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What makes a good village mayor or trustee candidate?

Editor:

On March 18, the village will hold elections to select a mayor and two trustees, to fill the expiring trustee seats. This year, the voters will have a choice for each position. Based on my experience working with these two candidates, during my recent term on the board, I strongly support the re-election of Bill Krebs for mayor and Terry Skelton for trustee.

Bill Krebs started his public service career many years ago, on the planning board. This is the perfect venue for learning about municipal law and the village code, as related to land development and related issues, all while serving the community. From there, he was elected to the village board of trustees, where he gained further insight in village government and governance. As mayor, Bill makes full use of this accumulated knowledge and experience to oversee village operations.

Terry Skelton began his community involvement with his work in the SYI program and organized sports programs benefiting the children. Over the past four years, he has maintained that enthusiasm and dedication, while serving on the board of trustees.

Under Billís leadership, and with support from the board and administrators, the village is well-organized and well-managed. Services that we are accustomed to continue without disruption. Public safety is maintained, through our police department, fire company, village court and the control center responsible for dispatching emergency 911 calls.

Past, current and future projects being considered continue to support revitalization of the downtown business district and economic development in general, as well as enhance the quality of life for the residents. Strict adherence to annual budgets that fund these activities has kept the village fiscally sound. When considered in total, these services, which are the primary function of village government, combine to form a smooth running, clean and safe village, one we can all be proud of.

Operating a village is a complex task. Board members and the mayor must be familiar with the laws, regulations, codes, policies, procedures, contracts, etc, as they apply to Springville.

To be an effective trustee, candidates should establish a basic level of knowledge in these areas, by participation in business or civic organizations or sitting on the planning board, zoning board of appeals or historic preservation committee.

To be an effective mayor, candidates should serve at least one term on the board of trustees. Both Bill Krebs and Terry Skelton meet these criteria. Given their extended knowledge, experience and continued enthusiasm, the village will be well-served by their re-election.

Jim Bentley
Springville
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