I have spent 32 years on the Batavia City Council. Most of that time as chairman of the Public Utilities Committee. I believe my experience and expertise will continue to benefit the citizens of our community.
I truly think that as an alderman intimately involved with Public Utilities, power economics, the complexities of the state and federal regulations and the fast changing nature of the field that I am best able to work with the rest of the City Council and City Staff to solve the short-term issue we now have. The Council, including myself, considers this a priority. I represent the City as a member of the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency. I am familiar with the studies that have been performed by our consultant over the last year, the work and thought behind the actions we are taking to reduce our power supply, and am best positioned to take advantage of opportunities we are working to create at this very moment. Unfortunately, as a commodity and subject to competition, some our actions can’t always be as open as we would like, but I will continue to do my job for the benefit of the community. Lastly, the Council is already losing three valuable members. This is not to say that the new ones will not get up to speed as soon as possible, but in this case, I think it is valuable to maintain some consistently.
Batavia’s electric rates are absolutely in line with other communities. Changes are always hard and the last resort, but in one sense, the extent to which we remain competitive with other communities even after modest increases is a measure of how reasonable we have been able to keep rates, which at the same time, increasing our reliability to far greater levels than investor-owned utilities. I can refer you to the recent NIMPA rate study so you can see how we compare.
As an architect, I know what it takes to create exciting, attractive and economically viable projects. I am creative and have a vision for how to achieve a healthy, vibrant downtown Batavia. Having my own architectural practice for 22 years, I know the challenges of running a successful business. I know how to work cooperatively with owners, developers, contractors, consultants, community groups and code officials alike.
I have served on Batavia’s Historic Preservation Commission since its inception in 2003, serving as its chairman for five years. I chose to serve on this Commission because I believe it is important to preserve Batavia’s rich architectural history and also respect the rights of individual property owners. My goal has been to create win-win scenarios. We created and wrote all the guidelines, which are crafted to preserve our historic buildings, while also recognizing advancements in energy efficiency. We also administer the city’s façade grant program, annually allocating up to $50,000 in grant money to various applicants who wish to improve their buildings and our downtown.