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May 06, 2014 | 03:00 PMWILLIAMS BAY — James Killian and David Jameson are the two new trustees to sit on the Williams Bay Village Board.
Joining them is second-term incumbent Greg Trush.
The three were unchallenged for the three seats on the board, and that’s because two long-time incumbents, John Grove, with 10 years on the board, and Don Parker, with a total of 14 years, decided not to run for re-election.
All three of the elected trustees said they want to help jump-start the village’s downtown business district.
Trush, 62, of 450 Park Lane, who was first elected in 2012, returns as chairman of the board’s streets and highway committee.
Trush has a different perspective on municipal government. He worked in the planning office in the city of Chicago for 29 years.
He said he’s looking forward to the state Department of Transportation resurfacing Geneva Street from Elkhorn Road to Theatre Road, which is also Highway 67. The work is slated to begin in 2015.
Trush said he also supports the village’s inquiry into creating a downtown tax increment finance (TIF) district. TIF districts capture all of the property taxes levied against the property value increase within the district, after the first year of their creation.
He is not an unconditional supporter of TIF districts.
“Until September of last year, I didn’t see a TIF for Williams Bay,” Trush said.
The traditional TIF district is heavily front-loaded with debt, Trush said.
However, Trush said he might support a “pay-as-you-go” TIF that would not spend beyond its means.
Vandewalle & Associates, Madison, the village’s planner, is putting the final touches on Williams Bay’s TIF study.
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The TIF fund could create loans, grants and repayments as incentives for businesses to locate within the village’s TIF district, Trush said.
“Even though Williams Bay is a great place to live, it’s a hard place to do business,” Trush said.
“I want to be sure that if we do this … it doesn’t become a financial tar baby,” he said.
Trush and his wife, Dianna, have lived in Williams Bay since 2004. They have three grown children.
Trush has a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and Master of Arts from Loyola University.
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Trush is an active member of the Williams Bay Lions Club, Williams Bay Historial Society and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He also serves as a lunchroom supervisor at the Williams Bay Elementary School.
Jameson, 113 Potawatomi Drive, and his wife, Deb, have lived in Williams Bay since 2002.
Jameson owns and operates a business software company called Windsorlink LLC.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jameson has some previous government experience as a member of the Williams Bay Harbor Commission and also served as a second alternate on the Williams Bay Board of Appeals.
This is the second time Jameson has run for trustee. In a four-way race for three seats in 2013, Jameson missed winning a board seat by six votes.
Jameson said this time, Grove, who had announced his retirement earlier, encouraged him to run again.
And, he said, he also learned Parker wasn’t planning on running.
Jameson said his goal is to attract professional and administrative businesses to the Bay’s downtown to complement its retail and restaurant businesses.
He also supports studying creating a TIF district in the village.
Jameson said he also wants to work with the state to promote rehabilitation of Highway 67.
Jameson is former treasurer of Lakeland Community Church. He is also a project volunteer for Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital.
Killian, of 91 Potawatomi Road, has lived in Williams Bay for 10 years with his wife, Roberta.
Killian, 65, is a recently-retired career health care executive. He was vice president and chief operating officer at Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, Ill.
He was the recipient of Lake County Partners’ Extra Mile Award in 2004 for outstanding contributions to economic development in Lake County and also was awarded the 2004 Developer of the Year Award from the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce.
He is a member of the United Church of Christ, Williams Bay, serving as the church’s financial secretary; he is a member of the Bayside Pointe Condominium Association, and a member of the board of directors and secretary and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a community service volunteer.
“I want to give back to my home community by utilizing my personal and business skills to work with other elected officials and community stakeholders to strengthen the overall quality of life in Williams Bay,” Killian said in a statement to the Regional News.
He served in the U.S. Navy and has a bachelor’s degree in biology from State Univeristy of New York, College of Fredonia, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the Rosolind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago.