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Volume 5, Number6
JANUARY, 2010
Before we bid a fond farewellto 2009 . . .
A heartfelt thank you to all 2009 sponsors and supporters!
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THE KOHLER VILLAGER
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THE KOHLER VILLAGER welcomes contributions of news and photos of civicevents from readers. Editorial staff reserves the right to edit as necessary.
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Happy New Year!2010 lies in front of us as a fresh canvason a painter’s easel. As individuals we mayask: What will I add to this painting? WillI be a part of accomplishing the goals thathave been laid out? Will I be a part of thesolution of accomplishing these goals? AsVillage Board members we may ask: Willour constituents be satisfied with our effortsto move the Village of Kohler a bit moreinto the future??? These are the type of things that your Village Board wrestles withon a regular basis.Your Village Board is convinced that ithas approved a very sensible budget for 2010. Easily, we could have increased themill rate by a percentage point here or there,without any criticism from the residents.But, we knew that it made more sense tosave the local taxpayer as many dollars as possible in light of the present economy.Much uncertainty remains in regards tothe nation’s economic recovery. Recently,the market indicators have been positive, but there is no guarantee that this will con-tinue – and it will take a period of time be-fore any of us are made whole again. Our 2010 budget is indicative of this philosophy.Yet, we believe that this philosophy willallow the village to move forward and con-tinue to maintain, enhance and add to theamenities provided.As your Village Board President Istrongly believe that we are all stakeholdersof the Village of Kohler. And our questionhas to be: “If it was our business and wewere writing the checks for its operation,what would we do?” By applying an own-ership philosophy, we collectively insurethat we will receive a sound value for thegoods and services that we pay for. This isthe same philosophy that is applied to our  personal lives.Many of the challenges that face us in thefuture are unknown. To the surprise of noone, the revenue that is raised from the roomtaxes at the American Club and Inn onWoodlake will be less than it has in the past.A significant portion of this tax has been re-turned to the Village Board for offsetting thetaxes of the Village of Kohler. This will cre-ate a negative effect on the Village’s Gen-eral Fund for 2011 and the Tourism Budgetfor 2011. I am confident the Village Boardwill arrive at the right solutions in dealingwith this decline as the year unfolds and theimpact is fully understood.The challenges of the future are un-
From the Village Board President . . .
known, but not overwhelming. Your VillageBoard members will deal with these con-cerns as they arise. As in the past, the prob-lems will be addressed in a calm andeffective manner. Challenges present oppor-tunities – and it is the manner in which weaddress those opportunities that will makethe difference.This is an exciting time to be your VillageBoard President. I look forward to 2010with great anticipation. May the picture thateach one of us paints for 2010 be the mosaicthat we will admire in the future.My personal best wishes to you and your family for all the best in 2010!Until next time…Steve Reinbacher Village President
Two school board seatsup for grabsin spring election
Kohler School Board members LauraKohler and Diane Venn have announcedthey will not seek re-election in 2010.Laura Kohler was appointed a member  by the Board of Education in 2006 to fill aseat left vacant when a member relocatedto another state. She has served as vice- president since spring of 2009. She also sitson the Human Resources Committee andPolicy Committee.Diane Venn has been on the SchoolBoard since 2003 serving as clerk. She alsosits on the Buildings and Grounds Commit-tee, and Curriculum and Instruction Com-mittee.School Board candidates will be on the ballot for the April 6, 2010 election. Theterm of office for School Board members isthree years beginning on Monday, April 26,2010. A Campaign Registration Statementand a Declaration of Candidacy must befiled no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday,January 5, 2010, in the Kohler School Dis-trict office. If a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February16, 2010.More information is available on page10.
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Message from the president . . .
Dear Village of Kohler residents,With the main part of winter upon us, I would like to talk about the safety of ice bothon Woodlake and the Sheboygan River. Win-ter activities such as ice skating, hiking, and cross country skiing may lead you to crossthe lake or river. I would like to remind every-one that weather can change rapidly in Wis-consin so please be aware of your surroundings. The ice may seem safe, butthe moving river waters and changes in tem- perature can deteriorate conditions over time. Always double-check the thickness be- fore venturing across the ice.Hypothermia and frostbite are also twoconcerns while engaging in winter activities.They can creep up quickly if you are not properly dressed for conditions. Factors thatcan make you susceptible include: prolonged exposure to a cold or wet environment, beingvery old or very young, underlying medical conditions, alcohol use, and certain medica-tions or drugs. Signs and symptoms of gen-eral hypothermia are cold skin temperature,shivering, decreasing mental status and motor function and dizziness. Frostbite canbe prevented easily by covering all exposed skin in below freezing temperatures. If yoususpect you or someone you are with is indanger of a cold weather injury, move in-doors and seek appropriate medical atten-tion.Lastly, the Fire Department would alsolike to ask residents that live near a fire hy-drant to “adopt” that fire hydrant. Thismeans that you help clear snow from around the hydrant after a snowfall. The Fire De- partment and Village of Kohler would  greatly appreciate the help, as it will ensuresafety and save time and tax dollars. Manyof you have assisted with this in the past and it has been a tremendous help.Sincerely,Dietmar WohlgemuthKohler Fire Department President
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POSITION – Captain of Ladder Company.DUTIES – The Captain will have the authorityin the event that the Chief or Deputy Chiefs arenot present. He is responsible for direction of his men at drills and alarms, also for the proper operation of the equipment under his com-mand, and shall maintain it in such conditionthat it will at all times function to the best pos-sible advantage.YEARS OF SERVICE – 22. He started as aFirefighter, then held the position of Lieutenantwith the Ladder Co. and is presently Captainof Ladder Co. The Ladder Truck has a 75 ft.main ladder. It also carries many other laddersfor different applications. It can transport 3Firefighters. It also has many different attack lines for fire suppression. Chuck was also Fire-fighter of the Year in 1993 and then again in1995.OCCUPATION – Works for the Village of Kohler Department of Public Works. He has been employed there for 33 years.HOBBIES – Spending time with family, cook-ing, and taking weekend road trips with hiswife.FAMILY – Wife Liz, Son TJ, Daughter Stephanie, Stepson Michael, Stepdaughter McKayla.YEARS IN KOHLER – 51 years
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POSITION – Captain of Engine Company,Treasurer of Fire Dept. Business Organiza-tion.DUTIES –The Captain will have the author-ity in the event that the Chief or DeputyChiefs are not present. He is responsible for direction of his men at drills and alarms, alsofor the proper operation of the equipmentunder his command, and shall maintain it insuch condition that it will at all times functionto the best possible advantage. As Treasurer he receives all moneys due to the department,keeps account off all moneys received and paid out, and gives a monthly account to thedepartment.YEARS OF SERVICE – 33. He started as aFirefighter, then held the position of Lieu-tenant on Engine Co., and is presently Cap-tain of Engine Co. The Engine Company isour main attack vehicle for fire suppression;it can transport 6 Firefighters, 1100 gallonsof water, and many different sizes of attack lines. Dan was also a past president of theFire Dept. Business Organization.OCCUPATION – Retired from Kohler Co.with 43 years of service in various adminis-trative duties. He now works part time in thespring and summer helping with lawn carefor the Village of Kohler.HOBBIES – Camping, golfing, bicycling,and bowlingFAMILY – Son Andy, Daughter Jennifer,Grandchildren Austin, Noah, and Madison.YEARS IN KOHLER – 62 years
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POSITION – Captain of the Rescue Unit,First Responder for Kohler Village Emer-gency Medical Services.DUTIES – The Captain will have the author-ity in the event that the Chief or DeputyChiefs are not present. He is responsible for direction of his men at drills and alarms, alsofor the proper operation of the equipmentunder his command, and shall maintain it insuch condition that it will at all times func-tion to the best possible advantage.YEARS OF SERVICE – 19. He started as aFirefighter, and then held the position of Lieutenant for 5 years, and Captain for the past 10 years. Both positions were held withour Rescue Unit, which is made up of aCommand Center, Extrication equipment,and a hauler that can transport 14 Firefight-ers.OCCUPATION – Civil Engineer Supervisor at Kohler Co. He has been with Kohler Co.for 27 years. He has also held the position of Trustee with the Kohler Village Board for 1year.HOBBIES – Biking, surfing, exercising,downhill skiing, KPAL (Kohler Police Ath-letic League), and spending time with fam-ily.FAMILY – Wife Deb, Daughter Asha.
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