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Candidate not informed on town government PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

In the March 5, 2014, edition of this publication, the editor saw fit to publish a letter from Kara Vander Bloomen that I and others saw as a free campaign ad.

Ms. Vander Bloomen stated that we should vote for her “if you want to shake things up and start making improvements.”

I would like to state that Ms. Vander Bloomen has not spoken to any town of Lincoln official directly about all of the problems that she feels exist in the town. Instead, she has seen fit to run a campaign on a social media site on the Internet that casts doubt on

the town of Lincoln’s elected officials’ ability to manage the town’s affairs.

 

Ms. Vander Bloomen’s major dissatisfaction seems to be with the conditions of the roads in the town of Lincoln. After reading her postings on the website, the problem seems to be that people are driving too fast for conditions if they are sliding through or into intersections.

We live in an area where winters can be harsh and the posted speed limits are based on blue sky and dry road conditions. Some days, 10 mph is too fast. Slowing down is a very simple and cost-free solution to the problem.

Other comments and insinuations made by Ms. Vander Bloomen on the social media website indicate to me that she has absolutely no idea how a town government runs. Ms. Vander Bloomen has attended only two meetings of the Lincoln Town Board, and both of those meetings were since she has decided to run for office. One certainly cannot comprehend the functioning of a town based on a total of 40 minutes of meetings with limited agendas.

The town of Lincoln has lost a great deal of town experience with the departure of Leon Kukanich from our board. Ms. Vander Bloomen’s opponent, Bill Hassey, has a long and proven record of town government experience.

Brian Uttech

Supervisor

Town of Lincoln

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:54 AM
Last Updated on Friday, March 21, 2014 11:43 AM
 

Comments  

 
+2 #5 Kara Vander Bloomen 2014-03-21 11:38
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At the January meeting a town supervisor announced that he had received multiple calls about our poor road conditions and your response was “oh well.” “Oh well” is not an answer, its arrogance. Don’t you think the people who voted you into office deserve a better response than “oh well?” I certainly believe they do. Mr. Uttech, my concerns are roads, services, fiscal priorities and the safety of those who live in the Town of Lincoln and those who travel through it. If you want to debate the issues I am open to that but your personal attack is childish and lacks civility.
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+2 #4 Kara Vander Bloomen 2014-03-21 11:38
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I have not spoken with any town members for the simple reason that it was made readily apparent to me that I was not welcome from the very beginning. Shortly after I had taken out my nomination papers a town board member approached a close friend of mine and asked who I was and that they were “not happy” with the fact that I was running for office. Mr. Uttech, with that kind of welcome wagon can you honestly blame me for not reaching out? Mr. Uttech indicated that slowing down is a simple and cost free solution to the problem of our poor winter road conditions. I absolutely agree with Mr. Uttech on this point right up to the point that our road conditions effect the response times of law enforcement, fire and EMS in cases of emergency. What truly astonishes me Mr. Uttech is your contempt for the constituents of our Township when it comes to their concerns about our roads.
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+3 #3 Kara Vander Bloomen 2014-03-21 11:37
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I would like to take a moment to reply to the letter Mr. Uttech wrote to the VCNR where he stated that I was uninformed about town government. First, Mr. Uttech was factually correct when he stated that I have only attended two meetings. However what Mr. Uttech fails to comprehend is that I don’t need to attend meetings to stay informed. The Town of Lincoln posts to their website the agendas and minutes to every meeting since 2009. I have taken the opportunity to follow the operations of our town government through those agendas and minutes so I am quite educated on how our town government runs. That is of course unless town business is being conducted outside of posted meetings and actions taken aren’t being incorporated into the minutes. In that case nobody would know how our town government is being run. Mr. Uttech also questioned why I have not spoken with any of the town board members about the issues.
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0 #2 2014-03-19 07:19
Thanks, Brian
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+4 #1 Denny Erardi 2014-03-18 15:06
I find this an interesting response. It seems that you are taking issue with the VCNR having posted the letter from Ms. Vander Bloomen in light of your opinion that it represented an ad. And yet, you end your letter with what seems also to be a blatant advertisement for her opponent. You are also using the editorial space to launch a fairly caustic attack on her ranging from the fact that she uses social media (most would be politicians do this) to positing that attending town council meetings is the only way that an individual can understand how to run city government. There might be other ways to learn that. Casting doubt on the current administration is more or less the hallmark of individuals trying to unseat an incumbent or "shake up" an existing governing body. Other than your obvious support for her opponent, it's hard for me to figure out where she's been egregiously out of line.

I have no horse in this race other than owning property in Eagle River.
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