Two men—Rick Jaeckels and Jeff Moehn—are running for an open aldermanic seat on the Chilton City Council in the April 6 election.
The seat is in Aldermanic District 2, which represents Wards 2 and 5.
Following are the responses of both candidates to a questionnaire provided by the Tri-County News. The order in which their responses are printed was determined by a coin flip.
Moehn is employed as a State of Wisconsin licensed master plumber. He and wife Michelle have three children—Marissa, Jenna and Mariah, all college students.
Moehn is currently a member of the Chilton Lions Club and a member of Good Shepherd Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He was previously a member of the Chilton Fire Department for 17 years.
“I have not held any elected public offices, but I do have experience in leadership roles,” Moehn said. “I was a former president of the Chilton Lions Club and will again be president beginning in July. While on the Chilton Fire Department, I was a promoted to lieutenant and held that position for nine years.”
Asked about his qualifications for being a good public official, Moehn said, “In 2000, I founded Moehn Plumbing and ran a successful business for 17 years. I believe running a business gave me the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to be a responsible representative for the residents of the City of Chilton. I am organized, dependable, and I am a firm believer in being proactive in dealing with difficult situations. As a business owner, I learned how to work with people and be attentive to their needs and opinions.”
Asked about issues facing Chilton, Moehn provided the following list:
“1. Budget issues will always be at the forefront of city concerns. I will use my business knowledge to make sound decisions on behalf of the residents of Chilton.
“2. To provide more support to the Chilton Housing Authority to ensure our residents have affordable housing.
“3. While not a key issue at this moment, I would like to inquire about allowing ATV/UTVs on city streets. I have had contact with local citizens who have expressed the desire to be able to use their ATV/UTVs on city streets, as other nearby municipalities allow it. With rising gas prices, this seems like a good alternative.”
Moehn added, “I believe I have a good rapport with many citizens in the city of Chilton and look forward to the opportunity to serve the residents in Wards 2 and 5.”
Jaeckels works in crane sales for Contrx Industries, a division of All-Lift Systems in Neenah.
“I am 51 years old, a proud graduate of Chilton High School and a lifelong resident of the city. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley prior to transferring to UW-Whitewater where I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1992.”
Jaeckels is married to Andrea and they have two daughters, Reagan, 13, and Madison, 11.
He is a current member of the Chilton Lions Club and serves as second vice president. “As a member, I especially enjoy working the early morning kitchen shift at the Thanksgiving Express,” he said.
Jaeckels said, “I was first appointed alderman to fill a vacancy in District 3 in 2008 and was re-elected in 2009 and every other year up until being elected mayor in 2016. I served in that capacity until April 2020. As mayor I attended all committee meetings as well as all Plan Commission and Redevelopment Authority (RDA) meetings.”
Asked about his qualifications for being a good alderman, Jaeckels said, “In addition to serving as an alderperson and mayor, I have a broad range of experience:
n I served two years on the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and attended those quarterly committee and commission meetings.
n While no longer an elected official, I continue to serve on the RDA.
n Over the past five years (I) have also attended quarterly meetings of the Calumet County Civic Association (CCCA) where local officials gather to share information on what is happening in their communities. The current COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, has not allowed us to meet the past year.
n While no longer an elected official, I have continued to stay informed by attending all the council meetings. In doing so, I am knowledgeable in major areas of concern, and on areas where action needs to be addressed and prioritized.
n With my past elected experience, I have worked with almost all the current employees and I am also familiar with outside agencies and personnel.
n I like to keep an open mind and I am willing to listen to others. No two people are ever going to agree with each other on every issue but it is important to give residents a voice in matters.
n Lastly, I have the ability to work well with others.”
As for issues addressing the city, Jaeckels provided the following:
“1. It is important to continue adding and filling new industrial/commercial property for the city. In order for any city to grow under the current state mandated levy limits, building and development needs to minimally keep up with inflation and needs to surpass it in order to keep offering the residents the services as it has in the past—not to mention allowing for any new services. To do so, the city needs this additional property so that we can offer existing businesses that opportunity to stay and grow here with us as well as the potential for outside and new businesses to come here.
2. It is important to continue to support and maintain a reasonable tax rate and quality services through the budget process.
3. The city needs to take further steps in making sure that our public safety departments and facilities are properly supported. The First Responders program that has been added to city services is a good start; however, we also need to look at making sure that our facilities are well maintained and adequate for supporting the Fire, First Responders and Police services we rely on in these times. The past year especially has shown the strain on these core departments and an emphasis on maintaining a high level of readiness is critical to a great city.
4. Lastly, continue to make sure the city streets are well-maintained.”
Jaeckels concluded by saying, “I would like to thank all the people that have been supportive of me in the past and I hope to continue to be of service to the city in which I have lived my entire life.”