President-elect in Marshall to prioritize campground

April 19, 2018

Cathy K

The Courier

Village of Marshall’s president-elect John Schuepbach did not hesitate on saying what he wants to focus on in his new role.

“The campground,” he said.

Schuepbach, a village trustee, was elected president of the board with 405 votes over trustee Scott Michalak’s 362 votes in the April 3 general election. He will replace Marlin Hensler Jr. who decided not to run for re-election after serving on the board for 39 years.

Schuepbach will preside over his first board meeting on Tuesday, May 8.

“If Marlin was running again, I would not have run,” Schuepbach said. “It was a close race (against Michalak).”

And one of his first goals is to do everything to ensure that the campground is running successfully by Memorial Day weekend.

Once it opens, he said, The Whistle Stop Campground will be great for Little Amerricka, the area businesses and the residents of Marshall.

“They will see that,” he said.

The campground made speedy progress after the village reacquired the campground in October and hired Bud Styer &Associates, LLC to manage it. The campground has already taken in $33,984.15 in reservations.

“It is happening, and it is exciting,” Schuepbach said. Devoting his energy towards the campground was one area that he said he would focus on during his campaign.

He also said he wants the campground to be a place that the village residents can enjoy. “I supported the campground from the start,” he said.

He also said that he likes the direction the village is going, and he will pursue the projects the village already started such as upgrading Fireman’s Park and marketing the village.

One of his strengths, Schuepbach said, is his experience serving on the village board as he served as a trustee for more than 10 years.

None of the trustees have more than one year of experience, he said. “That is the biggest thing,” he said. “We have a very young, great group.” He stated that many of the members of the village staff and village departments are new. “They are all talented,” he said.

Schuepbach has also been in the Marshall Lions Club for more than 20 years. He is also a founding member and past president of the Marshall Area Business Association (MABA).

Since 2002, he has owned Alaskan Ice Co. and from 1994-2005, he owned the Silver Fox Bar in Marshall. He is a 1967 graduate of Monona Grove High School, graduated from the Madison Area Technical College in 1970 and from Madison Business College in 1973. He and his wife Patricia have two sons, Jason and John F.

Schuepbach will also appoint a new trustee to fill his position on the board at the village reorganization meeting April 17. The board will then discuss and approve the new trustee at the May 8 meeting.

“I am excited, but it (the village president position) has a lot of responsibility,” he said

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