In our series (hey, we have two replies, it now counts as a series), Mayor Robb Kahl has responded to the Monona Rag’s questionnaire, answering each of our hard-hitting inquiries. As with all of this series, the answers are unedited and will go without comment. Thanks to the mayor for playing along with us.
Here you go:
Q. What is your real job?
I am Executive Director and General Counsel of Construction Business Group (a joint Labor-Management group that monitors public construction projects for compliance with various laws, enforces these laws and advocates for changes to said laws when necessary). I am also Board Chairman of Unity Bank which has two locations in western Wisconsin and 13 locations throughout Minnesota. I am President and part-owner of Generations Title Company which is based here in Monona and operates in partnership with the other owners (10 community banks) throughout Wisconsin. Finally, I am a board member and part owner of First Weber Group Insurance Services which is an insurance agency operating throughout Wisconsin. I think that is it.
Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Monona?
Q. What has been your most satisfying moment as a city official?
Seeing reconstruction of Monona Drive finally commence after a decade of planning.
Q. If you could take back one vote, what would it be – and why?
Winnequah Road – the chokers do not work and it is clear that we should have built sidewalks.
Q. If you were a super hero, who would you be?
Superman – is there any other super hero?
Q. What is your favorite Monona tradition?
4th of July Festival.
Q. Name a hidden treasure of Monona – something most people don’t know about.
My wife. Corny but true.
Q. What is the most difficult thing about being a city official?
Time demands – getting done what you want in the city while still having a life.
Q. What is the most important and challenging issue for the city of Monona right now?
Helping the Monona Grove School District find ways to fund, maintain and improve all of our community schools here in Monona.
Q. What special thing (or two) makes Monona different than other communities?
The people. It may be cliché but all the new roads, businesses and buildings don’t mean a thing without the people that make this community a special place to live.