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Letter to the Editor: Lisa Peterson for Alderman

Letter writer Mark Johnson offers his suggestion for a resident to replace George Gilson Jr. as Ward 1 alderman. Gilson announced his resignation Tuesday.

It’s with a sad heart that I listened to Alderman Gilson’s resignation announcement Tuesday night. George was one of us. He was a person who stood behind his principles and voted his convictions. He was also the strength behind the defeat of the landfill in Yorkville. I commend him for all he has done for our city in our behalf.

Mayor Golinski has a huge gap to fill with George’s absence. We need a person on the Council who isn’t afraid to talk about the issues from different angles. We need an open and transparent dialog as our city moves forward. We do not need George’s replacement being hand-picked by the Mayor and voting in unison with him. Although it seemed like the Council was always in a fighting mode, this conversation allowed the whole story to come out and gave each of us a better understanding of the decisions being made. That is what we need more of today in our city. I want to hear all sides of the conversation – not just one perspective.

With that said I am optimistic that the Mayor will make a wise decision for George’s replacement to fill in until the April election when the voters can decide for themselves. I believe that wise decision should be Lisa Peterson. Lisa has been a wise, research-driven ambassador for the taxpaying citizens of Yorkville. She has attended many City Council meetings and has never been afraid to voice her concerns with the direction our city has taken. I believe she will help bring another view that people can openly see to help them understand how each person will be affected.

I am sure there will be others in our city who can fill the vacancy but based on Lisa’s desire to do the required research and understand the issues from within I believe she should be given the opportunity to work for the benefit of the people of Yorkville for the remaining 8 months of this term. I hope this Council considers Lisa Peterson for Ward 1 Alderman based on her enthusiasm, common sense, and dedication to the betterment of all her constituents and all of Yorkville. We need another strong person on the Council giving a voice to a completely open and transparent government.

Mark Johnson
Yorkville area resident


Letters to the Editor should be e-mailed to Yorkville Patch Editor Jillian Duchnowski at jillian.duchnowski@patch.com. Please include your full name and a telephone number so Duchnowski can confirm the sender's identity.

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Dan July 26, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Amy Cesich!
Dock Ellis July 26, 2012 at 02:52 AM
This is a fine comment, but Mark doesn't even live in the city limits. If the city tripled their tax rate, it wouldn't impact him one bit. Why should we listen to someone who doesn't have a stake in the city. He doesn't pay city taxes.
Mark A Johnson July 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM
@ Dock Ellis, Let's just agree to disagree. I don't like defending myself to you. I'm 62 years old, lived in Yorkville my entire life, have city water and sewer so I pay my bill to the city monthly, also will be paying the additional $9/mo tax for the RobRoy fiasco, buy all my food and gas in Yorkville, and could go on and on. So let's just agree to disagree as to my "rights" concerning Yorkville...I've paid my dues to be able to speak my mind...
The Fighting Fox July 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I couldn’t disagree more with with Mr. Johnson's assessment of Ms. Peterson. The times I have been a witness to Lisa Peterson in action she has not shown a calm demeanor or a willingness to listen to others that should be standard traits when considering someone for public office, in fact she has displayed attributes that seem to be entirely the opposite. More importantly though whoever is eventually appointed to fill the vacancy in Ward 1 needs to understand that they are becoming the face of our community, the actions of our city council often are how outsiders view us, and as of late this image certainly could be better. Recently the city of Yorkville acted in a very unfriendly way towards the business that will be doing the Rt.47 construction, also the actions of some aldermen on the city council have brought us a great deal of ridicule from our neighbors because of their antics directed towards the push for the path efforts, and we can’t forget the lingering situation with the city council health insurance that continues without end. Ultimately it is the Mayor’s decision on who will fill the Ward 1 vacancy and we can only hope that his choice will do their best to return honor and dignity to our home.
Mark A Johnson July 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
For those in favor of my endorsement or for anyone else interested, here are the email addresses of the Aldermen and Mayor. Send them an email helping choose the next Alderman from Ward 1 in Yorkville. The next few months will have some critical votes and approval of levies which will greatly impact your property taxes. Here is your chance to get involved and make a difference! let them know how you feel! yorkvilleone@gmail.com, jackie2ward@sbcglobal.net, kot.ward2@yahoo.com, munnspower@aol.com, Funkhouser.ward3@gmail.com, RoseA00@aol.com, diane_teeling@yahoo.com, ggolinski@comcast.net


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