Kaneville village president candidates square off
by Dave Woehrle
KANEVILLE—Two Kaneville trustees will compete for the village president position in this April’s General Election, as Patricia Hill and Rick Peck both are seeking the seat vacated by former village president Bob Rodney, who passed away in July 2012.
Peck has served as Kaneville’s interim village president the past six months, and was a village trustee for three-and-a-half years prior to that. He said his record to the community speaks for itself.
“I was nominated to serve as Interim president by our Village Board,” he said. “I feel that some of the things we have been working on the last six months have begun to gain some momentum, and I want to follow through.”
Peck said he helped save Kaneville taxpayers nearly $100,000 by negotiating a single-waste hauler service for the area. Peck also worked with the Kane County Department of Transportation to reduce speeding and other traffic issues.
“My family and I have lived here for almost nine years. We are very involved in town,” he said. “I want to continue serving Kaneville to keep it a great community.”
Peck said the main message of his campaign is to serve the community and maintain a rural and family character in Kaneville.
Hill has served as a village trustee since the incorporation of Kaneville in 2006. She said she’s running to keep Kaneville a small, quaint country town.
“We have faced many challenges as a board,” she said. “I believe I can take over the leadership Bob provided to the Village Board and make Kaneville a great little town.”
Hill said one main challenge that faces Kaneville is the proposed plan to reduce hours and funds to the local post office. Current condition of roads and subdivision cul-del-sacs are in need of repair, as well. She said the Prairie Parkway project, which is currently on hold due to lack of funds, is also a concern.
Hill said her main message for Kaneville is that she’s here for Kaneville residents.
“I will listen to the needs and wants of the residents,” she said.
Hill has served on the Kaneville Cemetery Board and the Memorial Day Committee, and is also a member of Kaneville Historical Society. During her free time, Hill volunteers and organizes local events, such as the Kaneville Fest and the village’s 175th Birthday Celebration. She also helped raise money for remodeling the local library and rejuvenating the village’s Dean Downen baseball fields.
Hill emphasized that the future of Kaneville is not synonymous with change.
“Some things just need to be preserved and maintained,” she said.
Hill said Rodney was a very meticulous man in regard to village issues. He kept himself very informed on all aspects of the village.
Peck agreed with Hill’s sentiment.
“Bob was great. He had a servant’s heart and willfully gave a lot of his own personal time to begin our Village Board. We will all miss him,” he said.
Hill and Peck also agree that procuring funds to replace downtown’s sidewalks is a priority, preferably without raising taxes to residents.
Peck is an engineering manager for a telecommunications business. Hill runs Hill’s Country Store, aka the “Purple Store,” with her husband, Cliff.