GENEVA TOWNSHIP – Five candidates are running for four Geneva Township trustee seats in the April election.
Scott Queen is challenging incumbents Sharon Brazill, Robert Kovacs, Richard “Dick” Sharp (photo not submitted) and John Connolly.
For many of the candidates, ensuring the continued success of the Geneva Township Senior Center in Wheeler Park is a top priority.
Connolly, who has been a trustee for four years, said that’s one reason he wants to continue to serve on the board. He said his first goal with the Senior Center would be to continue providing services in what he called “one of the best programs, really, in the county.”
“I think it means a lot to a lot of people in that 55-and-older age group,” he said. “That’s an age group that sometimes gets missed in society.”
Connolly said he also hopes to find energy savings at the center by moving toward efficient lighting to cut down utility bills.
Kovacs, who has served as a trustee for four years, said if re-elected, one of his goals would be to sell a dump truck that has gone unused for the past several years. He said the truck has a plow and salter attached, and the township initially bought it as a backup in case a plowing subcontractor fell through.
He said the truck takes up a lot of storage space, and downsizing equipment might allow the township to rent a smaller, cheaper storage unit, thus saving taxpayer money.
Kovacs said he also wants to see an expansion of the senior center, which he said gets new members each month.
“This is a major responsibility, and we’re always looking to do something to make it better,” he said.
Sharp has served three terms as a township trustee and said he’s running again because there is unfinished business. He said if he’s re-elected, he hopes to promote all of the services the senior center offers, such as letting people know that there’s a counselor there every week to talk with seniors about financial and legal problems. He said there’s also someone there who gives health advice, and the center offers flu shots, computer lessons, art classes and help with filing taxes.
“I want to continue what we’re doing – continue to keep the place running economically,” he said.
Challenger Scott Queen, the only non-incumbent candidate on the ballot, could not be reached for comment. On his Kane County Chronicle Election Central questionnaire, he said one of his top priorities if elected is to increase transparency and make sure taxpayers know how the township is spending their money.
He said he would bring new ideas to the board and “vote as an individual,” representing the whole township, not just a select few.
Incumbent Brazill, who has served on the board for 12 years, also could not be reached for comment. In her Election Central questionnaire, she said her top priority if re-elected would be to continue to oversee the township’s levy, budgets and assessor and highway offices. She said she wanted to be active in the continued success of the senior center.
She said one of the board’s biggest accomplishments in the past year was not increasing the 2012 levy from the 2011 levy.