The Wisconsin River Valley is resource rich. We largely owe our past and our future to these resources. Stewardship in the 21st Century has evolved to a meaning that it isn’t just the leaders who are charged with caring for and preserving our resources, all citizens, young and old today have a deeper sense of knowledge of our environment than our grandparents did. Early settlers of our great country viewed our resources as limitless and short sightedness lead to things like clear cutting and dumping into rivers. We’ve learned lessons. 21st Century citizens and leaders alike share in this stewardship responsibility.

Technology and media permeation have further shortened the time news of disasters and environmental issues are brought to our attention. The unintended hazards placed in the water in Flint, MI come to mind as a lesson that should ring alarms when short cuts and expediency trump experienced stewardship.

We have a water way second to none in our state that provides the necessary fresh water for industry like our paper mills, hydroelectric power generation and fresh water fishing and recreation. It wasn’t always as pristine, like the Fox River when I grew up in Green Bay, municipalities and industry dumped raw sewage straight into the river; we have come a long way to righting the wrongs of the early 20th century. We are capable of visioning a better place; a more fruitful and sustainable place.

The city of Wausau has some of the best fresh water wells in the state. We are currently operating at a capacity well under design. We are well positioned to attract 21st Century business operations with our great river for industrial cooling capabilities and our city wells for residential expansion and importantly, industries that support high wage jobs like food and beverage plants.

Our resources are the core to our future and our stewardship of those resources will provide for generations to come. But stewardship isn’t just natural resources, it includes diverse human resources and fiduciary as well.

We have a property tax rate higher than most similar cities in the state. It is a perennial campaign mantra of some sort or fashion from every office hopeful. The city council position is a non-partisan grass roots, rubber meets the road office. Every decision to spend should be viewed as if one were spending their own money or a business investment. Is there a reasonable return on investment? If a quantifiable return on investment is unattainable, is it necessity in the eyes of the people? Is it necessary for quality of life or regulatory compliance?

I am a 21st Century resource steward. Vote for Doug Diny – Alderman District 4.