Kendall County Election 2016: Todd Milliron, Candidate for Kendall County Board District 1
Mar 06, 2016 02:50PM
● By Steven Jack
Name: Todd Milliron
Employment: Self-employed Independent Insurance Agent and Insurance Broker for Milliron Insurance Services
Family: Married Pam, my wife, in December 1988 and it was the best decision I ever made. We have three children. Nicole, age 25, is a 2008 graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Iowa State University in 2012 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Nicole has been employed by the Boeing Company since her 2012 college graduation and lives in Seattle, Washington. Amber, age 22, my second daughter, graduated after 7 semesters from Lewis University in Romeoville in Dec. 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Amber has been on the Dean’s List (3.82 Accumulative GPA) with High Honors every semester at Lewis University while also working 30 hours a week. She has been hired by Dayton Freight Lines in Crest Hill. So we now have two kids out of the nest. C. J., my only son, is a 2015 Yorkville High School graduate and is now a freshman at Lakeland College in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He already has a job for this summer at American Built Systems in Plainfield, IL.
Education: I graduated from Kansas State University in 1986 at the age of 29 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Previously elected office: Currently Fox Township Republican Precinct #1 Committeeman, elected in 2014.
Relevant community service: I helped coach the beginning kid wrestling group for the Yorkville Wrestling Club for 8 years and still currently assist YWC when asked. I have been an active volunteer within the Yorkville School District and have watched my children grow and mature into the young adults they now are. I enjoy Blues Music and was vice president of the Yorkville Music Boosters from 2003 to 2011. My wife Pam was also the Yorkville Music Boosters treasurer from 2003 to 2011. We care about the music programs offered in Yorkville’s School District, CUSD #115, and have watched the Yorkville Music Boosters grow and the Yorkville district’s music program students excel. It has been time well invested and it is something we still support as Yorkville Music Boosters patrons each year.
What are the county’s three most important capital needs (i.e. roads, buildings) at this moment? How should they be paid for?
Kendall County Circuit Court of the 23rd Judicial District will need another courtroom soon; estimated cost for build-out is $250,000 to $300,000. We have a new judgeship which will need a new courtroom. Funding will come from Public Safety Sales Tax. Planning is being done currently for a new Public Safety Campus surveillance system with a projected cost of $3,000,000. Funding was set aside last year and will need to be allocated again in the next budget or two. The source of funding is Public Safety Sales Tax and planned rat holing within the General Fund. Last, for this year, is the Sherrill Road reconstruction from Ashley Road to O’Brien Road which is a $3,000,000- project that will be funded with Transportation Sales Tax in 2016. More long term is the $9,000,000 Orchard-Minkler-Collins Connector with $250,000 in preliminary engineering planned for 2018. This also will be funded by Transportation Sales Tax.
Do you think the County Board’s meeting times are convenient for residents to attend? Why or why not? What changes, if any, would you propose to the meetings schedule?
I am open to changing County Board meeting times and dates. I attend the County Board meetings on a frequent and regular basis. Currently it is rare to see another civilian in the County Board Citizen Gallery. From my experience, the 9:00 am third Tuesday monthly meeting tends to draw more citizen attendance and participation than the 6 pm first Tuesday of the month County Board meeting. I have found from experience that if a local government body is contemplating a decision that will have an impact on your family or your property, you will find a way to attend that important open meeting to speak out accordingly.
I think the more important question to ask is, what meeting schedule works best for all 10 County Board members who are expected and elected to show up for each meeting they are assigned to attend. If several current or new county board members have real jobs, then the meeting schedule should be adjusted as best it can to accommodate these working and employed County Board members. If that happens, other working citizens should likewise be able to attend accordingly.
Should the County Board continue its policy of paying its members per diems (or per meeting), or should they change to a straight annual salary for board members? Why or why not? Is the pay for County Board members adequate or should they be paid more, or less?
I can support the current per diem arrangement, if ALL of the forensic auditor's findings are implemented as binding County Board policy. It takes an affirmative vote of 7 board members to change KCB rules. I was the citizen who documented the abuse by a certain incumbent County Board member in District #2 seeking re-election now and made that written complaint on 4-25-2012 for the Per Diem Investigation, which led to the Forensic Auditor being assigned by Kendall States Attorney Eric Weis. What was learned from that Forensic Audit has not been completely implemented. There were 23 identified deficiencies from that audit. Many are still unaddressed. It is better than it was, but unless needed corrections are adopted, Kendall States Attorney Weis has stated on the record that it will occur again.
Currently county board members receive per diems for meetings they attend in addition to their monthly salaries. To prevent abuse of the per diem payment system, I could support eliminating the per diems in exchange for higher monthly salaries as is currently being budgeted and ONLY if each county board member is assigned the same number of committee assignments. As an example, all board members have 5 standing committee assignments and 2 to 3 special appointments each, with verifiable attendance being tracked at each meeting held. You miss two meetings per month, and then some pro-rata formula kicks in to dock a designated percentage from the absent Kendall County Board member’s monthly pay for each additional official meeting missed for that month. I believe the current amount being budgeted annually is adequate and a salary schedule can be designed to fit within that current budget line item for county board member salaries.