Wehr, Souders vie for at-large council seatOctober 7, 2019
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — Two men are vying for the at-large seat on the Huntingburg Common Council.
Independent incumbent Tim Wehr and Republican challenger Keith “Curly” Souders each hope to convince voters that he is the man for the job.
Voters can cast a ballot during early voting, which starts Tuesday, Oct. 8, or during the Nov. 5 general election.
Wehr wants to continue to be a part of the work and progress that has been happening in the city.
“It’s about the quality of life,” he said. “If I can help improve the quality of life for somebody, I’ll be happy to help out.”
Wehr said he wants to continue serving the people of Huntingburg.
“It’s really about the people, not the party,” he said. “That’s the way is should be, and that’s what my goals are.”
Serving is something Wehr has done all of his life. He gave as an example the fact that he worked with the Huntingburg Girls Softball League for 14 years and is in his 14th year as a member of Friends of Raiders Softball, despite his daughter no longer being in either league.
“If I can do something to make something better than when I started, that’s the [goal],” he said. “I enjoy trying to make something better for the kids.”
He joined the council four years ago to continue his service. “This affects everybody. And my job (as a pilot for Kimball international) allows me to have off; it gives me time to do this,” he said. “We are responsible for the future of the city.”
Wehr has many ideas he’d like to work on, some of which are working with the mayor and other officials on a new neighborhood association program, working to decrease the amount of unpaid utility bills, continuing efforts to fill up the open space at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, and working on getting housing for people who “don’t qualify for low-income housing, but they are very limited on where they go, or want to downsize.”
Wehr hopes that voters will allow him to serve another four years.
“This is our town,” he said. “We have a good town here, but we can always do better. Like the Southridge football coach has said: We should do the best we can, and then a little more.”
Wehr 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.
Souders hopes that residents will give him a chance to serve on the Huntingburg Common Council.
“I’ve lived here all my life. I know most of the people around the city. I’ve been familiar with all the business people in town,” he said. “That relationship will go a long way with me serving on the council.”
The experience he obtained from United Minerals would be useful in the council position, he said.
“My past work experience with United Minerals included equipment acquisitions, cost budgeting, cost-cutting measures,” he said. “I know a lot about the equipment the city uses already. I think I can be helpful in that respect, and give them a few cost-cutting recommendations.”
Some of Souders’ priorities as councilman would be helping with the revamping of U.S. 231 in the city and waterlines underneath, working on reducing the infiltration issues at the wastewater plant, and addressing stormwater runoff problems.
“We’ve never had a comprehensive stormwater plan,” he said. “We need to look at that a lot closer.”
Souders would like to work with city officials and staff, to the benefit of residents.
“I’ve worked with the (Huntingburg) Board of Public Works with Mayor [Denny] Spinner already,” he said, “and I know all the department heads. I think I’d have a good working relationship with them. Since I’m retired, I have the time to work with all of those guys. And I look forward to doing that.”
Souders has a daughter, Courtney, who resides in Newburgh.
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