Kaneville Township Highway Commissioner
by Susan Oâ€™Neill
Long has been the Kaneville Township Road Commissioner for 28 years, and said he is proud of the roads in Kaneville. Challenger Koehring said he is running because he thinks things have been neglected and that there has been a lack of regular maintenance. He said he has a plan for how to start and what to fix.
The responsibilities of the highway commissioner include maintaining the roads and ditches, mowing and maintaining roadsides and culverts, making sure roads are salted and plowed in the winter, and keeping the equipment maintained.
Long said he tries to keep the roads blacktopped and in good shape. Within his budget, he said he is able to pave one mile a year. He said he has gradually been widening the roads from 18 feet to 22 feet. Kaneville also has four miles of gravel road, and Long said he keeps them well-graded.
He said he does everything himself except pave the roads. He said Kane County puts out the bids and Aurora Blacktop has been doing the work.
He said that even though it is a part-time job, he is on call 24 hours a day, if trees go down across the road or other emergencies happen. The job pays $25,000 a year.
He said he has years of experience with the job, has good communication with the Kane County Highway Department and knows most of the people in town.
Koehring said the biggest problem in the township is the standing water caused by years of silt in the ditches. He said that 90 percent of the culverts are clogged up with brush and trees growing in the main drains. He said to fix the situation would not cost that much. He said he would clean out all the ditches to get the water moving again.
He said the snow plow tears up the easements in front of people’s property and he would reseed those areas. He said his mechanical skills would allow him to maintain the equipment himself.
28 years as highway
Occupation: construction and
concrete business; black-top
for five years