I am proud to be a member of the Batavia City Council. Many years ago I was on the Plan Commission in North Aurora and became more interested in local government. 8 years ago I moved to Batavia with my wife and two children who are now 15 and 12. I was thinking of getting back into local government shortly after moving into our home on Batavia Avenue last year. I then learned of the soon to be vacant seat in my Ward. Although I wasn't planning on getting that involved, I decided to pursue it after conversations with my wife and friends. I am fortunate to be able to live and work in Batavia and I have enjoyed raising my children here at our fantastic schools.
There is so much to love about Batavia and I want to do what I can to help make it a community we can all be proud of for many generations to come. The most important projects to me are those you may not see on a day to day basis. These include storm water, sewer, and electrical improvements and the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Wisely spending in these infrastructure areas will ensure homeowners and businesses are impacted less by major events such as large rainfall and power outages.
Another important project for me is the North Batavia Dam by the Challenge factory. On many weekends over the summer and fall you may see me kayaking on the Fox River and many mornings I run on the paths on both sides of the river. Having a river in town adds to the social and recreational opportunities for our citizens. The Depot Pond is also a unique and historic part of Batavia that needs to be saved. We need to do what we can to preserve the pond and be environmentally responsible when it comes to dam.
As I am learning my new responsibilities I am also learning just how expensive running a city is. Everything I mention above costs a lot of money and we have to be conscientious in how we spend taxpayer money. It is my taxes as well and I will do my best to ensure we are fiscally conservative.