From: Scott Kelley, Candidate for Farmer City City Council

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Scott Kelley

I am seeking a 4 year term for Council member of Farmer City.

I came on the council as a fill in for a resignation in March of 2016.

I have lived in Farmer City most of my life and I am a local business owner in Farmer City as well as sales/operations and purchasing manager at Heartland Ag Inc. for over 10 years which is also located in Farmer City. I have good and fair business practices, and I want to carry those  on to make our town a better community and help it grow.

In Nov. of 2015 I initiated the project of Area 21 South Park campgrounds. We took unused city property, cleaned up this area and made 21 camp sites for people to camp free of charge. All this was done by donations and volunteers. The tax payers paid nothing for this project which  we will continue to improve each year.

Our town has been idle for  a long time and we have not had much business growth and limited employment opportunities. I hope to have the opportunity to help our town grow.

Short term goals

I am currently working with the city manager and other council members  to try to get new businesses in town. We are currently working with Meyer Oil Company to bring their business to town in 2018, which would include a truck stop, car wash, restaurants, and possibly a motel in the future near the I-74/Rt. 54 interchange. This will help bring other business opportunities to town along with more available jobs.

Cleaning up our town is another goal I have.

We are a small community and people coming to or interested in moving to our town need to know that our town is clean and a very nice place to live. We can do this by cleaning up current property and housing  by making abandoned homes and/or surplus property livable. We have sold off surplus property to business owners to rebuild homes. It helps keep another house in town and available as a rental or a permanent home  for a resident.

Long term goals.

I would like to see us put in new water pipes to help with the rust problems we currently have and help with less underground pipe breakages we are currently experiencing.

I would like to see better streets in our town. This is a very expensive project but is needed to make our community nice and help it grow.

I would like to see more housing available in the future by adding another subdivision to town.

I would like to bring more businesses to town and help our community grow.

As a council member and tax payer of Farmer City it is my goal to make good decisions for the tax payers without  over spending,  and budgeting properly to meet the long term goals listed above.

I believe Farmer City citizens want the best for the community. I feel that most believe, we as a council are on the right track to fix our current problems and progress forward to building a better and stronger community.

By continuing to fix issues within our means, staying within our budget and making proper decisions for our great little town, I believe we can achieve this.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope that I can count on your vote on April 4th.

Sincerely,

Scott Kelley

From: J. Willard McKinley, Candidate for Farmer City City Council

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J. Willard McKinley

67 years old

Married to the former Sally Hindman for 38 years

Two children – Erin of Farmer City and Kelly of Fisher

 

Owner of McKinley Water Conditioning Incorporated, a 53 year old family business. My family has been in business in Farmer City, for 66 years.

 

I am a true native of Farmer City. My family has been in Farmer City for 179 year.

 

POSITION SEEKING:

City Councilman

 

EXPERIENCE:

Own and operate my own business

Mayor of Farmer City from May1989 to May1993

        Accomplishments during that era:

  1. New water tower going from 60,000 gal of overhead storage to 250,000 gal
  2. Annexing 200 acres of ground into city
  3. Creation of first TIF district
  4. Completion of down town streetscape project
  5. Electrical upgrade of power lines in residential and commercial areas need for 30 years
  6. Creation of professional management position

 

City councilman from May 2013 to January 2016

Alderman from May 1993 to October 1993

President Farmer City Jaycees 1975

District Manager for Kinetico Incorporated March 1996 – 1999

 

 

 

 

MOST PRESSING AND IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING FARMER CITY:

 

  1. City Hall
  2. City Hall
  3. City Hall

 

I would push to do whatever it takes to get city hall more transparent, cooperative and friendly to the citizens of Farmer City.

 

SHORT TERM GOALS (2YRS):

Push for a sidewalk improvement project. Work to re-establish a recycling program. In general, Farmer City needs to be cleaned up!

 

LONG TERM GOALS:

I plan on running for mayor in 2019.

 

ROLE OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBER:

 

A city council member should be a leader in the community and a positive force. Always looking to promote the community looking out for its businesses, its citizens and its overall  well being . During the past year there has been a lack of integrity on the part of the city hall, the city council and  professional management. This sort of behavior and lack of professionalism, promotes lack of confidence a trust within the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ROLE CITIZENS CURRENTLY PLAY IN FARMER CITY:

 

The people of Farmer City do not play a role in this community and I guess it comes down to a lack of confidence in our city government. One of the most successful events this community has had in a long time is the Heritage Days Festival in the summer of 2016. In my opinion, between the City Council and Farmer City Chamber of Commerce, there is essentially no support for this wonderful community event. When the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce, do not want to support an event like Heritage Days, this is what will cause a community to fail.  

 

 

 

CLOSING COMMENT:

 

With my experience in business and city government, I believe that I can serve the people of Farmer City well. Make our city great again! Vote for me on April 4th!

 

THANK YOU

 

Consolidated Election, April 4, 2017

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A copy of the DeWitt County Specimen Ballot for the Consolidated Election, April 4, 2017

Administrators of Farmer City Community News and Happenings distributed questionnaires to area candidates seeking election on April 4.  While not every position was contested, candidates were encouraged to submit a response in order to introduce themselves to the community. Also, each candidate was given the opportunity to include a photograph.

Following are the questionnaires sent to the candidates.

 

All Candidate responses will be posted on Wed. March 29th.

Extreme care was given to post each candidates response as submitted.

Each Candidates response will be posted individually.

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