by Keith Beebe
KANEVILLE—The year 2012 was a bittersweet one for the Kaneville Village Board.
Despite accomplishing several road improvements and operating debt-free as a village last year, the board’s successes were overshadowed by the loss of Kaneville Village President Bob Rodney to cancer on July 20.
“He was our first elected leader who has formed our local government body to where it is today,” said Interim Village President Rick Peck. “He will be deeply missed by his family and our community.”
Rodney relocated from Bolingbrook, Ill., to Kaneville in 2003, and was named Village President in 2007. Village residents and family members last August stated that Rodney would be remembered for his role in incorporating the village of Kaneville, for serving as its first village president and for his devotion to his family.
Kaneville resident Pat Hill last August said that Rodney was the most thorough person she has ever known.
“We’ll miss his knowledge and his input on things (on the board),” she said.
On a positive note, the Village Board appointed two new members in 2012: Village Clerk Denise Harris and trustee Nick Garifalis. Other village accomplishments in 2012 included the completion of culvert repair work at very little cost to the village and no cost to residents.
“We completed some road repairs that will hopefully give us some more years of use before any major replacements may be needed,” Peck said.
According to Peck, Kaneville will continue to contract with the Kane County Sheriff for patrols.
“Having them, along with the radar signs, has really made a big difference. We are thankful for the partnership with KDOT and the Sherriff,” Peck said.
As for village plans regarding 2013, Peck said the board intends to replace existing sidewalks—many of which are in complete disrepair.
“We are in the beginning steps of this, and we will have to evaluate how to proceed once all the financials have been determined,” Peck said. “This was an important part of our Comprehensive Plan, and we need to continue forward with this. We will continue to look for ways to imporve our community while retaining our rural character.”