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Candidate Profile: Allen Schneider
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Town of Decatur

In the Town of Decatur, incumbent Allen Schneider is unopposed for chairman. Sally Saunders is being challenged by Paige Allen for First Supervisor. Dusty Kubly is challenging incumbent Robert Gadow for Second Supervisor. Incumbent clerk/treasurer Ann Schwartz is unopposed.

Position sought: Chairperson - Town of Decatur

Age: 68

City/town of residence: Town of Decatur

Family: Wife Carol

Education: Brodhead High School, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Occupation: Retired

Previous elected positions held: None

What are the top issues facing this district/municipality and how would you work to resolve it?

The primary function of a township in Wisconsin is the establishment and maintenance of roads. To accomplish this, the town is somewhat dependent on state funding which has been reduced or in the best case stagnant in recent years. Meanwhile costs for materials, labor and machinery have been rising. This means that every year we can refurbish less miles of road. This eventually leads to having roads that are not in as good of a condition. I have been participating in a coordinated effort lead by the Wisconsin Towns Association to make road funding a higher priority with our state legislators in general and specifically in the upcoming budget.

What are other key issues facing the district/municipality, and how would you work to resolve them?

The issue of CAFO's is a high priority with many residents of the township. Unfortunately the siting of CAFO's is in the jurisdiction of the Wisconsin DNR and to a smaller degree the county with regard to land conservation practices. What the township can and has done is to implement a very comprehensive manure transportation ordinance. The ordinance is there to protect our roads as well as people's land and water by adopting nationally recognized engineering standards for the construction of pipelines for the transport of manure. The other part of protecting our roads is the enforcement of state IOH (Implements of Husbandry) statutes under which the township is tasked with issuing permits.