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March 24, 2013

Gilbert faces challenger Davis in Ward 3

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DANVILLE —

Davis said he’d like to revisit city employee salaries if budget cuts are needed.

He said some recent salary increases have been “hefty” and the money could have been spread out elsewhere.

Retail incentives, attendance

Gilbert said he supports retail incentives for businesses to locate here. “When businesses locate here, more jobs are created and more tax dollars are spent in Danville and not taken to Champaign” he said.

Davis said he hasn’t been in the meetings and doesn’t have the full details to comment on retail incentives.

“I need more information,” Davis said.

That’s another reason he said he wants to be alderman, to keep his constituents informed.

There have been attendance issues for some aldermen in the last year.

“I have missed very few meetings in the past four years. I plan to continue to attend as many meetings as I can. I do not believe that alderman pay should be based on attendance of meetings because the work of a city alderman is not just attending meetings. The work of a city alderman is communicating and helping out citizens in our wards and our city. Although, I believe that if an alderman misses several meetings in a row he should be fined. I believe that it is OK to miss a meeting every once in a while for family emergencies, illness, and short-term job responsibilities but not for a long-term job responsibility as we have seen in recent months by a different alderman,” Gilbert said.

Davis said he has the time to serve as alderman.

He said he couldn’t comment now whether alderman pay should be based on attendance.

Gilbert adds he’s enjoyed “being honored to serve the citizens of Ward 3 for the past eight years. I hope that the citizens of Ward 3 continue to support me for one more term in office. I plan on continuing to serve them to the best of my abilities and try to make Danville a better place to live, shop and work.”

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