By Patricia Bogumil
Town of Waterford residents will soon select a new town chairman as a result of the retirement next month of Robert Langmesser, who has served 25 years in that position.
The two candidates vying for the town chairman position in the April 2 election currently serve as town supervisors.
Supervisors Tom Hincz and Tim Szeklinski both say they would like to move into the board chair position in order to continue sharing their skills and experience at serving the community.
Information provided by each candidate follows.
• Tom Hincz said he feels he has the experience, sound judgment and available time for the “hands-on” management that the town chairman position requires.
Among the most pressing township issues that need to be addressed, Hincz names seeking ways to save the town money without reducing the services offered.
He points to his successful leadership in reducing health care costs to the employees and the Town, and overseeing the crusade to change the town’s public health care provider which, Hincz said, will save the town money while also improving health services to residents.
Also, it is important for Waterford township to monitor and oversee the upcoming Highway 164 reconstruction project, Hincz said, in order to minimize town road deterioration and hopefully minimize inconvenience to the residents.
“I feel my engineering/project management background can help the town board come up with a plan to accomplish this,” Hincz said.
Having owned and managed a nationwide professional engineering/project management firm for 37 years, Hincz said he has proven ability to manage people, finances and schedules proficiently.
“I use a logical, creative approach to solving problems, and will continue to provide fairness and com-mon sense in any decision-making process,” Hincz said. “It is important to keep the town’s best interest foremost.”
Over the last two years, Hincz noted, he has donated more than $12,000 of his supervisor’s salary back to the town’s police/public works and fire departments, as well as to the Tichigan Fireworks Committee, Tichigan Lion’s Parade and others.
“I will continue to do so,” he said.
Hincz’s name will also be on the ballot for his supervisor position. If Hincz succeeds in being elected Town Chairman, his supervisor position then becomes vacant and will be filled by appointment by the Town Board.
• Tim Szeklinski said he believes there is no better way for him to continue serving the Waterford community than as Town of Waterford Chairman.
Szeklinski said he believes the most pressing issue facing the town at this time is financial.
The State of Wisconsin continues to mandate services, along with greatly regulating how these services must be done, but at the same time it’s been reducing state aid provided to local municipalities, said Szeklinski.
“While the current Town Board has done an exceptional job of maintaining services and balancing the budget without major tax increases, the State of Wisconsin continues to still cut funding for local munici-palities,” he said.
Szeklinski said he will bring common sense capabilities to the Town Chairman position. “I believe you should always do what is right and treat everyone fairly.”
Szeklinski noted that in his work, he must meticulously handle millions of dollars in finances, new and existing construction issues and resident relations and services.
“Over the years in Waterford, I’ve met many good people through my church, children’s school and sporting events and from becoming a Lions member,” he added, “who have voiced their concerns about our community.”
Szleklinski noted that his spouse grew up in Waterford and they’ve decided to establish their family here in the Town of Waterford. “The Waterford area has great schools, an active Chamber of Commerce, great waterways, parks and provides great services to its residents,” he said.
“I enjoy being active in our community and wish to continue to do so as Town of Waterford Chairman.