Incumbents keep their board seats

Dickmann falls two votes short in bid to become a trustee
By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press Staff

Three Village of Saukville incumbents have been re-elected to hold their seats on the Village Board.

Trustees Jim Nowlen, Trevor Seitz and Scott Fischer were able to fend off challenger Keith Dickmann in the election by close margins.

In a race where 1,220 votes were cast, Fischer received 353, or 29%, Nowlen received 314, or 26%, Seitz received 274, or 22.4%, and Dickmann received 272, or 22.3%. Seven write-in votes were submitted.

Nowlen, 73, is a Saukville resident since 2001 who is a retired information technology capacity planner for Northwestern Mutual. Prior to joining the Village Board, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1974.

Nowlen chairs the Architectural Review Board and serves on the finance, utilities and Mid-Moraine legislative committees. He serves as an election poll worker.

The incumbent said he sought re-election so he can continue to assist the board as it works to make improvements to public safety in the village, particularly to the Saukville Fire Department.

“Our community has just added our first two full-time paramedic firefighters filling a serious void. But the issue is a countywide problem and we need to participate in the evolution of emergency medical technician and fire services,” he said.

 Nowlen said the village is also in the process of making major upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility and that he would like to see the initiative through to completion.

Nodding to the Emerald Ridge residential and industrial development being reviewed by the village, Nowlen said the Village Board is also working toward expanding housing and industrial offerings in the village.

Seitz is a 53-year-old who has lived in the village for 20 years and served on the Village Board since 2018. He was also a member of the U.S. Army for 30 years.

In his next term, Seitz said he will ensure the village continues to develop in a positive direction while also keeping government intrusion on residents to a minimum. He added that he will continue to ensure information from the village is disseminated equally to all and in a timely manner.

Seitz said a challenge the village is facing is a shortage of development space — an issue that could be improved by completion of the Emerald Ridge development.

“This will bring more residents to the village and increase the tax base, which in turn should allow for the reduction in taxes while maintaining current services,” Seitz said.  

Fischer is a 54-year-old who has resided in the village for 17 years. He attended University of Wisconsin Platteville and holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has been a trustee for eight years.

Fischer said he wanted to continue on as a trustee to help the village grow without large tax increases or spending beyond the village’s means. With more than 30 years of historic building maintenance and budgeting under his belt, he said some of his experience will be useful while working on village budgets.

One challenge Fischer said he sees on the horizon is the village developing all of its land, leaving Saukville landlocked. He said when that occurs the village may have to be creative in how it balances spending and tax increases.

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