Huntley gearing up with budget, roadwork plans
By Jeanie Mayer For Sun-Times Media October 11, 2013 11:30AM
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:37AM
HUNTLEY — The village board is gearing-up for the fiscal year 2014 budget and spent time at Thursday night’s meeting reviewing strategic plans and goals.
The workshop was the first of several to take place over the next few weeks as village staff receives guidance from the board on items such as capital improvements, debt management and transportation planning.
Among the longer range plans identified at the meeting were the widening of Kreutzer Road from Huntley-Dundee Road to Smith Drive; working with other governing agencies on traffic signal improvements at Harmony Road near Huntley High School; and improved intersection lighting at various points along Route 47.
The board will continue with its review of plans and budget items at the next workshop session/board meeting slated for Oct. 24.
In other business, Village President Charles Sass announced that ramps at the I-90/Route 47 Interchange would begin opening.
Sass opened the meeting with a proclamation recognizing October as anti-bullying month and presented a certificate to 15-year-old Camille Paddock of Huntley who has taken her experiences as one who was bullied for years and now helps other kids to end the cycle of bullying. Paddock received the certificate with her mother, Melissa Paddock, in attendance.
Melissa Paddock said that after years of suffering and repeated failed attempts to quell the bullying by school officials, Camille took steps on her own to help her situation. She started a Facebook page called Cam’s Dare to be Different in September of last year. Her stories drew the interest of many students who utilize the page as a way of sharing their pain and their stories. She now has a following of more than 2,300 people.
Her story has garnered the attention of a wide audience and she now speaks at schools in effort to help other kids who find themselves in this difficult situation.