Wehr seeks re-election to at-large council seat

From Local Sources


HUNTINGBURG — Tim Wehr has announced his intention to seek re-election to the Huntingburg Common Council at-large seat in 2019 as an Independent candidate.

Wehr currently holds the at-large position and serves as council president. He wants to continue to be an active part of growth and development of Huntingburg.

“I have learned a lot being on the council this past term. It’s been an honor to serve.” Wehr said. “I am seeking a re-election to see current projects completed. I have a responsibility to the people of our town and I take that very seriously. It’s not about the party, it’s about the people. I’ve always had an open ear to the citizens. My career allows me the flexibility to be able to have a dialogue with those that I serve and investigate the concerns of our citizens.”

Being involved in the Stellar Communities program, Wehr has worked well alongside the other council members and has been taking strides to improving Huntingburg even more. 

“I am excited Market Street Park has been completed this past fall along with the Railroad Overpass,” he said. “Additionally, I’m looking forward to the completion of the Fourth Street Heritage Trail project that’s just been started.”

Wehr will represent the council on the city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

Priorities for the next four years include improving the roads in town and working hard to keep property taxes and utility bills as low as possible. Wehr attended a meeting last fall in Illinois to learn about an opportunity to lower natural gas rates and subsequently recommend it to the council. The council approved the measure, resulting in lower rates starting in April.

Growth in the city is important to Wehr. He supports using programs to attract housing developments and remains confident in the city’s plans to lure a townhouse complex on Leland Drive and also an apartment complex on North Washington Street.

Wehr is pursuing businesses to fill the vacancy at the clinic by the hospital, and is searching for property in town to add additional housing. “I’ve been part of many great improvements during my tenure as councilman, such as the ground breaking of St Joseph’s Hospital renovation, the start and finish of Market Street Park Stellar project and the water main slip line project. I supported the addition of a resource officer for our school district and our drug enforcement officer, the upgrading and expansion project of the water department including its infrastructure and the occupied housing rehabilitation program to help assist residents with home maintenance.

Soon he will present his findings to the council on ways the city can possibly reduce the number of unpaid utility bills.

He said he’s supportive of all city departments, especially the police and fire departments. “Feeling safe in our town is very important to me,” Wehr said.

Wehr graduated from Southridge High School in 1982 and from Vincennes University in 1984 with an aviation maintenance degree. He continued his education and pursued his aviation career as a corporate pilot.  He has been flying out of the Huntingburg Airport for the past 24 years, 19 of which for Kimball international.

Wehr has lived in Huntingburg for 50 years and is a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church. He served on the Huntingburg Girls Softball League board of directors for 14 years and the Friends of Raider Softball board for the past 14. He was also instrumental in the success of the “YES” for Southridge Referendum Campaign, and served on the Huntingburg Citizens Advisory group. 

He has been married to his wife, Jackie, for 30 years. They have two daughters, Danielle Lee Davis of Nashville, Tennessee, and Megan, who also resides in Huntingburg, and a grandson, Carter Lee, son of his oldest daughter, Danielle.

Tim believes Huntingburg is a great city in which to live, work and raise a family.

“I love this city and I always have,” he said. “I thank everyone for their support, and I want to continue the successes of Huntingburg for current and future generations.“

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