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Sturtevant Trustee Gary Johnson is resigning his seat effective the end of the month, he announced at the board meeting Tuesday.

“Gary has done an outstanding job, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service,” Village President Steve Jansen said.

Johnson has served as a trustee for the last decade. He said he’s launching a wine business with his daughter and son-in-law in Steven’s Point and just won’t have the time.

“I just won’t be able to commute back and forth to give residents the time this position demands,” he said.

Johnson has been making wine as a hobby, and he said he was looking for something to do in retirement. For now, the family is buying grapes from vineyards around the Midwest with the majority coming from Wisconsin.

“We try to buy from Wisconsin as much as possible,” he added. “Eventually we’ll have our own vineyard, maybe in three or four years,”

The winery, Sunset Point, isn’t open for business yet, but Johnson said crews are working on the building he and his family purchased.

His wife, Kathy Johnson, is a carrier in Sturtevant for the U.S. Post Office. They will make Steven’s Point their home full time sometime next year when she also retires.

Johnson was just re-elected this year so Jansen will have to appoint someone to take Johnson’s seat until the April 2016 election.

“This would be a good way for someone who might be interested to get their feet wet,” Jansen said.

Anyone interested in serving out the remainder of Johnson’s term should contact Village Hall at (262) 886-7200.

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