Belleville Village Board Candidate - Melissa P. Francois
There are three seats open for Belleville Village Trustee
March 26, 2020
Occupation: Microbiologist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
Years lived in village: 5
Have you been on the village board or held any other public office before? If so please describe: No
Why are you running for village board? I feel it's important for my generation to get involved with government - local branches especially - to cultivate communities of which we can be proud. Belleville has many layers and we will face challenges over the next few years. I want to ensure that there is a voice for all residents to discuss and actively address any upcoming issues. I hope for new residents and entrepreneurs to see Belleville's potential as a strong, well-structured bedroom community with great schools, businesses and acceptable housing. I am eager to serve on the board and bring a fresh perspective to our village's political landscape.
What issues do you find most important to the village board? List your top three priorities: Downtown development, affordable, well kept housing, completing the library project.
If you could reverse one village action, what would that be? I would have liked the village to work more closely with local contractors and companies through the bidding and progress of existing work being done on the developments happening to the west and east of the village. There seems to be a general sense of unknowing (within the community) as to regulated land use. I'm uneasy in the possibility that depending on the quality and restrictions set by a land use committee – these projects may greatly impact economic development and property values within the more established areas of the village.
Any additional comments? I grew up in Belleville and worked at the grocery store at the age of 14. Through high school I was a lifeguard and swim instructor for the Belleville Aquatic Center. I attended Belleville High School where I gained an education that allowed me to attend UW-Madison and later, Madison Area Technical College. I have moved away for short times while pursuing different career opportunities, but I have always been drawn back to Belleville. It is truly my "hometown". I purchased a house in Belleville in July of 2018, and live there with my Schnauzer, Ruby. As someone new to village politics, I'm interested in learning more about the public's concerns and am open to conversations. Although, I'm a bit green in understanding political procedure, I am well rounded and eager to learn and accept the responsibility of making good choices for the future of a community that I remain proud of and clearly invested in. I've watched the community grow around me and I'm interested in playing a part in the changes that are bound to happen going forward.