Virgil Twp. Hwy. commissioner
Two candidates vie for the seat of Virgil Township highway commissioner on April 9.
Virgil Township Highway Commissioner Larry Peterson will run for re-election on April 9.
Peterson, 59, has served as highway commissioner for the past eight years. He also notched 17 years of experience working as an emergency medical technician and firefighter for the Maple Park Fire Department.
Peterson said that, as highway commissioner, it is important to maintain safe roads year-round, as well as mow ditches, remove tree and brush, and keep road signs updated and in good condition.
“As highway commissioner, it’s important to stay within the road district budget,” he said.
Peterson wants to see township tax dollars spent sensibly to improve roads. He believes he is an ideal candidate for highway commissioner because he has eight years of experience working within the road district budget to improve roads and keep township equipment updated.
If re-elected, Peterson wants to focus on upgrading the township’s gravel roads, placing new wearing surface on the township’s four subdivision roads, and continuing work on brush clearing and drainage ditch issues.
“This must be done with diligent use of taxpayer money,” he said.
Peterson said he is happy with the township’s style of government.
“It is the form of government that is closest to the people, and also the most transparent to the taxpayers,” he said.
Peter Fabrizius will challenge for the seat of Virgil Township highway commissioner on April 9.
Fabrizius, 55, is a business owner, and has served as a Virgil Township trustee for over 20 years. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, Kane County 4-H Foundation, Kane County 4-H Blue Ribbon Sale Committee, Township Officials of Kane County, Township Officials of Illinois, Kane County Farm Bureau and Maple Park Lions Club. He also volunteers with the Elburn Lions Club.
He believes a highway commissioner is responsible for construction, maintenance and repair of roads within the district, and should oversee contracts, employ labor, and purchase materials and machinery.
Fabrizius said it’s the right time in his personal life for him to commit the time and talent necessary for the responsibility of highway commissioner.
“I am a third-generation resident of Virgil Township, and I travel the roads on a daily basis. I have 20 years experience as a trustee on the Township Board, overseeing the day-to-day and short- and long-term operations of Virgil Township,” he said. “As a business owner, I also bring a strong background in both labor and maintenance management skills to this position.”
If elected, Fabrizius will focus on the condition of township roads, achieving fiscal responsibility by working within the parameters of the budget, and using a common-sense approach to the tasks at hand, as well as prioritizing projects and keeping lines of communication open to the people served.
Fabrizius said he also wants to eliminate deficit spending and make all tiers of government—national, state and local—have to be held to the same level of fiscal responsibility as township government.