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2019 BOARD CANDIDATES

Six lake district members are running for two open positions this year. Several have submitted descriptions of their backgrounds and qualifications (included below). The candidates will also present a short introduction to their candidacy at the Annual Meeting before the voting takes place. District members must be present at the meeting to vote.

Annual Buffalo Lake District Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 2019

9:00 am (8:30 am registration begins)
Montello High School

Board Candidates

Dave Burton

Marcel (Joe) Dion

Gary Kershaw

Chris Meyer

Chuck Kopesil

Al Rosenthal

Candidate Biographies

Marcel (Joe) Dion

Proud U.S. Navy Veteran, 6 years as a town board supervisor, full time resident.

Contributions to the district: attended all district and committee meetings, serving on the Harvesting Committee and Lake Plan committee, completed grant application for the transporter, presented grant to the (DNR) and got approval for the grant of $63,793.45, Led effort to develop the final requirements for the new transporter, volunteered 4 Saturdays for district site clean-up, obtained GPS data for all district buoys.

Goals – Continue to improve the harvesting operation for all users of the lake. Move the district forward by learning from past mistakes, by combining new ideas with the old. Continue the information flow to the district members and keeping in touch with other districts to share ideas.

Gary Kershaw

Hi, my name is Gary Kershaw. After owning property on the east and west ends of Buffalo Lake since 2004, my wife Rose Mary and I became year-round residents in 2018. After viewing the poor condition of the lake and equipment after the 2018 season, I volunteered and became a member of the Harvest Committee on both equipment and personnel and attended all lake district monthly meetings. I assisted prioritizing equipment repairs to be the most cost effective as well as helping with the repairs. After review of lake standards, I requested to change to bio-hydraulic oil in the machines.

I am running to be a Buffalo Lake District Board of Directors member to help with improvement of the lake, to have a good stable work crew, and to stay within the financial budget.

Chris Meyer

Hello fellow Buffalo Lake members. My name is Chris Meyer and I will be running for one of the positions on the Buffalo Lake District Board. A little bit about me. My husband and I live on Lakeview Drive right over by the railroad tracks in Packwaukee. We have had the house for over 10 years but for the last 3 have lived here as fulltime residents. We have seen many changes over the years and I would like to partake in us moving forward with all the great work we have done this year. I currently do lake water clarity testing with another member of the lake along with doing citizen aquatic invasive species monitoring. We also are part of the group who applied for the Healthy Lakes Grant. At this time, we have our native planting in and we are working on our other two grants which are the diversion and rock infiltration. I see the many benefits this program can offer along with the monitoring. The more involved we are as a group the better which brought me to the decision to try becoming a member of the board.

Al Rosenthal

I am putting my name in the election at the Annual Meeting for a position on the Board. We purchased our place on Buffalo Lake in 1994 and permanently moved to Packwaukee in 2000. I served on the Buffalo Lake P&R Board for 6 years and served as Treasurer. I feel by being on the Board and living on the lake I can give some history of the lake and what worked and what did not. We have new people getting involved, and that is great and we need those new ideas on how to improve the lake. I am a member of the Golden Sands R, C and D Board and sit on the Water and Lakes Committee, I am the secretary of the Marquette County Lakes Association, and presently on the Marquette County Board and am on the Land & Water Conservation Committee. I feel these connections can be used to the benefit of the Buffalo Lake P&R District.