NAME: Jason Collins AGE: 36 ADDRESS: Carbon Cliff OCCUPATION: Contractor FAMILY: Wife; Lynelle, daughters, Brooke, 17, and Brianna, 7 EDUCATION: Attended Apollo/Aldrin K-8, graduate of United Township, attended Black Hawk College, University of Phoenix, finishing up with associate degree in criminal justice POLITICAL PARTY: Nonpartisan OFFICE SOUGHT: Village president PRIOR OFFICE(S): First time seeking an elected seat WHY RUNNING: I feel the village has become stagnant. The board has not progressed over the years as far as new ideas. We need a younger perspective that will lead us in the direction of progress, and the future of our children. KEY ISSUE:Carbon Cliff needs to expand. We need to offer incentives for new growth. The "Green Street projects" need to continue, as the conditions of our roads are in dire needs of replacement. I would also like to see a couple bus stops installed for people who depend on Metro Link Bus services for transportation. COMMENTS: I have been a resident for 35 years and during this time not much has changed. I ask on April 9th you vote for me. It's time that we prosper into the 21st century.
NAME: Angela L. Fauser AGE: 37 ADDRESS: Carbon Cliff OCCUPATION: Student at Western Illinois University FAMILY: Husband, Tony, three children EDUCATION: Graduated from United Township High School and Black Hawk College POLITICAL PARTY: Non-partisan OFFICE SOUGHT: Carbon Cliff village president PRIOR OFFICE: Tax increment financing board commissioner WHY RUNNING: I will make communicating with constituents a high priority and use the office of village board president to assist residents of Carbon Cliff. KEY ISSUE: Appointing a poverty task force would be my first order of business. We have an overwhelming amount of people in our municipality living in poverty. I feel a poverty task force is essential in bringing this community together by helping to determine what needs should be met and how to meet them. COMMENTS: Keep up on election information by visiting my blog at AngelaLFauser.blogspot.com
NAME: Ken Williams AGE: 57 ADDRESS: Carbon Cliff OCCUPATION: Retired, United States Postal Service FAMILY: 2 sons, 1 daughter, 3 foster sons, 17 grandchildren EDUCATION: UTHS, A.A. Black Hawk College, B.S. Northern Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Non-partisan OFFICE SOUGHT: Village president, Carbon Cliff, 28 years. PRIOR OFFICES: Village Trustee, 3 years; Carbon Cliff-Barstow Board of Education, 10 years; Black Hawk Area Special Education District Governing Board, 6 years. WHY RUNNING: I'm a lifelong resident with a strong sense of community, and a desire to give back. KEY ISSUE:Drainage is the key issue. Over the past few years the village has implemented a drainage program that has included bank stabilization of the Argillo Creek and its tributaries, implementation of Green Streets Phase I and II, and dredging and rehabilitation of the park pond. We need to continue the drainage program and implement and finish Green Streets Phase III. COMMENTS: The Village needs to continually monitor its finances, and to plan for future projects wisely. We need to prioritize road projects in all areas of the village, and continually strive to make necessary improvements to the water and sewer systems as recommended. The Village is currently conducting a well study for future improvements and expansion, and has just completed a water main extension/connection with the City of Silvis.
Carbon Cliff trustee candidates
NAME: Vernon Delles AGE: 69 ADDRESS: Rural East Moline OCCUPATION: Retired FAMILY: None listed EDUCATION: High school POLITICAL PARTY: Independent OFFICE SOUGHT: Carbon Cliff village trustee PRIOR OFFICE: None KEY ISSUE: I think the village needs a change. The trustees need to get out and meet the people more often than they do, so people know who they are. The streets need more repairs and the village needs to find out what the people want the village to do to make it a better place to live and we need better police protection than we have.
NAME: Leevon Harris AGE: 46 ADDRESS:Carbon Cliff OCCUPATION:Development & Outreach Specialist FAMILY:Two sons EDUCATION: Graduate UTHS, A.A. Degree, Black Hawk College POLITICAL PARTY:Nonpartisan OFFICE SOUGHT: Carbon Cliff Village Trustee, two-year term PRIOR OFFICE: Carbon Cliff Barstow Board of Education, two years WHY RUNNING: I want to give back, and be an active member of the Carbon Cliff community. I'm proud of the improvements the community has made in the past five years, and I want to ensure that the Village continues to make improvements to its infrastructure such as streets, and the utility systems. KEY ISSUE: Completion of the village's permeable paver streets project. This project has made great improvements to the downtown drainage issues, and has greatly improved the curb appeal of the downtown area. COMMENTS: I want to work with the newly elected trustees, and the residents to continue to improve the village, to keep the budgets balanced, and the taxes reasonable.
NAME: Mike Bragg AGE: 58 ADDRESS: Silvis OCCUPATION: Retired from John Deere NA-PDC FAMILY: Wife Pam, 3 children, 32, 31, and 28, and 4 grandchildren, ages 3-7 EDUCATION: 1973 graduate of United Township High School POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Village of Carbon Cliff trustee PRIOR OFFICE: 17-year member of the Board of Education of Carbon Cliff-Barstow School District WHY RUNNING: This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the community I have lived in for over 30 years. KEY ISSUE: I believe that as a village we need to do what is necessary to not just maintain where we are, but work diligently to improve. We need to be aware that everyone is a shareholder in our future. To do this we need to engage in open and honest communications. COMMENTS: Being a trustee would be a challenge that I would look forward to. I realize that there is much to be learned, but am eager. I have the experience of 17 years served as a school board member which would provide a solid base in taking on the role of trustee. In addition, I served a number of years in leadership in a UAW local which taught me the importance of listening, asking the right questions and making educated decisions.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.