Three of four Milton alderpersons hold onto council seats in election
MILTON—Things have changed a lot in four years in Milton, but the Milton City Council is getting a reboot back to 2010 with re-election of a former alderwoman Lynda Clark.
Clark, a former two-term alderwoman who was last elected to the council in 2010, said she's thrilled to be back on the council at a time when the city's got its hands full with re-envisioning itself in the face of the new Highway 26 bypass.
“I'm so excited,” Clark said Tuesday night. “It's just cool.”
Incumbents Theresa Rusch, David Adams and Nancy Lader all retained their seats in a tight race with a relatively low turnout of voters.
Four-term incumbent Maxine Striegl lost in a re-election bid, trailing Lader by just 18 votes and ending the night with the second-lowest vote total next to the sixth candidate on the bill, newcomer Larry Laehn.
Adams thinks the most important job the city has in the next few years is to build a new fire station.
“We've got some other big projects, fixing Parkview Drive, and we're still needing to get the police department and City Hall finished this year. But the fire department, that's got to be done,” he said.
Clark said she'd like to see the city focus on getting traffic controls at Madison Avenue and John Paul Road and at Parkview Drive, all of which have seen heavier commuter traffic ever since the Highway 26 bypass opened.
Rusch, the top vote-getter in the election said she wants to immediately focus on finding ways to draw traffic off the bypass and into both the city's east side downtown and the Merchant Row business district on the west side.
“We need to work on strengthening all we have in those downtowns before we lose it,” she said.
Lader is eager to learn whether the city of Janesville decides this spring to write rules more hospitable to mobile food vendors. She sees the issue coming up in Milton this summer when hundreds of students begin to pouring into the new Blackhawk Technical College satellite campus in Milton.
“When we have Blackhawk Tech up and running in the fall, we'll be reviewing food trucks at that time, I'm sure,” she said.