Chairman Rich Mueller and supervisors Chris Janik and Mark Schubert are expiring.
Clerk Dave Gorton and Treasurer Jean Willis will also be up for re-election.
Three three-year terms will be expiring in the Northern Ozaukee School District.
Those seats include the Village of Fredonia post currently held by Steve Burmeister, the Town of Belgium seat held by Tim Burmesch and the at-large position held by Steve Burmesch.
School board members represent specific communities, but are elected by the entire school district.
If more than two candidates emerge for any of the local positions, a primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17.