Letter to the Editor | Appreciate the support of District 7 and am proud to call Barton home | By Adam Williquette

 

Dear neighbors in District 7:

 

As I look back on the past six years as your representative on the West Bend Common Council, I see some incredible progress the city has made, as well as overcome many obstacles, and created a business-friendly environment, high quality of life, and financially stable budget.

 

We have some more work to do and I look forward to continuing to support and help the constituents of District 7, and the rest of the city.

 

When it comes to the Council, I believe my strong point is my financial background. I am chairman of the Finance Committee; I’m a local businessman in real estate, and hold a finance degree from the UW-Milwaukee.

 

I am born and raised in the West Bend area, attended Saint Frances Cabrini and graduated from West Bend West High School.

 

A few local accomplishments over the last six years:

  • The city of West Bend has an operating budget 6.9 percent less than in 2011 without cutting any services.
  • Debt has been reduced exponentially and is on the right track to be at a manageable level.
  • Budget has been balanced while not raising taxes.
  • The city has attracted new business, maintained existing business and seen a lot of new construction.
  • When I was elected the city spent $750,000 annually to maintain roads; now we spend up to $1.2M and continue to increase that amount annually.

 

When it comes specifically to District 7, I have worked to get many roads in our district redone: Skyline Drive was resurfaced this year and in 2016 Salisbury Road was completed.

 

Our roads still need more work and maintenance is a top priority.

 

Following up on community input, a large accomplishment this year was the Public Works crews who worked hard to eliminate the “Barton Bog.” A majority of weeds above the dam were removed and while it is a temporary fix, neighbors were able to enjoy an unimpeded view late this summer.

 

Property clean up in Barton has also been a priority and while this can be a process, I appreciate everyone’s patience while we work together to benefit neighbors and businesses alike.

 

Moving forward, I appreciate the support of District 7 and I am proud to call Barton my home.

 

Adam D. Williquette

District 7 Alderman

 

 

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