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Deer in West Bend

There has been a push in West Bend in recent years to allow some sort of hunting in the city parks. The reason for this is that there are a LOT of deer. But the data has been hard to come by. Most of the commentary has been anecdotal by residents saying that they see a lot more deer. Earlier this week, the West Bend Common Council wisely tabled a proposal to allow some hunting and wanted to study the issue and come up with a more thoughtful plan.

Part of the reason was that the Mayor and Council were waiting for some data about deer/car collision trends in the city. That data is in. Mayor Kraig Sadownikow shared it:

In ’09 & ’10 we averaged 13.5 collisions per year

2011-2016 we AVERAGED 41 per year with a high mark in 2013 of 69.

WOW! Sadownikow offers this comment:

“I don’t think it is a coincidence the vehicle/deer collision numbers grew exponentially at the same time complaints from residents grew to the point they are today.  We simply have more deer causing more damage to more vehicles and property today than we did 10 years ago.  I don’t believe it is a matter of if we should do something, rather a matter of what to do.  The Council, staff and I are committed to researching and then putting forth a reasonable, effective, safe program to help get this growing problem under control while maintaining a healthy wildlife population in West Bend.”

Board Member Mike Chevalier weighed in:

I second Kraig’s comments.  My original request was for the counts that were 10, 15, and 20 years ago.  The police department only had information going back to 2009.  They are working with DOT to see if they have more information going back farther per my request.

All I can say is when I moved into my house over 16-years ago it was a wow factor to see 1 deer in one year.  Today, the wow factor occurs when we do not see 1 deer in 1 day.

I’m looking forward to a deliberative process to find the best solution to this growing safety issue.


West Bend District 3 Alderman Changes

From the Washington County Insider, Alderman Ed Duquaine is not running for reelection.

“I will be filing non-candidacy papers and stepping down from my District 3 seat in April,” said Duquaine citing construction of a new home outside the district in the Town of West Bend.

“We likely won’t be moving out of the district until 2017. Although I would love to continue serving the citizens until the day I move, I am not willing to burden the taxpayers with the cost of a special election mid-term.”

Duquaine was first elected in 2010, replacing Richard Lindbeck.

Duquaine has been a tremendous conservative alderman. West Bend is far better off for his service. Thank you, Ed.

As a salve to this bitter news, someone has already pulled the papers to run for the seat. Again from the Washington County Insider:

Candidate files to run for Dist. 3 alderman: Checking in with city clerk Amy Reuteman, it looks like Mike Chevalier has pulled papers to run for District 3 alderman in the city of West Bend.

Incumbent alderman Ed Duquaine told the Washington County Insider he would be filing non-candidacy papers because he is building a house outside the district. Duquaine’s term will be up in April 2016.

Chevalier is president of MCR Services LLC in Richfield. He served on the city’s Value Task Force from July 2011 – April 2013, was a former president of Common Sense Citizens and is a member of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary.

Chevalier is a solid conservative and a worthy heir to Duquaine’s legacy. We don’t know if anyone else will run for the seat, but I’d wager that Chevalier will be difficult to beat.



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