Highway Commissioner, Nunda Township Road District
Married, Donna Kopsell
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I am the current Highway Commissioner of Nunda Township. In 1988 started as a road worker and in 1989 Ed Dvorak made me road foreman. I learned the job from the ground up working on the roads and giving direction to other employees. In 1997 I was elected Highway Commissioner and in 2007 appointed to the Township Officials of Illinois as a board member. My 25 years of working at the township is the best experience anyone could have.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
To maintain the traditional high standard of maintenance on all Township roads without increasing taxes. Nunda was the first Township in the county to upgrade all of its signs to federal standards.Continue to explore ways to cut the budget and maintain current services.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Yes we have already done that.This years tax levy was not increased from the previous year. Nunda was one of the first local governments to lower the salaries of the elected officals.
What one decision by the township board do you most disagree with and why?
The road district had to go to court to recover funds which had been inappropriately moved from the construction fund to the Town fund. The board was improperly instructed by the supervisor they did not have the authority to fix the problem. With the new supervisor in place steps have been taken to correct the problem.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The Township money and the Road Districts money were all in one checking account and not properly collateralized. I had ask the supervisor on several occasions to have separate checking accounts for the road district funds. The board put enough pressure on the supervisor to separate the funds and have the money properly insured. The board did a great job.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I have a history of knowing the job from my 25 years experience with the Township and the desire to continue the high standards that have been put in place. I look forward to working with trustees Ed Dvorak, Tom Palmer, Mike Shorten, Ed Gil and the new supervisor.