EL board bids Kapellen adieu

Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff


THE ELKHART LAKE Village Board presented a resolution of commendation to retiring Trustee Steve Kapellen (center) at their meeting Monday. The resolution was presented by Village President Alan Rudnick (third from left) and board members (left to right) John Schott, Richard Baumann, Richard Sadiq, Lynn Shovan and Geoffrey Bray. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner THE ELKHART LAKE Village Board presented a resolution of commendation to retiring Trustee Steve Kapellen (center) at their meeting Monday. The resolution was presented by Village President Alan Rudnick (third from left) and board members (left to right) John Schott, Richard Baumann, Richard Sadiq, Lynn Shovan and Geoffrey Bray. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner ELKHART LAKE – The Village Board bid an emotional farewell to its senior member Monday.

It was the last meeting for Trustee Steve Kapellen, who is leaving the board after serving nearly three dozen years.

“It’s my sad duty to read this,” Village President Alan Rudnick said as he presented Kapellen’s official letter of resignation, which was accepted by the board.

“It was a tough decision, but I decided it was a good time to do it,” said Kapellen, who will be moving to Florida in retirement.

“My kids applauded it,” he said of his decision to leave Elkhart Lake.

The board recognized Kaby pellen with a resolution of commendation, then feted him with pizza, cake, crackers and cheese – Sargento, of course, where Kapellen worked for decades before retiring.

“I have learned so much from you,” Trustee Lynn Shovan told Kapellen. “Your knowledge and wisdom on this board was greatly appreciated.”

“You’re going to be a hard act to follow for anybody who follows you,” Trustee Geoffrey Bray added.

“Being on the board has been great,” Kapellen told his soon-to-be-former colleagues.

He recalled that he first ran for the board in 1980 and finished in a tie for the seat with the late Rola Ann Klahn, each of them receiving 24 votes.

Since Klahn had lived in the village longer than him, Kapellen recalled, she won appointment to the board.

Kapellen was elected to the board several years later and has served almost continuously since. “I just rolled on from then,” he commented.

He recalled several contentious issues dealt with by the board over those years, including the construction of the new fire station and the creation of the village’s first tax incremental district to support the Osthoff resort development, both of which he supported.

In the midst of the latter controversy, Kapellen related, he went door-to-door at election time placing flyers on doorways, only to have Osthoff opponents follow him and remove all of them from the doors.


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