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Letter: Fagan will not be spoon-fed as alderman

To the Editor:

It’s time to end the ‘Snow job’ that residents of DeKalb’s 4th Ward have had to endure for the past four years. On April 4, voters will have a chance to make a change and gain new leadership on the City Council by voting to elect Patrick Fagan as alderman. The 4th Ward has been misrepresented and underserved by its current alderman, Robert Snow.

As an active resident who is fully engaged with issues going on in the city, I have always felt the need to maintain contact with my elected representative. However, Mr. Snow refuses to stay in contact with me when I bring forth concerns. Mr. Snow has not responded to a single email I have sent in more than two years.

He also refuses to return phone calls and fails to hold meetings with constituents. Other residents of the 4th Ward tell me the same thing.

You will recall when residents of the city were being overcharged by the city’s contracted electrical supplier for two months in 2016, I discovered the error and felt it was my duty to report it to Mr. Snow. Mr. Snow was oblivious to the error and opted not to respond or do anything to correct the error.

The only way to get resolution was for me report it to the media and directly to the public works director. Through our combined efforts, without Mr. Snow’s help, I was able to get the error corrected and to secure a refund for every DeKalb customer affected. Mr. Snow did nothing!

During Mr. Snow’s tenure on the council, he has handed out pay raises to staff, voted to raise your property tax rate four times, voted to fund several expensive studies, voted to increase executive staffing at an alarming and costly rate and voted for millions of dollars in TIF handouts to political insiders.

The good news is there is a 4th Ward candidate who offers a positive change, Patrick Fagan. Mr. Fagan has pledged to respond to all residents who reach out to him a timely manner.

Mr. Fagan has been critical of all the taxpayer money used to for endless studies the city has funded. Mr. Fagan will keep an eye on costs, conduct his own research on issues and not be solely dependent on information spoon-fed by city staff. He also will see that your elected officials, instead of city staff, are setting policy.

Mark Charvat

DeKalb

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