Letter to the Editor: Arpin candidate introduces himself
Hello my name is Robert (Bob) Bauer and I would like to formally take this opportunity to announce to the residents of the township of Arpin that I am running for one of the town supervisor seats. I don’t consider myself to be a Republican or Democrat but rather an “Independent American Citizen”
First of all I don’t claim to have all the solutions nor all the answers to make our community better, however I am one that is firm believer in bringing all the partners which includes the taxpayers to the table for planning and discussions.
With the many technology options available now, there is really”no excuses” that our residents and visitors cannot have information for all the government services and valuable resources available in our community available 24/7 at their finger tips.
Our residents deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and our elected officials owe our residents this information in timely manner. Rather than depending on posting meeting notices on a few bulletin boards and a weekly newspaper that only a few people receive, like it have been done for the last hundred years times have changed on how people get their information.
Granted, these are still good ways to get notice but there is some other ways that can be available and at same time could offer many resources to residents, businesses and visitors of our community and the annual costs would be very minimal.
The one common comment that I often hear when interacting with people in the community that many don’t know when the meetings are held or what is being discussed at the meetings. It is hard for people to attend meetings if they are not aware of time, place and topics. “Town Government is unique in the fact that the residents actually can have input at the meetings.”
I am going to tell you some of the reasons that I am running for office. I have with pride served our nation in the Armed Forces for over 25 years. And over the course of this service, I had many opportunities to see many parts of the world that had things that were not as nice living in Central Wisconsin.
It was during those periods of service that I learned that you don’t have to have many materialistic things in this world to survive. However there are still those basic needs that every human needs to survive such as food, water, shelter and protection from environment.
So that brought me back to Wisconsin, where I grew up on a small dairy farm right in Arpin. I have learned many great values like hard work, helping your fellow man and not taking things for granted. I have a family myself and understand that we cannot keep creating more layers of government, nor should we if it is not needed.
I also have been active in our community since my youth serving as volunteer firefighter and EMS. This in addition with my involvement other several civic organizations. I have been very proactive in fundraising to help in various projects that helped saved the taxpayers in many local communities over the several years in the neighborhood of million plus dollars.
Things are changing in our community, from what it once was and like many other communities in same situation our taxpayers have similar concerns of how this will impact them. Economic Development has to be something that our elected officials have to be working on with constantly to promote growth to help ensure property tax base can be maintained.
However, that does not mean our community is going to disappear, we just need to figure out some different ways to promote our community image to potential developers. This includes homebuilders, industry, business and others. We cannot expect someone from the state to come in and to help our community develop ideas or plans. The key is our community as a whole needs to start planning for the future, rather than being in the constant reactive mode.
Like I stated, at the very beginning of this I don’t claim to have all the answers or solutions. However if I am elected I do promise to have an open door policy and open to listening to concerns of the residents of this community as the future of this community is worth working together.
I am asking for your consideration on April 2 as one of your Supervisors for the township of Arpin.
Robert J. Bauer