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December 21, 2011 | 08:13 AMJim Connors, who has served as the city's mayor since April 2010, announced last week he intends to run for a second term.
Connors said he evaluated some aspects of the position and decided he would like to serve again. That is if he can find enough people to sign his nomination papers, he said jokingly late last week.
"We have taken some positive strides forward and I want to continue that," he said.
Among the accomplishments Connors mentioned included the council voting system and the conclusion of the lawsuits between the city and developers Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and Geneva Ridge Joint Venture. He called the ending of the lawsuits, which resulted in settlements of $1.75 million and $2.1 million, good for taxpayers and the city. Both settlements were paid by the city's League of Municipalities insurance carrier and had minimal, if any, impact on the taxpayers.
Also during his first term, the Edwards Boulevard extension was completed and the new parking pay station system was approved and funded.
"I would still like to complete the TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) projects that previous councils have approved," Connors said.
He also said he would like to see the new parking pay station kiosks be installed. That's expected to occur in spring. Connors said he wants to continue Improving relations in the city, both with the people and other municipalities in the area.
He said the tone and communication at City Hall between elected officials, staff and the public have improved the past two years.
But despite the accomplishments, his decision to seek re-election didn't come without some doubts.
"The events over the course of the last six months had me going back and forth," Connors said.
Now, most of that, which included the lawsuits and the Geneva Ridge master plan amendment, is behind the council.
Connors, who is a vice president at Dalco Metals in Walworth, said the position takes up a lot of his time. He added that is just how it is if a person is going to "do the job right."
He said the city's staff is key for all elected officials. He called the staff members "competent" and able to get things done that are necessary.
About two years ago, Connors defeated Scott Storms for the mayoral seat. Connors said he does not know if anyone plans to run against him in the April election.