Town has a new transfer site supervisor

Officials won’t tell media why Ron Swihart was fired but will tell residents on phone
By 
MITCH MAERSCH Ozaukee Press staff

Town residents will see a different face when they drop off their garbage and recycling from now on.

Longtime transfer site supervisor Ron Swihart has been released by the town. The new supervisor is Dave Winnemuller.

“He served 22 great years. We had a few problems the last two years so the board decided to act on it and release Ron,” Town Supr. Tom Bichler said at Monday’s Town Board meeting.

“The Town Board had to act on it. It was a liability for the town.”

Bichler said it was a tough decision.

“It wasn’t easy to release Ron. He was very dedicated. Missed five days in 22 years. Unheard of.”

Town Chairman Tom Winker wouldn’t tell the media why Swihart was released but said he or Bichler would tell residents.

“Sometime in your travels give Tom or I a call and we will share with you the reason. We, the Town of Belgium, don’t do business in the press and we want to leave it at that,” Winker said.

“What Ron did is not for public knowledge. But if you want to know personally, Tom or I both can give you a call.”

Winnemuller is from “a huge family in the Port area. Wonderful people,” Winker said. “He’s a neighbor between Tom (Bichler) and I on Six Mile Road. Great guy.”

Winker also asked Bichler to have Mike Thun, owner of Harter’s, the town’s new waste management contractor, to attend a meeting in spring to go over “best practices” on how Harter’s can help the town and vice versa.

The transfer site is open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. From May through September, it is also open from 5 to 8 p.m.

After the meeting, clerk Anne Nord was asked about the Town Board’s decision to release Swihart and she told Ozaukee Press “that wasn’t a meeting.”

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