Pfeifer wins a spot on the Village Board

Lecato is odd man out in four-person race for three trustee seats
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Belgium Village Board election turned into separate competitions on Tuesday.

It was a tight race between the two top vote-getters, with incumbent Sarah Heisler edging challenger Dale Pfeifer, who had served 11 years on the board in two stints, 276-264, according to unofficial results.

In the race for the third spot on the board, incumbent Don Gotcher just beat fellow incumbent Victor Lecato, 197-195.

Gotcher and Lecato, who both sit on the village’s Parks and Recreation Committee, had similar priorities for the village, including paving Silver Beach Road, which leads into the industrial park, in order to spark business development and thus increase the tax base, and create green space and parks to support Belgium’s housing developments.

This was Lecato’s second stint on the board. He had served for about 18 months a few years ago before his job got too busy. When that settled down, he was appointed to a vacant seat several months ago.

Lecato is 54 and has lived in the village for six years. He is married with five children and nine grandchildren. He works as a director of information technology.

Gotcher, 72, is a retired landscape designer who has lived in the village for 15 years. He said he wants to do the best for the people of the village, “and if that means shaking things up a bit here on the board, then so be it.”

Pfeifer, 64, sought a return to the board after retiring from Oshkosh Truck. His second-shift job had prevented him from attending meetings, but now he has time. He has lived in Belgium his whole life.

Pfeifer said he wants to maintain Belgium’s small-town feel and said he is a good listener who will hear both sides on issues.

Heisler, 43, won a second term on the board. She is married with two children and a member of the Belgium Fire Department. She works as a dental clinic manager and a dental assistant.

Heisler said she wants to see ongoing roadwork projects and the shelter replacement at Community Park to fruition,  along with attracting businesses that make sense for the village and will employ local residents, including teenagers.

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