Two candidates on April 9 will challenge for the position of Kaneville Township highway commissioner.
Kaneville Township Highway Commissioner Dennis Long will seek re-election on April 9.
Long, 70, is a Kaneland High School graduate and a farmer, and is a member of Kaneville United Methodist Church.
He defines the role of highway commissioner as maintaining and repairing township roads and bridges and keeping them clear of snow and ice, as well as mowing ditches and keeping them free of debris.
“I have lived in Kaneville my whole life, and I care about the township,” he said. “My qualifications make me the best candidate (for the position).”
Long has years of experience with the position, and he’s self-employed, which he said allows him to fully commit to serving as highway commissioner.
If re-elected, his top priorities for the township would include road work in the Pineview and Kaneland Estates subdivisions (specifically blacktop seal), roof improvements on township buildings to preserve machinery, and an update of the surface on Schrader Road.
Long wants to seal as many roads as possible to “preserve them from moisture.”
“Kaneville Township’s tax money only allows for one-half mile of new blacktopped roads per year,” he said.
Long’s ultimate goal for the township is to limit the amount of weight allowed on roads in order to prevent destruction.
Kaneville Township highway commissioner candidate Dale Pierson, 57, is the definition of a local guy. He graduated from Kaneland High School, received an associate degree in ag mechanics from Kishwaukee Community College, and serves on the Kaneville Plan Commission.
Pierson is a retired Kaneville firefighter, and has also served on the village’s Memorial Day Committee, and as a cemetery trustee.
He defines the role of highway commissioner as “overseeing and maintaining roads in the township,” and said he’s always had a desire to help the community.
“I can fulfill all the duties as required,” he said.
If elected to the position, Pierson’s top priorities for the township would include snowplowing and salting to keep township roads safe and clear, maintaining roads and mowing ditches on a timely basis, and working with other highway departments to help keep costs down.
He plans on achieving his goals by working with the township board on cost-effective measures. He defines his ultimate goal as finding “better cooperation between Kaneville’s village and township on highway issues.”