SYCAMORE – Sycamore aldermen will consider appointing Curtis Lang as the First Ward alderman today.
Lang, 64, is a former owner of Courtview Family Dentistry on State Street in downtown Sycamore. He retired from running the 37-year-old dentistry business last year, when it was known as Courtview Dental Center.
Lang said he wanted to be an alderman to give back to a city he’s been living in since 1985.
“I’m local and I’ve been here for many years,” Lang said. “My kids have graduated from the schools and I have a business here so I have familiarity with the people of Sycamore.”
One of the requirements of being a First Ward alderman is living in the ward on the city’s east side for at least a year. Lang has lived there since he moved to the area from Cortland. He also has been active with Sycamore School District 427 and local churches.
Lang was a board member for District 427 between 1988 and 1999, serving as its president in 1992. During that time, he helped with the expansion of Sycamore Middle School and the purchase of land for South Prairie Elementary School, he said.
Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said Lang is widely known throughout Sycamore and most people would recognize his name. Lang is invested in giving back to the community, he said.
Mundy had 60 days to select a candidate to fill in the seat after former First Ward Alderman Gary Waight resigned July 15 to spend more time with his family in DuPage County. The next alderman would complete his term, which expires in April 2015.
Mundy said about five candidates applied for the position. To be an alderman, a candidate must be qualified to vote in Sycamore and not have tax debt or owe money to the city. They must also not have any felony convictions. The position pays $400 a month.
Aldermen must represent the ward they serve and be responsive to the residents living in it, Mundy said.
“I have confidence [Lang] will be able to do that very well,” Mundy said.
Lang, a graduate of the University of Utah and Northwestern University, said he’s familiar with the issues affecting the First Ward, which is considered the oldest area in the city. He says the streets are improving every year with city expansion of street services.
If you go
What: City Council meeting
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: 308 W. State St. in Sycamore