February 25, 2014 | 04:49 PMWALWORTH — Four candidates are vying for three open seats in the Walworth Village Board race.
Three of the candidates currently serve on the board, and the fourth was a Fontana trustee for many years.
Current trustees, Kent Johnson, Ed Snyder and LeRoy Nordmeyer are trying for another term.
Johnson has served for about 20 years on the board.
Snyder has served for six years. Nordmeyer has served for 10 years.
The fourth candidate is Walworth transplant John Bromfield.
All four candidates mentioned during their interviews that they knew each other and would be happy no matter the results of the April election.
Three big issues came up during all four interviews: the DOT decision on a reroute plan for Highway 14, the village creating a second branch of its municipal court and the library may move to a new building.
In July 2013, the DOT finalized its plans for the highway through the village. Two-way traffic will flow on the western edge of Heyer Park and cut through the current Antique Mall and the parking lot.
For years, the village board, the school board and the DOT have discussed the potential plans with concerns about student safety at the top of the list. The village board approved of the DOT plan, though the members agreed it wasn’t the preferred option.
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Earlier this month, the village board created a second branch of its municipal court, which limited Judge John “Jay” Peterson’s jurisdiction. This decision to create the second branch came after months of talking with Peterson about the decreased revenue from the court.
Peterson said he is following state guidelines on municipal court procedure, but the village board wanted him to be stricter in the courtroom.
In January, the village board agreed to purchase space at the West Lake Centre, 525 Kenosha St. The village has a few months to determine if the space will work for the library before officially buying it.
Library Director Bobbi Sorrentino has worked since then with architects to develop interior plans for the building, which is currently empty.
To see these candidate profiles, see the Feb. 27 issue of the Regional News.