Spring, 2014 | ELECTION WATCH • INTER-COUNTY LEADER
Three open seats, six names on the ballot in Milltown
Marty Seeger|Staff writer
MILLTOWN – Six names will be on the ballot Tuesday, April 1, for three spots on the Milltown Village Board of Trustees. It includes two incumbents, Larry Kuske and Linda Martinsen, and four challengers, Les Sloper, Pat Hyden, Joe Castellano and Tom Croteau. Candidates were sent questions, or interviewed by phone to complete the election profiles. Two candidates, Sloper and Croteau, chose not to be interviewed.
Linda Martinsen (I)
“I enjoy it very much,” says Martinsen, who has served on the Milltown Village Board for the previous two years. Martinsen has been a resident of Milltown for the past 36 years and says her past two years on the board have been very enlightening, and that she’s always up for the next challenge ahead.
Martinsen said there are several issues facing the village that she would like to see through, but one of the more recent challenges is strengthening and enhancing their street crew after the loss of employee Chad Hansen.
Martinsen would also like to see a more prosperous Main Street and hopes to expand businesses to the area. She said some businesses have closed down and she’d like to see it get back on track again.
With two years of experience on the board, Martinsen seems excited about the prospect of serving the village of Milltown for the next two years.
“I did learn quite a bit the last two years as far as how our village operates, and problems and concerns in the village, and I found it very interesting. And I’d really like to continue on the board, and learn more, and widen my experiences with the board and the village.”
Larry Kuske (I)
Kuske has been a resident of the village of Milltown for the past 24 years now, raised his family there and has served on the board for the past four years. He has also been an active firefighter for the past 24 years.
“I am running again since I feel the village is moving in the right direction,” Kuske said. I have been on the board for four years. I have served on the personnel committee, fire board and public works.”
Kuske also commented on the most current issues facing the village of Milltown.
“I believe the most pressing issues include road repair and other infrastructure repairs that are needed with limited funds. The need to prioritize those repairs. Also how to attract industry.”
Castellano has served 18 years on the board, has lived in Milltown for the past 50 years and enjoys camping during the summer with his grandkids.
“I like to be involved in the community and the decision making,” Castellano said.
He feels most important current issues involve finding more land to expand the industrial park, which he feels will help bring people to the village and live, and help the community grow.
Hyden has lived in the village of Milltown since 1967. He is a 40-year veteran firefighter for Milltown and was also the former assistant chief. He is a former EMT, a military veteran and currently the commander of the Milltown American Legion. He is also married and has two sons, one of whom lives in the area. He has one grandson and another one on the way.
“First and foremost, I want to serve the people in the village by being on the board because I care,” Hyden said. “I would like to learn and offer a fresh look at the issues before the board.”
Hyden said one of the most pressing issues facing the village is the change in the village workforce with the loss of Chad Hansen, and that the board has worked very hard to solve the problem. He also says infrastructure is another challenge facing the board.
“I think our village infrastructure, rising property taxes, are big issues for all of us, and I feel that keeping the public informed is a very important issue,” said Hyden, adding that he feels he is community minded and concerned. He’s been involved with the community club, the Milltown Snow Rovers Club, the North Valley Church Board and has had successful experience in business management.
“My feeling is that economic development has suffered in many communities, and this is one reason why I believe in new people getting elected to the board to gain that new perspective,” Hyden said.