Eric Neff Candidate Chair- Town of Barnes Board

Background Statement:
 
I have been either vacationing or living in the Barnes area since 1985. I was attracted to the area because of the lakes, streams and forest. We love to camp, and this is an ideal area for that. My wife Christine’s family have been property owners and long-time residents first coming here in the 1950’s.

 

 Professionally I have been in finance for over thirty years retiring as a Senior VP for a major company. I have also been a church council president as well as a board member for the Boy Scouts of America managing large diverse budgets and committees.
 
Why are you seeking this office?
 
I am a big believer in the democratic process. If a person sees a more productive way for something to function, then I believe you should get involved and help make things better for everyone.
 
What experience (professional/personal/volunteer) will help you with this office.
 
Professionally I have managed multi-state territories with thousands of clients. Like a town, these territories had many moving parts that need to be balanced to function effectively.
 
Personally, I have been a church council president with a congregation size similar to our town I know how to work for the greater good. Managing a large budget and many committees gave me some great experience. This experience gives me working knowledge of how to bring out the skills and talents of volunteers much like a town uses a citizen on a committee to make the most out of its human resources for the benefit of all.
 
My volunteer work is primarily with the Boy Scouts of America. Starting as an Eagle Scout myself, I became a local Assistant Scoutmaster when my boys joined the local troop, then becoming a board member for the local Boy Scout council in Duluth and then a regional board member for the Central Region covering eighteen states and over 600,000 scouts. My work at both the council and regional level provides me with experience managing local committees, projects and agenda’s all with the purpose of helping the BSA move forward to be prepared for the future. These are the skills I will bring to the Town of Barnes.
 
What issues are facing Barnes today and what actions would you propose to deal with these issues?
 
Barnes needs help attracting new business to the area. I would like to work with a committee to come up with some innovative solutions, possibly tax incentives.

 

We also need a higher community profile for tourists to be attracted to our lakes and support our local businesses. We can do this by revitalizing our tourism committee and by some regional targeted marketing.
 
Fiscal responsibility is important to everyone. I think big jumps in property taxes are a sign of poor planning. I will utilize committee’s, research, staff insights, and board planning to plan for the future.

 

 We also need better communication between the town board and Barnes’ citizens to help encourage more citizen participation. This will provide more ideas for the board to consider when making decisions for the town.
 
What is your vision for Barnes two years from now?
 
A safe place to live, less community division, new business, good roads, clean lakes and more community events. The new fire station and EMT personnel is a great way to start, let’s keep going. New businesses may need some help to get started. Let’s be innovative. Roads are expensive and need to be planned for. Our lakes are our treasure. We all need to take care of them so our citizens can enjoy them and so they continue to attract local business and tourism. I would like to see events like the Vatten Paddlar grow. It would be nice to have a local event a few times per year to attract tourism seasonally.
 
How can voters reach you?
 
They can e-mail me at longbow@cheqnet.net or call me at 715-795-3227. I do have a campaign website where they can review my platform pre-election www.neff-for-chairman.com

 

Voters Guide Information

This questionnaire was sent to each candidate who filed for the positions of Chair or Town Supervisor for the Town of Barnes and Gordon boards.
 
Our process was to:
  • Send to each candidate the questionnaire,
  • Receive their response- note that some candidates responded question by question and others by a more general narrative.
  •  The original timeline was not meet by all. Therefore, the timeline was extended. This was done as we wished to give everyone the opportunity to respond. The majority did respond.
  • Format the responses as an e-mail to be shared with the membership of the “Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area”
  • Send back to each candidate the e-mail format for their edit with a timeline for this to be completed .
  • Distribute this information to all.
All candidates were asked the same questions that follow:
 
BACKGROUND STATEMENT (please share any personal information you would like voters to know):
Ql. Why are you seeking this office?
 
 Q2. What experience (professional/personal/volunteer) will help you in office?
 
Q3. What issues are facing Barnes/Gordon today and  what actions would you propose to deal with those issues?
 
Q4. What is your vision for Barnes/Gordon 2 years from now and in 10 years from now?
 
Q5. How can voters reach you before the election if they have questions for you? 
 
With each “Voters Guide” you will receive the contact information of each candidate if you wish to communicate directly with them.
 
We are a 501c3 corporation. We do not endorse or recommend candidates. We offer the “Voters Guide” as a service to our membership and to the candidates.  An informed electorate is important in our system of governance. 

 

We appreciate the willingness  of these individuals to stand up and seek this responsibility.

 

Absentee Ballot and Early Voting
 
As noted above the election date is April 2. 2019. For those of
you who wish to vote absentee ballot. One can make a written request to the Town Clerk at: 
 
  • clerk@barnes-wi.com or clerk@gordonwi.com. You will need to either present a picture ID or scan one in if you are doing this via e-mail.    
 
If you have voted via absentee ballot before they may have a copy of your picture ID. If you simply wish to vote early, please contact your town office for information. Please,to be sure this is done correctly, contact the Town Clerks or check for information on their respective websites.
 
Remember that to obtain an absentee ballot it takes time to request, receive and return by the needed date. So, proceed with that in mind and vote as it is important that you participate in this right and responsibility.

 

Upcoming Town Board Elections Candidates Voters’ Guide Absentee Ballot & Early Voting

The election date for our Town Boards is April 2,2019.

For the Town of Barnes, the following individuals have registered as candidates:

 

For Supervisor (two positions)

    • George (Fred) Barnes -3955 Lake Rd., Barnes, WI  54873 no email 715-795-2252
    • Sue Jansen – 50445 Martin Rd. Barnes, WI 54873 upperlakesj@cheqnet.net 715-795-3163
    • Mike O’Keefe – 1865 Buck n Bass Rd, Barnes, WI  54873 bigmike807@yahoo.com 715-795-3111
    • Donna Porter – 53100 County Hwy Y, Barnes, WI  54873 dporter@barnes-wi.com 715-795-2023

For Town Chair (one position)

    • Eric Neff- 50710 Martin Rd. Barnes, WI  54873 longbowbbs@mac.com 715-795-2821 
    •  Christine Webb – 49405 River Rd. Gordon, WI  54838 chairperson@barnes-wi.com 715-795-3425

For the Town of Gordon, the following individuals have registered as candidates:

    • Denny Kline–Chair; 
    • Tim Haakenson –Supervisor
    • Jim Hankins–Supervisor.

 

They can be contacted via: clerk@barnes-wi.com and clerk@gordon-wi.com

We appreciate the willingness of these individuals to stand up and serve our communities. 

Last year and this year we submitted to the candidates a questionnaire that serves as a guide to the voters. The questions asked are the following:

 

BACKGROUND STATEMENT (please share any personal information you would like voters to know):

Ql. Why are you seeking this office?

Q2. What experience (professional/personal/volunteer) will help you in office?

Q3. What issues are facing Barnes/Gordon today and what actions would you propose to deal with those issues?

Q4. What is your vision for Barnes/Gordon 2 years from now and in 10 years from now?

Q5. How can voters reach you before the election if they have questions for you? 

 

We will  share  this information with the membership of “The Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area”.  This will be done after the candidates edit their drafts for final copy.

Our membership includes some who are registered voters, more who are taxpayers and all who are impacted by the decisions of our town boards.

 

Absentee Ballot and Early Voting

As noted above the election date is April 2. 2019. For those of
you who wish to vote absentee ballot. One can make a written request to the Town Clerk, at clerk@barnes-wi.com or clerk@gordon-wi.com. You will need to either present a picture ID or scan one in if you are doing this via e-mail.  
 
If you have voted via absentee ballot before they may have a copy of your picture ID. If you simply wish to vote early, please contact your town office for information. Please,to be sure this is done correctly, contact the Town Clerks or check for information on their respective websites; www.barneswi.us.com and www.gordonwi.us.com to verify this information.
 
Remember that to obtain an absentee ballot it takes time to request, receive and return by the needed date. So, proceed with that in mind and vote as it is important that you participate in this right and responsibility.

 

 

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Boat Landing Volunteers Needed Now

We  still have 5 weeks of Boat Landing monitoring to do this summer and  volunteers are needed,especially on Middle Eau Claire Lake. 

This weekend  the time slots of  Saturday 6-8 am and 4-6 pm on Middle Eau Claire Lake remain to be filled. 

Please contact Sally Pease at 715-559-0614 or at sally.pease.uec@gmail.com. She will find slots for you to help on Middle Eau Claire or on other lakes.

Time volunteered serves to keep check on the  potential spread of aquatic invasive species and also gives us credit to aid in grant funding.

Town of Barnes Public Hearing – July 31

Town of Barnes -Public Hearing

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