Seven seeking Catlin village board seats

CATLIN — Three incumbents are seeking re-election to their seats on the Catlin Village Board against four challengers — two of whom are former village officials.

Incumbents Kevin Kirk, Jim Miller and Rick Brown are seeking to retain their seats as village commissioners against former Commissioner Tom Taylor, former Police Chief Fred Reddy, and newcomers Butch Schmink and Wanda Schmidt.

Fredrick W. Reddy

Age: 67

Occupation: Retired Catlin Police Chief

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: None

What experience makes you a good candidate: Except for my military time, I have lived in Catlin all my life. I served the people of Catlin for 35 years as their chief of police, working within budgets allocated by the village board. I maintained the police office, kept records, trained the officers, managed payroll for the department, and maintained all the equipment used by the officers. I secured federal grants for the department whenever they were available to offset equipment costs.

What are the most important issues facing the village: The village needs continued growth in housing and businesses. The village should apply for grants to upgrade the water and sewer system, and to hire another full-time police officer. Upgrading the street department and the parks department, possibly with the help of grants, would also be a plus for the village.

Wanda Schmit

Age: 56

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: None

What experience makes you a good candidate: I am a people person and have a positive attitude. I am proficient in managing projects, and I understand the importance of maintaining a budget.

What are the most important issues facing the village: The economy is the biggest issue facing the municipality. There is more pressure to maintain village services with dwindling tax revenues.

Butch Schmink

Age: 69

Occupation: Retired from NACCO Material Handling

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: None

What experience makes you a good candidate: I have served on the Catin Historical Society Board for six years, and was elected board president last year. I have also served on the Catlin cemetery board for the past seven years, and I am the vice president of that board.

What are the most important issues facing the village: I think that the biggest responsibilities of the village board are its budget, and security in the Catlin schools.

Thomas W. Taylor

Age: 55

Incumbent: No

Other previous political experience: Catlin Village Board Trustee for 24 years, Catlin Township Board Trustee for six years

What experience makes you a good candidate: I am familiar with the way village government works.

What are the most important issues facing the village: Keeping the services that are currently in place is the most important issue.

Kevin M. Kirk

Age: 58

Occupation: General contractor

Incumbent: Yes; I am the commissioner of streets and public improvements.

Other political experience: Catlin village commissioner — four years as public health and safety, and nine years as streets and public improvements

What experience makes you a good candidate: My previous experience on Catlin Village Board is an asset. I have experience with setting budgets and living within that budget. I have also spent time working with village employees setting schedules and coming up with maintenance plans.

What are the most important issues facing the village: Implementing new maintenance and improvement schedules on village streets, storm water and sewer systems. New street improvements should include asphalt overlays. The village needs to continue to promote residential building.

Jim Miller

Age: 66

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent: Yes; I am the commissioner of accounts and finance and building permits.

Other political experience: Catlin village commissioner of streets and public improvements

What experience makes you a good candidate: I am on the Labor Management Council of Building Trades. I am the president of the Vermilion County Housing Authority. I am the president of the Danville Sanitary District Board. I am president of the Laborer's Retirees Council. I am experienced at being a team leader and a team player.

What are the most important issues facing the village: The main thing for the village board to do is to stay within its budget and keep taxes low. At the same time, the board needs to keep the taxes from increasing and keep improving the community, such as the roads, sewers and water lines.

Rick L. Brown

Age: 56

Occupation: Danville city inspector

Incumbent: Yes, I am the commissioner of public health and safety

Other  political experience: None

What experience makes you a good candidate: I have an extensive background in building, electrical and property maintenance codes. This is a strong asset to have when interpreting village ordinances. When addressing citizen concerns, I understand that every situation is different. I always want to be fair and practical when addressing any issue that requires attention.

What are the most important issues facing the village: Finding new sources of revenue to offset the reductions in state and federal funding that directly impact our community and schools is the most important issue.

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