To The Herald-Whig:
As members of the Quincy City Council, we have the opportunity to work firsthand with Mayor Kyle Moore. During his term in office we have worked together to accomplish common goals we believe have benefited Quincy.
First, we worked with Moore to reorganize administrative roles, reform the city's health care coverage, reduce the cost of workers compensation, reduce professional services expenditures and modernize the management structure in the wastewater treatment plant. These actions have resulted in nearly $2.5 million in savings to the taxpayers.
We worked with Moore to enhance public safety by not just investing more money, but investing in smart solutions that make us safer. More sworn police officers have moved from behind the desk and onto the streets. Police cadets are getting hired earlier so they are trained and prepared to take over for a retiree when the retirement goes into effect. We supported the automatic aid agreement with the Tri-Township Fire Department that enhances fire protection to the area of town that has the longest response times. During Moore's term we worked together to invest more than $1.5 million in funding toward our public safety pensions above the state minimum.
Our constituents ask that we take care of our aging infrastructure. We have worked with Moore to be proactive in replacing aging sewers and water mains when we are repaving a street. We have worked with Moore to identify a five-year infrastructure plan for our wards. The result is that more dollars are being invested in streets, sewers and sidewalks today than four years ago.
Emergency reserves prepare a city for unforeseen financial issues like natural disasters or state funding cuts. We have worked with Moore to increase our emergency reserves from $1.2 million to $3.2 million. The additional money in our emergency reserve account helped us to absorb the $1.7 million cost of the July 2015 windstorm, without reducing services.
Finally, we all want our children to stay in Quincy and find a fulfilling career. We are encouraged by the announcements of Kohl Wholesale, ADM and Knapheide that our economy is on the rise.
We all have diverse backgrounds and represent diverse wards. We may disagree from time to time, but we are all in agreement that we support another term for Moore.
Alderman Eric Entrup (R-1)
Alderman Jeff Bergman (R-2)
Alderman Jared Holbrook (R-3)
Alderman Mike Farha (R-4)
Alderman Tony Sassen (R-4)
Alderman Mike Rein (R-5)
Alderwoman Terri Heinecke (R-7)
Alderman Jack Holtschlag (D-7)