Candidate questionnaire: Michael Feirer runs unopposed in district one
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — Michael Feirer is the incumbent common council member for district one. He was first elected to the council in 2000.
In an effort to familiarize voters with their choices, Hub City Times is interviewing all council candidates.
What should be the No. 1 priority of the common council?
We are tasked with being fiscally responsible to the citizens of Marshfield. We need to formulate a CIP (capital improvement program) that is the best use of tax payers’ funds to develop road repair plans and major projects that are in the long-range plan and to find economic developments to help raise the tax base.
As an incumbent, what do you believe the council needs to do better moving forward?
We as a common council and city staff need to have better communication with the public. We are questioned many times about open dialogue on an issue. Sometimes we fail to explain the issues to the public and get the information to them so they can make an informed opinion. This is the perception that the public has of city and council.
Is the downtown community square a good idea? Why or why not?
The issue of a city gathering place has been (an) issue for years. I believe the community square will serve the city well. Its location in the downtown … next to (the) Chestnut Center will serve many venues that we now hold in the community.
If we can develop this area with the help of private funds, this is a win for the community. This addition to the Second Street development will complement each other.