Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mark Vicary and I live in Genoa with my wife, Chris, three children, Alyssa, Luke, and Addison and dog Max. Before becoming the Mayor of Genoa, I served as an alderman in Ward 4 for five years. I have also had the opportunity to study extensively in related fields.
- Master’s Degree in Human Resources – Penn State University
- Bachelor’s Degree in Management – National Louis University
- Associate Degree – Richard Daley College
- F.A.A. – Power plant License
- F.A.A. – Airframe License
- F.C.C. – General Radio Operators License
In proudly accepting the duties of the Mayor of Genoa, there are four main corner stones that I am focusing on:
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Public Safety
In order to promote success in our thriving community, I hold fiscal responsibility very highly. Both I and the rest of the City Staff are working harder and smarter in these tough economic times to provide the best for our community. The City Council and I continue to maintain a balanced budget and as another year passes, we have approved another balanced budget. For the tenth straight year, in April 2015, we were awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting”. This truly says something great about the dedication and hard work of our City Staff and Council.
In addition to fiscal responsibility, public safety is of extreme importance. In order to maintain safety for everyone in our community, the City Council and I are working to enhance the Police Department. Within the past year we have hired two part-time officers as well as two full-time officers. We have recently purchased a new K-9 vehicle in order to keep our streets safe. I have been pushing an increased utilization of technology within the City to communicate with our citizens such as social media, our new website and especially CodeRed. Residents can now sign up to this program, CodeRed, which directly contacts recipients in case of an emergency. This system is capable of pushing information via telephone calls, text messages, emails, and social media. Utilizing Code Red and new technology can be especially effective in the case of a natural disaster in which some residents may not have heard sirens.
As our town changes and develops, it is very important to maintain the infrastructure and sustainability of our community. I have been working closely with the Public Works department as we provide road repair and resurfacing, maintaining alleys, and snow plowing in the winter. Along with the many duties of keeping our City clean and sustained, our Public Works Department has recently been recognized with the “Best Operated Wastewater Treatment Works” award in 2013. Our community has also been awarded the “Outstanding Conservation Project” award for the efforts in their open space development as well as the stream bank stabilization project. By receiving grants, the City of Genoa has been funded for many projects as part of our Accelerated Street Improvement Program, which has allowed for resurfacing of many streets within the past couple years. As the Mayor of Genoa, it is my goal to continue these improvements and advancements to shed light on the greatness of our community.
Furthermore, I have been continuing efforts to make Genoa a business community. With the current economic state, business owners struggle to keep doors open. In Genoa, we are seeing many businesses thrive and expand. We pursue efforts in advancing economic development including but not limited to our new bakery, brewery, garden center and pharmacy. Along with these new businesses, many locations in Genoa are continuing to expand such as The Corner Grill and Prairie State Winery. These endeavors are very promising for our economic state, as well as increasing revenues for our community. I will continue to work with current business owners and even those looking for new business opportunity to increase financial stability within our community.
As a resident and the Mayor of Genoa, I have a very strong commitment to the success of our community. Both I and the rest of the City Staff want to see Genoa become a destination for both families and business and I look forward to the continued progress within our community.