Sunday, July 21, 2013

What you may not know: Week of July 22

The City of Appleton's Common Council will meet on Wednesday night, but before we get to that the residents of District 1 have another matter to tend to:

Special Election

The alderman position representing District 1 has been vacant for some time now with the departure of Teege Mettille, but we'll take a key step towards filling that position when three candidates face off in a primary election on Tuesday. Three candidates filed to run for the job, and you can learn a little more about them in this Post Crescent story.

If you live in District 1 (and you can use this map to determine if you do), then do yourself a favor: Take the time to learn a little more about all three candidates and get out and vote. The polls will be open at St. Matthew's church on Mason Street from 7 am to 8 pm.


Once we get to Wednesday's council meeting, the primary issue catching my attention is the 2014 policy for special assessments. The topic of debate here is likely to be a proposed $1/foot increase for installation of storm and sanitary sewers.

The argument for raising these rates is that the cost of installing sewers has gone up and, as currently planned, overages for construction costs are billed to the storm and wastewater utilities. However, before we can make an informed decision on this I think we need more context, including a possible comparison to rates charged by neighboring communities.

Keeping you informed on issues that may impact you around the city is one of my primary goals as an alderman. Making the council's activity as accessible as possible to as many people as are interested is part of my goal to make it easier for more people to get involved with issues that matter to them.

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