Commissioner Backgrounds


Dennis Batchelet - Commissioner
President - Horsehead Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District
    My wife Kris and I were introduced to Horsehead Lake in August of 1999 while camping near Eagle River. We bought our cottage in September of that year and have enjoyed it ever since. Our three children and their families enjoy coming to the lake for summer vacations and special occasions. 
    Both of us are retired Wisconsin public school teachers and split our time between our home in Hartford and the cottage. I taught high school history in Brookfield, WI and Kris taught first grade in Waukesha. In 2006, we moved from Waukesha, where we raised our family, to Hartford, WI. All are married, now, and we have seven grandchildren. Our eldest daughter lives with her family in nearby Slinger, WI. Our son, an electrical engineer, lives in England. Our youngest is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She does research and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes.
    Since retiring, Kris and I have done some traveling, camping and hobbies. Kris likes to spend time with friends and former colleagues. She also likes to read and complete knitting projects, especially sweaters. As for me, I read as much as I can and try to keep up with current events. I also have a woodworking shop and enjoy making furniture. I also write District newsletters and take care of Lake District business. We both swim regularly, either in Hartford or at the YMCA in Rhinelander. In August, 2016, I was elected to my fifth three-year term as President/Chair.
    I'm pleased to say my goals, set twelve years ago for Horsehead Lake, have been largely achieved:
1)  better communication between the Commissioners and the members of the district.

2)  improving the level of participation in the District.

3)  getting an up-to-date scientific lake studies so we can make a solid long-range plan to improve the lake.

4)  improving the enjoyment level of lake users and protecting the lake from invasive species.

5)  organizing and running our annual meetings in a timely way. Setting up our lake website has enabled members to learn more about current aspects of the lake in preparation for meetings.

    I know that many of our members take great pride in the lake and want to see it improved. Certainly, none of us wants the lake to deteriorate and ruin our common valuable asset. It has taken time and money to move the lake forward, but I have seen how bold and decisive members can be at meetings to improve the lake.
    If you have any issues or suggestions you would like to discuss, please contact me. Everyone has good ideas that can help improve our lake and/or District.
    Thank you for the help you have given to the District. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Dave & Kathy Averbeck - Commissioners
Interim Treasurers - Horsehead Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District

Debra Bursik - Commissioner
Secretary - Horsehead Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District

Larry Hoffman- Commissioner
Lake Tomahawk Town Board Representative

Mitchell Ives - Commissioner
Oneida County Board Representative
I'm a life-long resident of Oneida County, self-employed logger, and District 12 County Supervisor, in my 2nd year of elected office.