Candidate Q&A: Stoughton City Council, District 4
Two people are competing for Stoughton City Council, District 4, in the April 3 election. The term is for three years.
Address: 1611 Erin Hill
Family: Wife, Terry; two children, Jennifer and James; three grandchildren
Job: Broadcast producer/director
Prior elected office: None
Other public service: Stoughton Opera House Committee
Education: North Central Technical College
Address: 1516 Felland St.
Family: Married to Adrian Stocks; three children, ages 9, 5 and 2
Job: UW-Madison, College of Letters & Science, student academic affairs
Prior elected office: Stoughton Area School Board
Other public service: Executive Board for Sustainable Stoughton. Previously served on NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Executive Board and the Stoughton Area School Board. On the School Board, served on the Task Force on Poverty, Finance and Facilities committees.
Education: Bachelor of science, education, Edgewood College. Master of arts, educational administration, University of South Dakota.
List three of your top priorities.
Pince: I would like to see business development projects move forward. I would like to see residential development projects move forward. The tax base needs to increase to support city services.
Wiessinger: 1. Promoting fiscally responsible budgets with transparent and communicative government. 2. Attracting new families to curb declining enrollment and partnering with the school district to tackle pressing issues. 3. Sustainable and balanced growth throughout the city, while supporting a vibrant downtown: Whitewater Park, public transportation, bike trails, commuter solutions, safety of Highway 51 and Roby Road intersection, preserving natural landscape in residential areas.
If you could reverse one city action, what would that be?
Pince: The City Council voted to require three access roads to the Kettle Park West development, whereas only two are required by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the city. This has caused, and will continue to cause delays in a project that would bring tremendous financial gain to the city.
Wiessinger: While I support the development itself, I would reverse the funding strategy for Kettle Park West. The city residents showed disapproval of such borrowing in the spring referendum, and I believe elected officials should uphold community values and represent constituents to the extent possible. With such developments, it is imperative that transportation and access issues be considered and addressed.
How would you change the way the city handles development?
Pince: I would be receptive to plans for growth in the city, and follow the lead of appropriate city departments, committees and experts before forming my positions. I would work with my colleagues in doing the same.
Wiessinger: We need smart and sustainable growth. It is important to be proactive in our development. We should consider hiring a qualified economic development director to recruit developers and businesses that know what we want and expect as a city. City Council needs to partner with the school district to ensure we are developing in a way that supports our schools.