Mount Pleasant Trustee Don Schulz wasn’t supposed to run for re-election, but he said there are some things he thinks the village needs that he’d like to try and see through.
After he was appointed to the board last April to fill the late Harry Manning’s seat, he said he promised his wife he wouldn’t run to retain his seat.
“But not too long ago I told her there are some things I’d like to see at least get started, and one of those is a new fire station on the northeast side of the village,” he noted.
Schulz said he voted against the closure of Station 7 in Lake Park because he worries about response times. It is that same concern for residents who live on the more heavily populated northeast side that is spurring his push for a new fire station.
“Response times now on the southeast and northeast sides of the village are too high, and sometimes seconds can count,” he continued. “I want to see another fire station, maybe near (Highways) 31 and 38 because services are lacking there.”
Schulz also said his long history as a village resident – 66 years – and his wife’s involvement in ushering incorporating Mount Pleasant from a town to a village are both values that help provide a needed perspective on the board.
“I feel my perspective is valuable, and I know some people disagree, but that’s okay because it helps get more discussion out in the open,” he stated.
Five candidates are vying for three seats on the Mount Pleasant Village Board. Incumbents Jerry Garski, Gary Feest and Schulz, along with newcomer Anna Marie Clausen and Fire/EMS Chair Rick McCluskey are also running.
The general election is April 1.