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Eldon Frydenall: Candidate Profile

Batavia City Council Ward 5 (4-year Term)

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Batavia

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Batavia City Council Ward 5 (4-year Term)

Age: 74

Family: Wife Jo. Children and Grandchildren, Polly and Mark Clark, Joelle and Jamie Ann. Peggy and Brian Flamand, Corbin and Brianne. All Live in the Fifth Ward in Batavia.

Occupation: Owner/ Broker, Batavia Insurance Agency,Inc. Down town Batavia since 1973.

Education: Batavia High School. Attended Aurora College.

Civic involvement: Batavia Chamber of Commerce. Illinois Municipal Utility Assoc. Northern Illinois Municpal Power Agency, (Vice President). Metro West Council of Government. Boy Scouts of America(65 Years). Batavia Historical Society.

Elected offices held: Batavia Park District. Batavia City Council.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Continue the downtown streetscape as planned. Continue the financial assistance to new and current businesses.

Key Issue 2

Continue to support the Electric Utility. Support the continuation to update the infrastructure. Continue to provide dependable Electric service at competitive rates.

Key Issue 3

Continue the study of our Wastewater treatment plant. Follow thru with the implemetation.

Questions & Answers

Does the city council spend the right amount ot time and attention on downtown issues? Explain.

Yes. I believe the Staff, Boards, Committees, and Council has spent more hours on downtown issues than any other in the past several years.

How should money collected in the city's tax increment financing districts be spent? Is it time to end the TIFs?

To help pay to bring building codes into compliance. Exterior face lifts, front and rear. Improve parking lots in the TIF areas. Streetscapes. TIF has it's own expiration.

What is your view of the city's business incentive programs?

Each should be considered on its merit. I have and will continue to support good projects. Every business the council has assisted is still here.

Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest public safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.

Speed and Stop Signs have been a priorty for the 32 years I have been on the City Council. The latest, Speed on State Rt 31. The Mayor has submitted a Request to reduce the speed on Rt's 31 and 25, to the State. You will be seeing six new signalized pedestrian crosswalks in the next few years.

What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

The formation of an Economic Development Commission, with business involvement. I feel it will happen in the near future and I support it.

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