Incumbents keep posts on Village Board

Uribe Harbeck, Liss and Meinecke win re-election in race with six candidates

From left, Lisa Uribe Harbeck, Sue Meinecke and David Liss.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Incumbents stole the show to take three seats in the Grafton Village Board election on Tuesday.

Lisa Uribe Harbeck received the most votes out of the 2,769 cast in the trustees race with 1,124 (20.3%). David Liss came in second with 1,000 (18.1%), and Sue Meinecke was third with 986 (17.8%). 

Meinecke edged out John Gassert, who received  964 votes (17.4%). Also running were Scott Manning, who got 757 votes (13.7%) and Mark Slaminski, who had  684 (12.35%). 

There were 23 write-ins that made up 0.4% of the votes. 

Harbeck was elected to the Village Board in 2010 and is chairman of the Public Safety Committee. She said she supports the village transferring its 911 calls to Ozaukee County’s dispatch center because the village lost the director of its Emergency Medical Dispatch program after Aurora Health Care asked the village to enter into a mutual termination agreement in February.

Meinecke, who has been a trustee since 2008, is chairman of the Public Works Committee. She opposes the village transferring its 911 calls to the county and believes the decision should have been taken to a referendum so residents could decide. 

Liss, who was elected to the Village Board in 2006, is a member of the Plan Commission and a volunteer with the Grafton Fire Department. He opposed the transfer of 911 calls to the county and dissented in his vote along with Meinecke during Monday’s Village Board decision.

All three trustees said they support new development efforts for the village after it shelved plans to develop a business park near Highway C and Ulao in the Town of Grafton on land that was to be annexed into the village.

Meinecke said she is open to the idea of developing another business park as long as the land currently resides in the village, noting there is available space in the village’s south commercial business district.

Liss said the village should pursue another business park because many local businesses want to expand their operations.

Harbeck said the previous plan didn’t take into account the impact the business park would have on both the village and town, but noted that a new park would be a source of more tax revenue, employees and residents for the village.

 

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