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Aldermen pick lone applicant to fill vacancy on Port council PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 20:17


    The Port Washington Common Council is at full speed again with the appointment Tuesday of Dan Benning as the new 4th District alderman.
    Benning, the lone candidate for the position, replaces former Ald. Doug Biggs, who resigned in September.
    Benning, of 1012 Jade St., told aldermen during an interview that he believes the city’s biggest challenge is communicating with its residents.
    “The message is not getting out there,” he said, adding he would like to see the city engage in more listening sessions. “I’d like to see us get what’s happening out there in the community in layman’s terms.”
     Benning said he believes the Common Council has done a good job revitalizing downtown and bringing in residential development.
    “This body has laid a foundation for growth in the community for the coming years,” he said, but he noted that the city needs to find the right balance in managing growth and the need for city services.
    When looking at potential growth, he added, the city needs to consider what type of community it wants to become.
    “We need to have a vision of who we want to be and what we want to be,” he said.
    When making decisions, he added, his philosophy is to “look and see what the need is and make decisions based on that.”
    Biggs’ seat is up for election in spring, and Benning said he intends to seek election to the position.    
    Benning has been employed by Johnson Controls for the past 28 years, most recently as an information technology director, and is involved in a variety of community activities.
    He has worked with teams staging the annual Port Christmas parade through Port Main Street Inc., Benning said, and served in various roles with Grand Avenue United Methodist Church. Daily Press