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Weston Board of Aldermen election, Ward 2

Updated: 2013-03-18T07:25:21Z

By KATHLEEN POINTER

Special to The Star

Incumbent Tim Hill and challengers Patrick Raney and June Kisker are competing to represent Weston’s Ward 2 on the April 2 ballot.

Both Hill and Kisker said they were concerned with the city’s aging infrastructure and said its upkeep was one of their top priorities.

Hill also said he wants to city to pursue more grants and possible bond issues.

Kisker plans to look at the organization of city government if elected.

Raney said installing more safety signs and lighting as well as improving the city’s “green” initiatives were challenges the city needs to take on.

Weston’s Ward 2, on the west side of Main Street, has two council representatives, each elected to serve two-year terms. The other is Joyce Burch.

Patrick S. Raney

Age: 42

Address: 27010 Austin Lane

Occupation: A member of the Laborers International Union of North America journeyman/skilled labor, local 264 of Kansas City

Education: Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Northwest Missouri State University

Public experience: West Platte School Board April 2009-April 2012

Stances: His priorities are city growth, attracting younger families to move to Weston, and enhancing the city’s recycling program and green projects. He’d like to see curbside recycling in Weston. He said a youth center within walking distance of the school, more affordable housing and a community pool are amenities that could help attract younger families to the city.

Tim Hill

Age: 49

Address: 18335 Pleasant View Drive

Occupation: Manager of operations at Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative

Education: Graduated from West Platte High School

Public experience: Two years as Weston Ward 2 alderman; Platte City Planning and Zoning Board from 2001-2002

Stances: His priorities are dealing with the streets and aging infrastructure replacement, maintaining a good relationship with Chamber of Commerce to increase tourism, and to keep building relationships with the two local rural water districts that purchase water from the city. He would like to pursue grants and present bond issues.

June Kisker

Age: 77

Address: 538 Prospect

Occupation: Retired; formerly a manager of flight attendants and flight attendant administration with TWA

Education: Graduated from West Platte High School

Public experience: Appointed to the Platte County Board of Adjustment in the 1980s

Stances: Her priorities are streets, sewers and water services, residential and commercial growth and the organization of city government. She wants to review the current five-year plan and update the cost and set completion priorities based on available money.

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