KANEVILLE – Two Kaneville trustees are seeking the village president position in the spring election.
Pat Hill, a trustee for six years, and Rick Peck, a trustee for nearly three years, are seeking the seat left vacant by Village President Bob Rodney, who died in July.
Peck, 40, has served as interim village president for two or three months after accepting a nomination from other trustees.
Because Rodney was elected in April, his seat is up for the November election.
Peck, an engineering manager for a telecommunications business, said nothing could prepare anyone for filling Rodney’s vacant seat because people didn’t really know how hard Rodney worked behind the scenes.
“It’s been a learning experience to see all he’s been doing,” said Peck, adding Rodney often attended other meetings and collaborated with other communities.
Hill, 48, has owned Hill’s Country Store, otherwise known as the “Purple Store,” in Kaneville with her husband, Cliff Hill, for nearly five years. Her two children, Alexa, 22, and Tyler, 16, also help out with the family business.
She said she wasn’t sure about running for the village’s top spot until a few weeks ago.
“I figured I do a lot for the community already, so I thought I’d keep it going,” she said.
Aside from serving as a trustee, Hill has volunteered with the Kaneville Township Historical Society, the Kaneville Fest and the Kaneville Township Cemetery Board.
She also does miscellaneous volunteer work, including passing out Easter baskets for Easter egg hunts around the holidays and serving food at pancake breakfasts.
“We just try to support the community as much as we can,” Hill said.
Peck said he helped start the village’s waste management program and has worked closely with the Kane County Division of Transportation to resolve speeding and traffic issues.
He hopes to continue projects that have been started, such as improving sidewalks for the village’s walkability plans.
Hill has similar plans to improve the village’s sidewalks and streets.
She wants to move forward with replacing and resurfacing projects, even if the village can afford to do only a little at a time.
Peck and Hill agree they don’t want to impose taxes on residents to complete projects.
“I want to look at grants that can help us complete things like that,” Peck said.
Peck has lived in Kaneville since 2004. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children – Ethan, 7, Ellie, 5, and Alex, 2.
Hill and her husband have lived in Kaneville for 16 years. She said they settled in the village because they loved the town and thought it would be a great place to raise children.
“It’s like a little Mayberry for us,” she said. “... There’s not too much I want to change.”