By Tim Kowols
Over 100 miles round trip plus a ferry ride for his several meetings can make for a long day for Door County Board Supervisor Joel Gunnlaugsson, who has represented Washington Island over the last decade. Bad roads and trimmed down ferry schedules turn winter meetings into overnighters for the ferry captain, Townliner Motel owner, and family man. Gunnlaugsson says while technology could allow him to be more flexible by being able to video conference into meetings, it would create other problems.
Gunnlaugsson is reimbursed for the travel per statute and often tries to schedule meetings around other ones to be even more efficient when he is gone from his other jobs on the island.