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Political vets seek Edgerton mayor post

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
March 31, 2010
— As the April 6 election approaches, Edgerton mayoral candidates Matt McIntyre and Chris Lund recently talked to the Gazette about local economic development issues.

The two candidates, both experienced Edgerton city officials, are competing for the mayor's seat left open by incumbent Erik Thompson, who is not seeking re-election.


McIntyre, 52, a building contractor, served as mayor for 10 years. It's been four years since he last served as mayor.


"I'm at a point in life where I'd like to get back into the mayor's position to capitalize on things I've learned in the past few years," McIntyre said.


Along with the mayoral election, Lund, 54, an incumbent Edgerton alderman, is defending his second district seat against Marvin Charleston. Lund, a maintenance and setup mechanic and 12-year alderman, said he feels pressure to succeed in his bids for public office.


"If I lost both races, that'd be devastating, I guess. It'd be one thing if I was willing to be done. But especially now, with all the people that have supported me over the years, I'd feel like I let them down," he said.


The Gazette could not reach Charleston for comment.


As mayor, McIntyre said he'd focus on job creation in Edgerton. As a catalyst, McIntyre said, the city could reinvest some of the nearly $500,000 in revenue brought in by business development in Edgerton's north-side business park.


The business park is located in a TIF district, a type of land development funded by a community and paid back through property taxes generated by businesses located in the development.


McIntyre said he'd consider using some of the TIF funds generated at the park to continue its expansion.


"I think that, if not from the (TIF) source, we could use funding from some area to do more expansion out there," he said.


McIntyre wouldn't specify how much he's willing to see the city spend on land near north-side business.


"It's just a concept. It's speculative right now," he said.


Lund told the Gazette he'd support a city plan to buy land for TIF developments if the price was right.


"This may be the right time to be considering land purchases because land prices have dropped in the last couple of years," Lund said.


Lund also would like to see downtown development continue. He said a major priority should be landing tenants at the Fulton Square Condominiums, another TIF project.


The city has about $78,000 in non-recovered costs tied up in the development, mostly linked to capital improvements and soil remediation. Fulton Square currently has one tenant.


"It's sending a negative message right now," Lund acknowledged. "It got completed at the wrong time with economic situations worldwide."


Lund said even if it's a slow process to fill Fulton Square, he believes the city should stay involved.


"If there's things that we (the city) can do to help, I'd be happy to work with anyone interested in that," he said.


Bios

Christopher W. Lund


Address: 314 Terrace Court, Edgerton.


Age: 54


Job: Maintenance and setup mechanic


Education: Graduated from Edgerton High School, received Firefighter, Hazmat and emergency certification from Blackhawk Technical College.


Community service: Volunteer for Angel Food Ministries at Central Lutheran Church, Edgerton; former board member, Edgerton Youth Baseball; volunteer, Edgerton Fire Department and ambulance driver.


Elected post: Edgerton alderman.


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Matt McIntyre


Address: 3 Mechanic St., Edgerton.


Age: 52


Job: Carpentry, construction and remodeling.


Education: Graduated from Edgerton High School; attended Blackhawk Technical College, UW Whitewater.


Community service: Former member of Jaycees; census committee; Veterans Memorial building committee.


Elected posts: Edgerton mayor; Edgerton City Council.



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