Letters to the Editor
I am writing this letter in support of City Clerk, Bill Heideman. Bill defines the word integrity, doing what is right even when no one is looking. He is an upright citizen who is always willing to stand up for what is right and get the answers to the questions asked.
When I was on the City of Merrill Council, Bill always took the time to make sure all the bases were covered. Bill is very knowledgeable on meeting laws, and is trained in the board of review process. Bill has served the city admirably for the last 20 years and has a vast knowledge of the City Clerk position.
Please join me in re-electing Bill Heideman as City of Merrill City Clerk on April 3.
Former District 2 Alderman & Common Council President
At the Sept. 28, 2016 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors, the issue of bonding for Lincoln County owned Pine Crest Nursing Home was discussed and voted upon. This meeting was well attended by concerned Lincoln County residents; the room was filled to capacity and overflowing.
Five supervisors voted against bonding: William Zeitz (9th District), Loretta Baughan (10th District), Kirby Crosby (13th District), Michael Loka (16th District), and Carl Vander Sanden (20th District).
Fortunately, bonding passed, and Pine Crest Nursing Home will have a new 20-bed unit, with private rooms for rehabilitation patients and also a special care 20-bed unit with private rooms. The majority of the rooms in the original building are being remodeled as private rooms.
This entire building and remodeling project is not costing Lincoln County residents one dime, as the entire project is being paid by the Medical Assistance Program, which is a state and federal program. Bonding initially funds the Pine Crest project, but all money will be fully reimbursed by the Medical Assistance Program. Furthermore, the passage of bonding ensured that Pine Crest will remain a county owned facility and not become a private, for-profit nursing home.
In the upcoming April 3 Spring Election, residents of Lincoln County will be casting their votes for their supervisors. Several Lincoln County Supervisors will be faced by challengers; 10th District, incumbent Loretta Baughan versus challenger Jeremy Ratliff; 13th District, incumbent Kirby Crosby versus challenger Calvin Thomas Callahan; 20th District, incumbent Carl Vander Sanden versus challenger Dora Gorski.
Please remember that the incumbents in the above three districts voted “nay” on the bonding issue for Pine Crest Nursing Home. In Districts 10, 13 and 20, please cast your vote for the challengers. It is vital, that we never forget how our representatives cast their votes on issues, which affect us all.
Catherine G. LeMay-Brown
I am writing this letter to encourage city of Merrill voters to vote for Bill Heideman for City Clerk. Bill has been our City Clerk for over 19 years. He is certified both as a Municipal Clerk and as a Wisconsin Municipal Clerk. He earned a Data Processing degree from North Central Technical College, and continues to take online classes through NTC.
Bill was born and raised in Merrill, and it very active in the Merrill community. He is a member and Past President of the Merrill Lions Club. He is a life member and Past President of the Merrill Historical Society. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Foundation. Bill is also an active member of St. John Lutheran Church.
As a former alderman for the city of Merrill, I have worked with Clerk Heideman for nine years. I have found him very knowledgeable and helpful. If I had a question, Bill would find the answer for me. He would also help me develop agendas for committee meetings. He is a valuable asset to the city of Merrill.
As a city of Merrill poll worker, I witnessed how well he worked with other poll workers. He was always friendly and helpful. If anyone had a question, he was always ready, willing and able to provide answers.
Bill Heideman has continued to serve the citizens of Merrill well since 1998. On April 3, please join me in voting for Bill Heideman for City Clerk.
It is with great enthusiasm that I write you endorsing our elected, independent and incumbent City Clerk Bill Heideman.
Nearly 20 years ago a young Bill Heideman rode my father’s coattails into the office of City Clerk. Since then my father has moved onto bigger and better things, but Bill continues to serve the citizens of Merrill with the same enthusiasm as the day they took office. That is despite all of the antics our city administrative team has done to him in the last few years.
For those of you who do not know Bill, he has become certified as a municipal clerk, he is still involved in many community activities, he is the local expert on elections and he has continued to educate himself through the local technical college at his own expense in order to provide better service to the citizens. Further, if you ask anyone who works there they can confirm Bill takes less time off than a first year city employee, not even using more than a week’s vacation per year. We need more people like Bill in city hall and we certainly cannot afford to lose his vast knowledge and experience.
From what I understand Bill’s opponent is a very wonderful and honest person. But our incumbent city clerk is the only one truly qualified and certified for this job and I urge you to continue to support him.
The idea of voting out a person with nearly 20 years’ experience who does his job very well would be one of the largest historical follies we have ever done. Don’t become part of history, continue to support out independent voice in city government, vote Bill Heideman on April 3rd!
Michael J. Caylor Jr
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