By Annette Aubinger
ASHWAUBENON – Tony Frigo, past Ashwaubenon village president who began his term in 1981 and remained Village president for 10 years passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Frigo had a business background. He was the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for their family business until it was sold – Frigo Cheese. He brought that experience to the village of Ashwaubenon where he left his mark.
During his years as village president, Frigo’s progressive leadership was instrumental in attracting industrial, commercial and residential development.
After two terms of Frigo’s administration, Ashwaubenon saw $87 million in new growth.
Cormier School was converted to a civic center and village office and part of that building was leased for over $487,000 over the next 10 years.
There was a construction of a new water tower to better serve Ashwaubenon Water and Sewer Utility customers. There was a profitable operation of the Water and Sewer Utility.
Another major accomplishment during his term was the creation of residential development called Woodmont Estates, and a business park called Park Place. Woodmont Estates residential development today is known as Park Place.
Frigo believed in the high quality of life, while achieving a low tax rate.
He believed in economic development in the village which led to the school district receiving $3 million in extra revenue in 1991.
Past village president and former trustee Jerry Menne recollected that Frigo wanted to give back to the community.
He said he was a gentle man who was concerned for the citizens of the village.
“He led the village successfully. He was a responsible person with tax dollars and kept the village growing. The village was financially stable because of the industrial, residential and commercial growth during his terms,” Menne said.
Menne said Frigo was a devoted family man in the community and outside of the community he was respected for his knowledge and served as past president of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities.
Rae (Yakel) Wetzel was Frigo’s secretary. She worked for him his full term.
“He was a good man to work for – very kind and generous. There are a lot of good memories from that time,” she said.
Village President Mary Kardoskee was not a public official when Frigo was in office.
She said Frigo was very instrumental during his 10 years in moving the village forward.
“He did a great job representing the people and we are very appreciative today of his work,” Kardoskee said.
Kardoskee said there will be a proclamation from the village at his visitation Saturday, Dec. 16.
At the next village board meeting the proclamation will be read to honor Frigo.