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Kaneville Village President

Two candidates will vie for the Kaneville Village President seat on April 9.

Rick Peck
Kaneville interim Village President Rick Peck will seek to make his position official on April 9.

Peck was elected to the Village Board as a trustee in 2009, and then nominated to serve as interim village president following the passing of former village president Bob Rodney in July 2012.

Peck has worked as an engineering supervisor and manager for a telecommunications manufacturing corporation the past 10 years. He holds an Associate of Arts degree from Harper College in Palatine, Ill., as well as additional education in accounting from DeVry University.

Peck said that, since taking the role of interim village president last July, he has begun to personally experience the importance of the leadership role.

“I have been a successful leader in my career, and know that I can accomplish the same as village president,” he said. “In the last four years as trustee and president, I have worked to successfully implement solutions to difficult tasks.”

Peck believes there’s a good reason why he was chosen by the board to serve as interim village present.

“I have shown from the previous three years that I am the one best suited for this job. I have always worked well with others, have trained others, been trained/mentored by others, and have led successful teams of over 70 members,” he said.

If elected, Peck’s top priorities on the board would include addressing the current condition of village sidewalks, as well as repairing village roads and planning for any future repairs.

“The (sidewalk) replacement can be quite costly, so I have been seeking local and federal grants to assist in this area,” he said. “The village will also have to contribute to this, so we will have to carefully plan based on allotted funds.”

Peck also wants to seek continuance of the Local Government Distributive Fund.

“This is a critical part to our revenue to assist us in serving our community,” he said.

In order to achieve his goals, Peck plans to continue seeking grants where possible.

“We also maintain zero debt, so we will continue to work in this aspect and to provide what our community needs,” he said.

Patricia Hill
Patricia Hill has served on the Kaneville Village Board since 2006. She’ll look to make the jump to village president on the April 9 General Election ballot.

Hill owns Hill’s Country Store (aka “The Purple Store”) in Kaneville. She served on the Kaneville Cemetery Board and Memorial Day Committee, and is currently a member of the Kaneville Historical Society. She assists in the organization of Kaneville Fest and Christmas in Kaneville, and helped raise money for the remodeling of the Kaneville Public Library.

And as if Hill wasn’t involved enough in her community, she supports the Kaneland School District, KYSO Soccer and Kaneville Baseball, and was instrumental in rejuvenating Kaneville’s Dean Downen Baseball Fields at the Kaneville Community Center.

Hill said she’s proud to serve the people of Kaneville and its surrounding communities. She also initiated the village’s Neighborhood Watch program.

“The job of village president is one that is of leadership, responsibility and for the good of the people in the town. It also involves fiscal responsibility to its citizens,” she said. “I care about the town of Kaneville and its future. I want to keep it small-town America.”

Hill said that, as someone who has served as village trustee since Kaneville was incorporated in 2006, she has been a part of the organizing and implementary stages of the village.

As an owner of a small business that is, in her words, an “integral part of the community,” she feels she is in the unique position of hearing first hand from the citizens of Kaneville what is of importance to them.

“My experience with operating the business and organizing various community events and functions has helped me to prepare to hold the position of village president,” she said.

Should she be elected village president, Hill said her top priorities would include addressing the United States Postal Service’s post plan, which has reduced the Kaneville Post Office’s operating hours.

“(I want to) stop the eventual closing of our post office and bring back regular postal hours,” she said. “I would plan to address this issue by continuing to solicit the help of our Congressman Randy Hultgren, Senator Dick Durbin, and anyone in the postal service who has any authority.”

Hill said she will also address repairs to village roads and cul-de-sacs by continuing to save money and completing them in stages as funds become available.

Sidewalk repairs are also on Hill’s agenda.

“We are currently working on applying for a grant to help pay for the sidewalks, but we still have to continue to put money aside in our yearly appropriations to someday fully fund this project,” she said.

Kaneville Post Office to reduce hours

by Dave Woehrle
KANEVILLE—An announcement calling for reduced hours at the Kaneville Post Office was made during the Kaneville Village Board meeting on Feb. 21.

The post office, located 2S101 Harter Road, officially reduced its working hours on Saturday. The office’s revised hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Village trustee Pat Hill informed the board of the United State Postal Services’ decision to move forward with hour reduction.

“For now, we’ll see reduced hours. But we’ll see what we can do to change this,” she said.

Roger Fronek, Kaneville Post Office’s officer in charge, who began working in Kaneville in March 2012, will keep his job. However, the loss of hours, he said, is a disservice to the community. Fronek on Monday noted that the mail will now be a day behind.

“People have protested, made their points, but we’re getting the short end of the stick here,” he said.

Kaneville resident and business person Joann Murdoch spent the last few months attending local meetings and writing letters to the editor in regard to the reduction in post office hours.

“I’m down there at the post office two or three times a day because I run my business from home,” she said. “Like most people, I only have a P.O. box, so I have to go in to get my mail. I’m stymied as to why they are closing, as I spend a lot of money down there.”

Kaneville residents last fall received a letter notifying them of a town meeting to discuss post office budget issues. A public forum, hosted by Huntley Postmaster Derek Strissel on Nov. 1, was held with the intention of hearing comments from residents. The comments, Murdoch said, fell on deaf ears.

“There are no reports of what we said. And I think the argument about budget cuts is artificial,” she said. “When they cut hours, the revenue will be reduced. With less revenue, they’ll cut more hours. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Kaneville Interim Village President Rick Peck said he was disappointed in the decision.

“It just feels like no one is held responsible,” he said. “We’re a small town, and our post office is a part of our identity.”

One issue Murdoch brought up was online postage. When a resident purchases postage materials online for larger packages, only 10 percent of that revenue goes to Kaneville.

“I spend $500 online a month for postage and only $50 goes to our post office here. It’s not fair,” she said.

Murdoch wrote a letter to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin expressing her postal concerns. In his response, Senator Durbin stated the USPS has reduced operating costs by $9 million over

the last three years. Durbin said the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to give the Postal Service proper resources, and that it’s on the House of Representatives to initiate proper USPS reform.

Hill said she will meet with Congressman Randy Hultgren in the coming week to work toward finding solutions for the reduced hours.

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.

Ups, downs define 2012 for Kaneville

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.”

Kaneville Board talks Post Office hours

Calls for residents to attend Nov. 1 meeting
by David Maas
KANEVILLE—Kaneville Village Board members on Oct. 18 discussed the upcoming forum that will outline the possibility of reduced hours for the Kaneville Post Office.

The forum is slated to take place at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Post Office, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville.

Due to a lack of funds, the Postal Service is looking for ways to cut costs. Village trustee Pat Hill believes the Kaneville Post Office is in the Postal Service’s financial crosshairs.

“It sounds like they aren’t going to close the Post Office, but that they may already be set on reducing the hours,” she said. “Everybody in the village uses our Post Office. It’s important that we do everything we can to keep it.”

Village Board members during the meeting stated that, while they understand the Postal Service needs to make cuts, it would be unfair to cut from Kaneville’s Post Office.

“Our Post Office is different then other local offices,” Hill said, “The rent for our post office is low—about $200 a month. It isn’t a big building.”

Aside from the low rent, Hill also cites their hours are already reduced.

“The Post Office is already open seven hours instead of the normal eight,” she said. “And they want to cut another three-to-four hours off of that.”

The board called on the help of Kaneville residents to show their support for the Post Office and attend the Nov. 1 meeting.

“Let’s make an effort to get as many people as we can to get out here and show their support,” interim Village President Rick Peck said.

Kaneville passes Kaneland IGA

by David Maas
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville Village Board on Sept. 20 discussed the proposed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Kaneland School District.

“We got a call from Assistant Superintendent Julie-Ann Fuchs,” trustee Rick Peck said. “She asked us to review the IGA now that Maple Park had passed it.”

The IGA, which will be in effect for 10 years, institutes rate tables for impact fees from development on newly annexed land within the village.

“We don’t have any big development coming into the village right now,” trustee Paul Ross said. “But anything can happen in 10 years. It’s for the schools; we should do it.”

The board unanimously agreed to pass the IGA.

“Passing the IGA is the right thing to do,” trustee Paul Flamand said. “If we have any development, that’s money the schools get.”

With Kaneville passing the IGA, Sugar Grove is the only municipality to vote against the agreement.

“It puts us on a level playing field with the other municipalities in the School District,” Peck said.

Kaneville shares sign cost with county

by David Maas
Kaneville—The Kaneville Village Board on April 21 voted to approve cost sharing with Kane County on village speed enforcement signs.

“The county will purchase two signs to put up,” Trustee Rick Peck said. “They will also purchase a spare for maintenance.

With this agreement, the village will pay the county for one sign, which will cost the villlage about $4,000.

One of the signs will be placed on Harter Road and the other on Main Street, where they will display the speed limit, as well as motorists’ current speed. The signs will also capture data, which will allow the county and village to view different traffic trends throughout the day.

The signs will come with a two-year warranty, and will be installed in the coming months.

March 5 Village notes

Kaneville gathers info
on waste haulers

Kaneville—Kaneville officials are still in the information-gathering stages of considering a contract with a waste hauler for the village.

Village Board member Rick Peck is drafting a request for proposal and obtaining some unofficial quotes from several vendors.

According to Village President Bob Rodney, Peck’s preliminary information showed a small savings for each household, but the larger, long-term savings would come in the elimination of 50 percent of current truck traffic, resulting in less wear and tear on the roads.

Kaneville contemplates snow plow contract
Kaneville—The village of Kaneville is conducting a preliminary exploration of other contractors for next year’s snow plowing. Since the incorporation of Kaneville in 2006, the village has had an intergovernmental agreement with Kaneville Township for its Road Commissioner to plow village streets.

However, after some of the more recent snow storms, the village has received several complaints from residents about the service, especially those living on cul-de-sacs.

According to Kaneville Village Board member Paul Ross, there is a 90-day cancellation clause in the agreement, so any changes would not take place until next winter. Once the scope of work has been clearly defined, the village could put the job out to bid.

“We’re just getting some preliminary numbers and defining the scope of work,” Ross said.

Book Nook Cafe seeks off-site signage
SUGAR GROVE—The Book Nook Cafe owner Janet Lagerloeff hopes to place a sign directing motorists on Route 30 to her cafe within the Sugar Grove Public Library, but village officials are concerned with the precedent it would set.

The sign would be considered off-sight commercial signage, something the village’s current signage ordinance does not allow.

Lagerloeff, who also owns The Catering Gourmets in town, opened a sit-down concession within the library when the new building opened, where patrons may buy coffee and tea, light breakfast and lunch. Lagerloeff said she wants to communicate to more people that The Book Nook Cafe is available and where it is located.

“Most towns do not allow off-site commercial signage,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said on Wednesday. “That’s why frontage on a busier road is more expensive.”

The issue will come back before the Committee of the Whole at a later date.

Kaneville Village Board

by Susan O’Neill
Two incumbents and two new candidates are running for three positions on the Kaneville Village Board. All of the candidates said they want to be involved in the decisions that will determine the future of the village of Kaneville and maintain its rural character and friendly environment.

The two incumbents said that since the incorporation of the village, they have worked to build the foundation for the village government, created ordinances as a guide for how decisions are made and conducted a census so the village receives its appropriate tax money from the state.

Incumbent Jon Behm said the board recently approved a variance to the setback requirements on a property to allow room for a water and sewer line. Incumbent Pat Hill said the result was to enable the owner to turn a poorly laid out piece of property into a productive business in town, Linear Kinetics.

Both said the key current issue in town is to fix the sidewalks so people can safely walk around town and feel more connected as a community. The village obtained a grant to help lay the groundwork for the project.

Hill said she wants to help plan for smart growth outside and near the village, and determine how the village will provide services for the new subdivision when it is built. She has started a Neighborhood Watch Program, which will provide a more uniform way for neighbors to look out for each other.

Behm said he works well with people. He said he listens to everything and weighs all the impacts, both good and bad, before he makes a decision that will affect the village. He said being a parent has helped, because government takes longer than one thinks and it takes patience.

Hill said she wants to continue to be the voice for the community, bringing people’s concerns to the board.

The two new candidates bring their own ideas for improvements to the village.

Peck said he wants to replace the sidewalks and get the culverts cleaned out and replaced to help with the drainage, without raising taxes. He said his employment background has given him good management experience, and his education has provided accounting and business knowledge that he believes would help with decision-making and reviewing financial information.

He said he likes to pitch in and work to get things done. He said he has good family morals and beliefs and will serve where he is needed.

Garifalis said he thinks property taxes are an issue and he would like to help people understand how the money is allocated and where it goes. He said he thinks the residents are paying too much in taxes, considering they are on well and septic and have no sidewalks.

He said he would work to identify state and federal grants and other funding to assist the village. He would negotiate with the utility providers, such as waste haulers and water providers, to obtain bulk rate discounts. He wants to explore ways of generating more revenue for the village, such as holding festivals and farmer’s markets in town and leasing out the baseball fields and the gymnasium.

Garifalis said he has a broad skill set that makes him a good candidate for the job. He grew up in his family’s restaurant business, and was a manager by the time he was 17 years old. He said he started his own telecom business which installs telephone support for businesses.

He said he understands how to bring business into the downtown area. He has participated as a vendor in festivals and other events, such as the Blueberry Fest in South Haven, Mich., Greektown Fest in Chicago and the Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.

Jon Behm
Birthplace: Elgin
4 years in Kaneville
Occupation: Owner, plumbing company
Education: 2 semesters at Elgin Community College, 4-year trade school
program to become licensed plumber
Community involvement: Conducted the village census at incorporation

Pat Hill

Birthplace: Naperville
14 years in Kaneville
Occupation: Hill’s Country Store owner
Education: 2 years of college, criminal law
Community involvement: Kaneville Historical Society member, Friends
of Kaneville Library, Kaneville Baseball, Kaneville fest organizer, active
St. Gall’s church member and volunteer, past involvement with 4-H
and the Kaneville Fire Department fund-raisers

Nick Garifalis
Birthplace: Downer’s Grove
5 years in Kaneville
Occupation: Telecom sales business owner
Education: High School graduate
Community involvement: Appointed chair, temporary Kaneville Zoning
Committee, two years, Main Street Committee in Lombard to create
and organize festivals and shows to increase downtown traffic and
obtain funding from state government.

Rick Peck
Birthplace: Oak Park
Five years in Kaneville
Occupation: Telecommunications engineer
Education: Associate’s Degree in general education
Community involvement: Attends monthly Village Board meetings; helps
out neighbors and serves where he is needed.