10/16/2012 11:34:00 AM Meyer, Brekke race in final stretch
By David Richards
They don't need to worry about campaign signs or flyers or ads.
Incumbent Bob Meyer and Matthew Brekke will be the only two Byron citycouncil candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot, exactly the number of seats open this election.
Both positions are at large, four-year terms.
Brekke has worked for Rochester Public Utilities since 2008, worked for the City of Byron from 2000 to 2005 and the City of Mantorville from 2005 to 2008.
He said his 12 years of experience working for a city, including handling water main breaks and water tower maintenance, is a good foundation for being on the council.
Brekke has lived in Byron since 2003.
"It's one of those things I've always wanted to try," Brekke said in August. "I thought it might be a chance for some new blood."
As far as important short-term projects go, Brekke said the Frontage Road is key for the town.
"We have the Frontage Road staring us in the face next year," he said. "I welcome the public input on it. It's something that needs to be done. The condition of the road speaks for itself."
As far as long term projects, Brekke said the discussion of a new community pool will be important as will focusing on growth in Byron.
"You still have to worry about the town growing as far as housing and businesses, and it's just a matter of time the economy turns around and you start to see more."
As the election gets closer, Brekke said that even though he is essentially running unopposed, it still doesn't change his approach to the race.
"You still have expectations for yourself," he said. "You still want to do a good job and do what's right for the citizens of the town. Whether you run unopposed or you run against 10 people, you still want to do your best."
Meyer is on his second stint with the council, first earning a spot from 1999 through 2002 when he lost re-election by a narrow margin.
He's was elected again in 2009 and is finishing up the final year of that term.
Meyer said experience is key because there's a learning curve when it comes to local government.
"Every year you get more experience," he said. "When you first get on, you're kind of lost, so it takes a few years."
Meyer graduated from Byron High School in 1973, joined the Air Force, then moved back to Byron in 1978.
He's the council's representative on the fire department and the park board and said he's excited about the renovation of the city's Frontage Road, which is likely to start next year.