New village president says her only desire is to serve community
Vickie Boehnlein didn’t want to become the next Village of Belgium president, but was the only one nominated when Richard Howells announced his resignation earlier this month.
Boehnlein will serve the rest of Howells’ term, which ends in April 2017.
“I am not sure that I would say that I wanted to be village president so much as I was willing to serve in that capacity if needed,” Boehnlein said.
“I don’t view being on the Board as a goal to be achieved or a victory to be won but an opportunity to help keep our village the type of community we want it to be.”
Boehnlein said the Main Street road reconstruction heads her list of priorities for the next few years, along with holding the line on taxes and fees.
“This is a very large undertaking that I want to be sure we do right,” she said. “I also believe that we need to keep taxes and residential fees as low as possible.”
Reconstruction of Main Street, including sidewalk and curbing, is slated to start in 2017 or 2018. The village will pay for 10% of the work, the state will pay 80% and the county 10%. But the cost is yet unknown.
The project is in the engineering stage and being put out for bids. The road work took priority over paving Silver Beach Road and creating a retention pond as the Village Board voted to delay that work until Main Street reconstruction is finished.
Boehnlein was appointed to the board about five years ago by then village president Kevin Kowalkowski.
“As I understand it, I had received some write-in votes on the very recent election so Kevin asked if I would be willing to become a trustee. I had been previously looking at running for School Board so being in local government was already on my mind,” Boehnlein said.
“Becoming more involved in my community is something I am very glad that I took the opportunity to do.”
Boehnlein grew up in the Town of Holland and attended the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District. During her senior year, she began work at How-Dea Service Center through the high school’s work study program. She was hired full-time after graduation and is now manager of the truck stop.
After she got married, Boehnlein and her husband Tim moved to Milwaukee and lived there 10 years. In 2003, they moved to Belgium.
“Because I had worked in the community for so long and attended the school district myself, it was very much like a homecoming,” Boehnlein said.
She and her husband have three children, ages 17, 14 and 11.
At the Village Board’s December meeting, the board is expected to discuss how to fill Boehnlein’s vacant trustee position.