Monthly Archives: January 2012

Village exploring parks renovation

Assistant Editor Scott De Laurelle of the DeForest Times-Tribune reports on Poynette Village Administrator Daniel Guild’s work with the Poynette Park and Recreation Commission on their first Parks and Open Space Plan.

Village exploring parks renovation (DeForest Times-Tribune; 2/2/2010)

Excerpt: For Guild, it’s all about creating the kind of village people want to move to and stay in. “We’re not going to be Madison, we’re not going to be Portage – we’re a bedroom community, and let’s try to be the best bedroom community we can be,” he said. “You want to have good homes, good schools, some kind of a commercial service sector to provide for some shopping needs, and you want to have amenities for families – parks and recreation, good daycare facilities, opportunities for your children. This ties into that strategy.” “We’re making an investment in not only the community but people’s homes and families, and that’s a good thing,” he said.

Excerpt: Trustee Chris Polzer, a member of the parks commission, credited Guild for planning ahead on a “well-thought-out” proposal, but said trustees need to make sure village residents want and can afford the proposed improvements. Trustee Doug Avery, said the village has “key people in place” to make a large parks project successful. He said he understands people are “hurting because of the economy,” but that the village needs to plan for the future. “This is when you should be setting things up, not only planning, but getting the finances in place to do something, and also put a (financial) cushion back where it should be,” he said. “We’ve got a gentleman (Guild) who’s very strong in economic development, we’ve got some new board members who are progressive.

Guild provides options

Assistant Editor Scott De Laurelle of the DeForest Times-Tribune reports on Poynette Village Administrator Daniel Guild work on the 2010 municipal budget and his list of proposals for consideration by the Board of Trustees.

Guild provides options (DeForest Times-Tribune; 10/20/2009)

Caledonia Wisconsin Village Administrator Resigns, Tells Board: “My Tank Is Empty”

After six and a half years of serving as the Village Administrator, Tom Lebak is calling it quits, reported the Caledonia Patch in its article of January 4th, 2012. Rarely does the news media capture and print such frank and candid comments from a local government administrator, like they did here with Tom. Some examples of his quotes include:

“It’s just time,” Lebak said. “Over the holiday when I was off it felt like I was breathing again. My six and a half years here have been a challenge to say the least. However, I feel that I have reached the end of the road, my tank is empty and I do not have much more to give. I feel in my heart that I have done my best and I certainly appreciate the opportunity that I was given to serve the residents of Caledonia.”

For those of us who have had the honor and privilege of serving as a city (or county, village, town) manager (or administrator)  can empathize with these statements. Though I am younger than Tom, and only into my fifth year working in this field I have come to suspect that like me, most of my colleagues are driven by a sense of purpose and inertia that comes from within.

However, and especially so in these crazy economic times, it seems that it is the destiny of most local government managers to eventually burn out, having fought so many battles. I wish Tom the best and I hope that he finds new opportunities to “fill his tank”.