FONTANA — Three incumbents and a fourth candidate are running in the April 2 municipal election for three seats on the Fontana Village Board.
Board members serve two-year terms at a salary of $3,600 a year.
All three incumbents — Arvid “Pete” Petersen, Tom McGreevy and John O’Neill — said they want to see village public works projects through to completion, but also to do what they can to improve the village’s business district and keep property taxes in line.
The fourth candidate, challenger Robert Allen, a citizen member of the village board’s Protection Committee, could not be reached for comment.
“I’d like to finish the projects that we have started,” said Petersen, who weighs in with 16 years of experience on the village board, having served for a trustee for six years, then as village president for six years.
In 2015, he stepped down as village president to run as a trustee again. He was elected trustee in 2015 and again in 2017.
“I’d like to continue the improvements to our quiet end of the lake,” he said.
O’Neill, who was elected in 2017 and seeks re-election, chairs the public works committee. During his past term, he said, the village board created a public works equipment replacement fund to reduce the need to borrow for new equipment.
“We put the village on a little better financial footing,” he said.
O’Neill said he wants to see through a project on south Lake Shore Drive, slated to start this spring that will include repairing and replacing sewer and water utilities, and repaving the road.
It is a three-year project that the board approved about three months ago.
McGreevy was appointed to the board in 2009 and is completing his 10th year as a trustee.
“I’m running again because I get some satisfaction in serving in this community, taking oversight in the community in which I live and raise my family,” McGreevy said.
He said the village did a good job of dealing with storm-water issues this past summer.
“I think we’re on a positive direction with planning sewer improvements in the north and south shores,” McGreevy said.
Petersen said the village board has been on top of a number of issues over the years.
The village’s property tax rate has remained stable, even though the village is still paying off some of its tax increment financing debt, and property tax collections are on the rise.
“We’re chipping away at it,” he said.
The village electors recently approved a tax increase to pay for continuous paramedic coverage. The tax collection limit was boosted 6.9 percent, or $250,000 a year, which raised Fontana’s limit from about $3.5 million a year to $3.8 million.
“We now have Fontana rescue on 24-7,” Petersen said. “Our response time has been reduced to immediate.”
Now the village is seeing improvements on Fontana Boulevard, referring to the Perkins building project 158 Fontana Boulevard, Petersen said.
McGreevy said that the village has made two good hires in Theresa Loomer as village administrator and Kevin Day as village public works director.
“We’re proud of the work that Theresa has done,” he said. “I think we got it right with her. Our new public works director Kevin has done a fine job as well.”