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Being a “Public Servant” has been an honor and great experience to represent the citizens of Edwardsville as a Councilman. This opportunity has been about paying it forward to make a difference in our community using my skills, talents and presence to serve in a selfless way. I have several people to thank including current and previous City Councilmembers, Planning Commissioners and other advisory board members, the Mayor, several great staff in all City departments and many citizens that asked questions, offered feedback or simply expressed care about our community by showing up. I also owe a great deal of thanks to my family (Rebecca, Rachel and Jared) for supporting my ministry of service by their understanding of my absences from family activities or other events at times. My time will be filled making a difference in new ways going forward and they are helping provide many new ideas.
Reflecting on what we have been able to accomplish over the last four plus years has given me peace that I am leaving office at the end of December with Edwardsville being in a better place now than where we were in 2013. During my time in office, together we have:
Honestly, I could keep going as it has been a great four plus years in Edwardsville.
Our City’s work continues beyond elections. The next council will be challenged to meet the needs of our community and work collaboratively with staff and citizens on many items such as:
The good news is that City revenues are on the rise, good operational budget planning has served us well, long term debt is retiring in the near future, smart development agreements and excellent leadership from city staff set the new council and our citizens up for great things to come without the city needing to raise property tax rates. We have a good story to tell in Edwardsville and need to welcome and encourage more involvement from our citizens in order to continue reaching new heights and for the community to have hope for continual improvements like these.
Helping set Edwardsville apart and making it the jewel of Wyandotte County - the place where people want to live and businesses want to operate has been an honor.
Thank you again for allowing me to be your Councilman and I offer my continued prayers and support for Edwardsville.
Jason Gillam, Edwardsville City Council