Today a letter arrived from incumbent Village Trustee Ken Santowski.
Until over two years ago, Santowski was known for sending out an email each month telling what went on at Village Board meetings. I published most of them and wish he still were sending them. (Here’s one from June of 2011.)
In any event, with write-in Paul Serwatka’s vigorous campaign, Santowski has sent a mailing to area residents. You can see it below:
VOTE SANTOWSKI ON APRIL 7TH
To my Lakewood Neighbor from Kenneth M Santowski:
I have served on the Village Board of Lakewood for the past eight years. I am running for re-election to that position. During my past term, Lakewood has weathered the economic storm, kept reserves intact and achieved a AAA bond rating. With the efforts of the other board members and the village staff, we have kept Lakewood a financially healthy and responsible community.
I would like to continue to be a part of the Lakewood Village board. Why? I want to continue to keep Lakewood operating efficiently; this is my home, too. I believe I have accomplished this in my capacity as a Lakewood Trustee. I enjoy working with residents and listening to their concerns. I like meeting with builders, business owners, other city officials and village employees and listening to what they have to say.
Not all decisions are easy ones, but I believe I have taken the time to carefully examine the positive and negative impact my vote will make on the village, the environment and the residents. I vote the way I believe the residents want me to by simply asking them. While the board cannot make every resident happy all the time, I try to have professional and well thought out discussions with my fellow board members to ensure that our vote will have a positive effect upon our community.
In addition to being a Lakewood Trustee, I am the co-owner of Chicago Logistic Service, a small trucking company specializing in moving high tech medical, computer and office equipment. We also devote a part of our fleet to the windmill industry and the environment.
I am heavily involved in the recycling industry. Five years ago I began a 24 hour Styrofoam recycling program in conjunction with Lakewood that is open to all area residents (not just Lakewood) who have a desire to recycle. Two years ago I expanded the program to include the electronics recycling. With the exception of an initial investment of $2700 for a storage container (owned and paid for by the Village), these programs are provided at no cost to the residents. The programs are run completely by me. I am responsible for all labor and administrative duties. There is no involvement by Lakewood village employees.
Lakewood is actively pursuing commercial development for Route 47. If it’s not a sports complex then it will be some other viable commercial entity that will bring much needed sales tax and infrastructure fees into the Village. In order to attract any development we need to carefully negotiate with potential developers.
We need to guarantee that any development is not now, nor ever will be, a burden to the taxpayers. I am helping lay the ground work for development along Route 47 and would like to continue that work as a I would like another four years to continue working on these projects, as well as others, so I can help ensure that they will be performed in the best interests of Lakewood and its residents. I am asking you to help re-elect me on April 7th. I believe my voting record of the past eight years in Lakewood will show you that I am willing to work as hard as you need me to. Express your voice by expressing your vote and casting a ballot for Kenneth M Santowski
If you would like to get on my email list for events, votes and other happenings throughout the village or have questions about any of my recycling programs please contact me at [email protected]
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Incumbents on the ballot besides Santowski are Carl Davis and Gary Sexson.