Four vie for three open seats in Roberts
There are four candidates running for the Roberts Board for the April 1 elections. Three of the candidates are incumbents, and one is a newcomer to the position.
The candidates are: Terry Dull, incumbent; Nathan Stork, incumbent; Rand Waughtal, incumbent and Peter Tharp, newcomer.
Tharp has been a Roberts resident for more than 20 years and works for N & M Transfer, a trucking company with a satellite office terminal in Baldwin.
The reason Tharp decided to run for the Board was his concern for the rapid growth the Village has seen in recent years.
"I'm concerned with how growth is going to proceed and how money is going to be spent," Tharp said.
Other issues Tharp is concerned with are land issues, including how land is currently being annexed and business developments south of I-94 that have stalled.
Tharp also says that he is concerned with issues surrounding the water tower as well as the Safe Routes to School issue.
"The Safe Routes to School issue might be controversial," Tharp said. "Especially if sidewalks need to be put in."
"I just want to see the Village proceed cautiously," Tharp said of his intended involvement with the Board.
Dull has been on the Roberts Village Board for two years and is completing his first term in office. He sees growth as an important issue in the Roberts community and hopes to see several projects funded while balancing the budget.
"I'd like to see growth get back on the right track," Dull said. "I want to get the street projects, water projects, the sewer and municipal projects paid off."
Dull also sees the park system in Roberts as a means of beautification for the Village and hopes to see things like new park walkways in the future.
Dull has lived in Roberts since 1971 and works for Freeman Companies, a trade show company from the Twin Cities.
Stork is also completing his first term (two years) on the Roberts Board. Stork is a 1998 graduate of St. Croix Central School District and is a co-owner of the Sidetrack Saloon in Roberts.
One of the chief accomplishments during his tenure with the Board is keeping taxes at a minimum.
"I'm proud of not raising taxes," Stork said. "With the sewer plant and trailer park road projects, we did this year, we still voted not to increase taxes a couple of months ago."
Stork would also like to see the commercial, residential and and industrial growth areas balanced in the Village of Roberts with the Highway 65 interchange bypass project being a key to the Village's development.
"We have to keep an eye on the Highway 65 interchange bypass project," Stork said. "We just got the ball rolling on that and it will be a really important project for the Village's growth in the future."
Waughtal has been on the Board since early December, taking the position after Board member Bruce Liddle passed away. Waughtal has lived in Roberts for 45 years and has served on several municipal boards throughout those years. He currently serves on the Plan Board, Water and Sewer Boards and the Community Development Authority.
Waughtal looks to the big picture in Roberts and sees community development and industrial growth as a way to sustain the Village.
"I would hope in the next 15-20 years, we'll see a lot more jobs here so people will be able to live as well as work in Roberts," Waughtal said.
Waughtal said that finance is one of the most crucial elements for the Village, "making sure there is enough money for good cash flow, but not so much so it hurts the community."
One of the important jobs of being on a Board, according to Waughtal, is having a clear vision of where the Village will go in the future.
"I like to be one of the seven who gets the opportunity to steer things in the right direction for Roberts," Waughtal said.