As 2012 comes to an end, many people review highlights and low points of the year and perhaps make a few personal resolutions for the coming year.
The same holds true for many municipal leaders — many often review the past year and plan resolutions that have potential to give their communities a sound new year.
During a recent interview, Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino said he thinks of residents as his extended family and he wants the best for them. Therefore, he said his resolutions for 2013 will be the same since he took office — to provide a happy, healthy, and fiscally sound new year.
Does you have any regrets about 2012?
“I gotta be honest with you,” he said. “Ross (Ferraro, the former mayor,) left the village in pretty good shape.”
And Saverino said he’s continued on the same path by investing money back into the village, not buying what the village can't afford and working in every way to keep the village on the right track.
What are some accomplishments in 2012 that make you proud?
Looking back, Saverino said he’s pleased the village has attracted several new businesses to its industrial park, creating 200 to 300 jobs. “We had a lot of empty buildings,” he said.
In addition, he said he’s pleased with the successful passing of an electric aggregation program that allows residents to choose an alternative provider for electricity.
“I had many emails and phone calls,” he said regarding the new rates available for village residents. “Everyone is excited. Some are going to save a lot.”
Looking ahead, what are your goals as mayor for 2013?
Each year, Saverino has a particular resolution that will again strive toward again in 2013. “I just want to make sure we don't put a property tax on,” he said.
Another resolution is to remain as involved with the village's children as he has in the past, and he plans to continue visiting schools and interacting with the students.
“You have to start with the kids at an early age,” he said about his efforts to show them others care about them and their future.
Following a successful weight loss challenge this year with Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig, Saverino and several village employees lost a total of 185 pounds. So another resolution for next year is having a program in place that will promote a healthier life style for the residents.
“I feel great,” Saverino said. “I want to keep the village healthy and on the right track.”