January Update from the Village Administrator

Over these past few weeks, we have continued to move forward with our fascial goals and outlooks. Currently, the staff and I are working on audits with our partners from CLA. Using both CLA and Ehlers to help refine and improve our capital improvement overlays as well as fiscal strategies moving forward.

I have had the opportunity to sit down with many local leaders throughout the area. Mark Rohloff, City Manager of Oshkosh as well as Brandon Hennes, City Administrator of Omro to look at the sustains and improvements they have seen within their communities. I also met with Michael Rust, candidate for Winnebago County Judge to go over his vision of how this position would impact our community. Within our Village Leadership team, I have been working with Trustee Miles Girouard on our strategic initiatives for fiscal responsibility while improving our ability to maintain the services we provide.

Continuing to leverage and learn from our neighbors is something I intend to continue while serving our Village. These relationships help provide feedback and ideas to help my team continue to move the ball forward, being a community of opportunity.

The team has assisted with providing some updates specific to their departments. Our Library Director, Amanda O’Neal has the following: Last year The Winneconne Area Assistance Center donated $4,000 dollars to the library to fully fund a lunch program at the library for the six weeks that we have Summer Reading Program. We had 342 total kids registered with a total of 1,404 kids eating lunch in those 6 weeks.

This year, The Winneconne Area Assistance Center donated another $4,000 to support the lunch initiative for Summer 2024. $725 from The Winneconne Area Community Foundation was recently awarded per a grant request from the library.

Our Village Clerk, Ann Wasinger has the following: ELECTION NEWS, the 2024 Spring Primary is Feb. 20, 2024. On the ballot is a Winnebago County Judge seat. The next statewide election is April 2, 2024, and includes two Winneconne Village Trustee seats. Are you registered to vote? Is your address current? Do you want to vote absentee? More information is available at MyVote Wisconsin (https://myvote.wi.gov).

The additional Spirit Grant for $325,000 which will go towards renovation of the Lake Winneconne Barn, Boat cleaning station, and towards a comprehensive plan for Marble Park. It currently is at the final level of approval with the county board. Trustees Brenda Kubasta, Steve Foster and Public Works Director James Fluette have been spear heading this effort.

As always, I would like to recognize the team as they work through blizzards, tax seasons, sickness and whatever the day may offer. Thank you to all of those that took the time to stop by and drop off treats or a kind word. We will never be perfect but will constantly seek ways to move forward together.

Administrator Logan Fuller

Published in the Winneconne News on Wednesday, January 31, 2024