Three trustee spots open in Channahon
Jeanne Millsap For The Herald-News April 7, 2013 11:03PM
Updated: May 9, 2013 6:41AM
Five are running for three Channahon village board trustee positions this week. Trustees Sam Greco and Jerald Papesh are running for re-election with challengers Mark Scaggs, Janet Schumacher and Lawrence “Larry” Troutman. Trustee Judie Nash is not running for re-election.
Greco, a facilities director/safety manager at Joliet Area Community Hospice, has been a Channahon village trustee for 20 years. He has also served as a school board member and a township trustee and has coached Channahon Little League and Channooka Braves Football. Greco also served as a volunteer fireman for the Channahon Fire Department.
He said his goals if re-elected are to continue to work toward the development of the Route 6 and Interstate 55 corridor; to attract new commercial, retail and industrial business to the village; and to provide more services for senior citizens.
“It is my personal belief that accomplishments made are not to the credit of any one individual,” he said, “but through the efforts of the entire village board and staff.”
Jerald ‘Jerry’ M. Papesh
Papesh is a Channahon village trustee. He has been on the board for four years and is president and owner of Geotech Engineering in Joliet. He holds a license as an Illinois Professional Land Surveyor. He is also on the First Community Bank MCM board and was a member of the Joliet Breakfast Lions Club for 25 years.
“If I am re-elected to the trustee position,” Papesh said, “I will continue to hold the line on expenses to keep our tax rate the same as it has been the last four years. (I will also) continue to look for ways to save our taxpayers money the way the electric aggregation program saved us approximately 38 percent on our electric bills.”
Papesh said he will also continue to work with the village’s planning department to help promote growth by bringing in new developments.
Scaggs, owner of Scaggs Construction, is a member of St. Ann’s Church in Channahon. He said his main goals as village trustee would be to eliminate temporary utilities tax and to help secure funding for the new Route 6/Interstate 55 interchange.
Scaggs said he supports the board’s decisions to install traffic lights and the intersections of Route 6 and Bell Road and Route 6 and McKinley Woods Road, and he said he is in favor of charging for village water actually used rather than have a minimum charge.
“I disagree with the board in passing another truck stop at already congested Route 6 and I-55,” he added.
Janet L. Schumacher
Schumacher has served as Channahon village clerk since 2008, which is an elected position. She works at the Will County treasurer’s office and has a degree in education with a minor in psychology. She helped develop and is coordinator of Channahon’s peer jury juvenile justice program and is assisting in expanding the program to other communities.
Schumacher also coordinated an intramural youth basketball league and coached one of the teams. She has also taught a fine arts enrichment program for grade school students and has coordinated more than 50 volunteers in programs. She is also active in church activities.
“My goals for Channahon are to have a clear view of what we want Channahon to be and to work toward that view,” she said. “This is my hometown. I grew up here and it’s where we chose to raise our children. I appreciate Channahon, our natural resources, and our local history and I’ve always been involved in community outreach because I think it’s important to the vitality of the town.”
Lawrence W. Troutman
Troutman, a retired operating engineer with Local 150, has owned and operated a number of businesses since 1970. In one, he contracted to the major railroads, and he owned the first hardware store in Romeoville and Bolingbrook. His company is Railcon, Inc.
Troutman is completing his second four-year term as Channahon Township Supervisor. He has been a Lions Club member for 44 years. He is a two-term past member of the Will County Board and served as committee chairman of three committees there.
One of his goals if elected would be to work on the Route 6/Interstate 55 intersection.
“We are losing a great deal of motor fuel taxes by driving the truckers away,” Troutman said. “The food businesses are also losing revenue. The communications tax that was ‘mistakenly’ applied by the village council should also be removed.”
Troutman said he is proud to have been a voice in promoting the area’s senior services. The township office, he said, improved senior services through food pantry and monthly luncheons which drew about 75 people a month with the Channahon Methodist Church. He praises the work of the former township services assistant, whom he said recently resigned due to unfortunate circumstances on the township board.
Troutman said his accomplishments at the township include posting a bulletin board for the public outside his office at the township, inviting the public to the meetings, and saving $5,000 a year by putting the annual audit out for bid.
Trustee positions are held for four years. Should Schumacher win a trustee seat, Village President Joe Cook would fill the clerk position with a temporary appointment.