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Opinion

Letter: A vote for leadership

To the Editor:

We support the re-election of Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. Years ago, under different leadership, it was difficult to attend a Geneva City Council meeting and discuss any issue civilly. City Hall was a hostile environment. It did not matter if conversations were with aldermen, city staff or citizens. There was a total lack of respect for different points of view or how to resolve pending issues. Consequently, nothing constructive gets done in an atmosphere like this.

Since Mayor Burns has been our mayor, he has set a precedent for civil, respectful discourse during council meetings. People don't always agree, but they are able to dialogue in a way that opens minds to different points of view and leads to positive resolve of issues and teamwork.

Under his leadership, he has also implemented a citizen survey online at www.geneva.il.us. (Click on "What's new in Geneva?") This is another opportunity for citizens to give input on various aspects of our community.

The recent staffing analysis by managing consulting firm Voorhees Associates reports that Geneva is well managed. This report also found we are more efficient with fewer employees while maintaining high quality services for Geneva. Karl Nollenberger, who did a recent presentation, said: “Geneva has one of the best, outstanding planning and goal-setting processes that I’ve seen in a city government organization. The leadership does an outstanding job here.” Bravo to Mayor Burns, city staff and alder-people, especially in these challenging times.

Sikich Consulting Firm is also helping us update our strategic plan through various focus groups. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Geneva City Hall all Geneva citizens are invited to participate in another focus group to give valuable input.

Our mayor, city staff and aldermen promote and encourage all of these processes for us to evaluate all aspects of our community and become the best we can be. These opportunities promote and encourage us to do better and move forward in all areas that impact our community.

A vote for Mayor Burns is a vote for servant leadership, advocacy, accessibility, community teamwork and fiscal responsibility while maintaining a high quality of services. We are voting for a mayor who works well in concert with city staff, our aldermen, citizens and those in other communities.

John and Mary Lu O'Halloran

Geneva

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