While Mayor Leonard Black remains a disappointment for the Village of Caseyville, there was only one incumbent re-elected in the last two election cycles. That translates to new leadership and ideas. Yes, after four years of discourse with two municipal bodies, I am happy to tell voters that absent Mayor Leonard Black, the Village of Caseyville is headed in a better direction.
In Caseyville Township, trustees responded to my concerns.
They have increased compliance to the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Board meetings are now being video recorded. Trustee Rick Donovan has indicated he would gladly post meetings on YouTube. The Senior Center has also undergone many improvements with new handicap accessible restrooms and entrance doors. There is a much needed new roof and parking lot at the Township Office on Bunkum Road. In Caseyville Township, the new board of trustees seemed to “get it” and took steps to better serve constituents. Through renewed effort, Caseyville Township has greatly improved service and transparency for constituents. Kudos to them.
Caseyville Township decided to follow the law, using township resources for things that benefit all, not just one or two politically connected law firms. While the Village of Caseyville, at the direction of Mayor Leonard Black has squandered thousands of dollars on legal fees, I have faith the new Village Board will have something to say about that now.