Victory!

Hello Everyone,

The results of the election are in:

VILLAGE OF CARPENTERSVILLE FOR TRUSTEE 4 YEAR-TERM
(Vote for 3)

Votes % of Votes

Virginia J. Stephens (Independent) 312 55.61%
Kevin Rehberg (Independent) 356 63.46%
Patricia A. Schultz (Independent) 356 63.46%
Kent W. Baldwin (Independent) 191 34.05%
Bryan Moore (Independent) 231 41.18%

I’d like to thank everyone who helped make this possible, especially my wife and biggest supporter.  Now the real work begins – implementing positive changes and improvements.  I’m excited to have a full four year term to help guide long term projects and allocation of the community’s resources and tax dollars.

To those of you who voted, either for me or against me, thank you for taking the time out of your day to make your voice heard.  Turnout was way too low (only 561 total votes cast, approx 3% turnout) but I knew that going in and designed a campaign around it, hopefully making it easier for busy residents to understand exactly what I support and why I support it.

The next four years will be challenging in the best way possible.  Please continue to visit this website as I plan on keeping it current with entries on upcoming Village issues, board votes as well as my customary board meeting recaps.

Thanks again everyone!

Kevin

Newspaper Article on Candidates

Hi Everyone,

As part of their election coverage, the Daily Herald contacted the five candidates for Carpentersville Village Trustee to ask us about how we would go about the business of cutting costs.

The article also contains links to all of the candidate profiles.  It can be found here:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130329/news/703299721/?interstitial=1

This provides some valuable insight for Carpentersville residents as everyone prepares to make their decisions for the upcoming April 9th election.

Board Meeting Recap – March 20, 2013

Hello All,

With the lion’s share of staff time being devoted to finalizing next fiscal year’s budget, we had another light agenda for the board meeting.  I expect the agendas to start picking up again at the next meeting (April 2nd) when the FY 2014 budget will be discussed and voted on.

No new business was introduced this time, however we did have some interesting items on the consent agenda.  First was a final ordinance Read more of this post

Endorsed by the Daily Herald

Hello Everyone,

I have been endorsed by the Daily Herald.  I am happy to see that the Herald agrees with my emphasis on tax relief for residents and positive vision for the future of Carpentersville.

The article can be found here:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130313/discuss/703139951/?interstitial=1

I also agree with the Herald’s other two endorsements: Patricia Schultz and Virginia Stevens.  I am currently serving on the Village Board with Pat.  Her and I were the only two board members to vote against the latest property tax increase.  She is also extremely involved in beautifying the village with her work on the Parks commission.

Similarly, Virginia is also heavily involved in making the village a better place.  She has served on the Parks commission for several years now and up until a couple weeks ago, was the only resident consistently attending both Board and Audit & Finance meetings.

One other qualified candidate, Bryan Moore, has management experience and appears to be interested in improving the village.  I haven’t personally had much interaction with Bryan so I can’t extend an endorsement of him at this time.  Voters will have some quality choices for this election, although I still wish there were more candidates running for the village board.  Competition brings out the best in everyone and can only benefit the village.

Audit & Finance Meeting Recap – March 7, 2013

Hello Everyone,

Budget season is in full gear, and this 5+ hour meeting was certainly proof of that.  This meeting featured the budget presentation from Public Works Director Bob Cole.  He spent hours outlining all of the previous year’s achievements, goals for the upcoming year as well as the new budget requests which ran the spectrum from personnel and playground equipment to new sludge presses for the wastewater treatment facility.

I single out those two items among the dozens that were discussed for good reason.  One is to Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – March 5, 2013

Hello All,

With upwards of 10″s of snow, the weather did not cooperate with the most recent village board meeting.  As a result, our only presentation on the agenda, by the mountain biking group CAMBr, was postponed.  Mike Angus was slated to give us an update on the Raceway Woods mountain bike trail enhancement, which his group has developed as a 100% volunteer project.

Besides that, we had some great news coming from the consent agenda.  The new owners of the Read more of this post

Audit & Finance Meeting Recap – February 21, 2013

Hi All,

Budget season is well underway.  This meeting of the Audit & Finance committee included budget presentations by both Police and Fire departments.  For those who are unfamiliar with how the village budget is constructed – the A&F committee hears Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – February 19, 2013

Hi All,

It may have looked like a light agenda, but it was an important one to me.  One of my goals for my short 6 month term has been achieved as the board voted to allow a major upgrade in government transparency.  Thanks in large part to the hard work of Kevin Goethals, the village’s director of Information Technology, Carpentersville is now authorized to Read more of this post

Permit Process Improvements

Hi All,

I spoke with a local small business owner last week and asked her to rate the service she has received from the village thus far.  She said it was excellent and that Community Development was extremely helpful with her and she gave them high marks across the board, especially for being proactive.

She did note one issue, however, and it had to do with the village permit process for allowing sidewalk sales.  This business owner, like many others, enjoys conducting sidewalk sales during periods of nice weather.  The issue is that Read more of this post

Audit & Finance Committee Meeting Recap – February 13, 2013

Hi Everyone,

It is budget season for the Village, which means the Audit & Finance meetings carry extra importance as all of the departments give presentations regarding the status of projects/initiatives from the previous fiscal year, the upcoming fiscal year as well as discuss the items and projects they would like to add to the existing budget.

Although not a voting member of the Audit & Finance Committee (soon, I hope), I do Read more of this post