Plano resident David Teckenbrock was honored during the Plano City Council meeting Monday, June 10, for having served 30 years on the city’s Plan Commission-Zoning Board of Appeals.
After receiving a plaque from Mayor Bob Hausler, Teckenbrock, 68, said serving 30 years, was enough and will step down. His last five-year appointment ended this month.
He recalled the busy times before the 2008 Great Recession when development kept the commission busy, often with up to six developers waiting to have their case heard. He said Yorkville attorney Dan Kramer, who was at Monday’s meeting with a client, was in attendance at many of the earlier meetings with clients waiting to appear before the board.
He said the cooperation of everyone back then was great, but described some developers as a “little slick.”
“But that was their job. They had things to do for their clients,” he said.
“When the load got the worst I would sit back and relax and calm my mind. If you let emotions take control, you could make a wrong decision. But I think we did a good job. As I look back, it was really interesting to be a part of the city and be involved in these decisions,” he said.
To see growth come that fast had some negatives to it, but it was good for Plano, he said
Having new people in town and getting people involved is a good thing, he said.
Teckenbrock said he is hoping new, younger people will become involved in the city. He hopes they will appreciate the heritage of the city from the older people who have been making decisions such as he had been doing for 30 years.
He has seen new businesses crop up, but would like to see more industrial growth in the city.
“If you’re a bedroom community in today’s world, that’s tough to survive. We got an industrial park approved and now have some action, If we can keep things like that going, it would be beneficial to Plano,” he said.
During his time on the commission he served four mayors: Bud Johnson, Sue Nesson, Bill Roberts and Bob Hausler, the present mayor.
During his spare time, he served as president of the Plano Jaycees, president of the cemetery board for five years, and four years as trustee and eight years as clerk of the Township Board, all the while serving on the Plan and Zoning Commission.
He became a resident of Plano as a child when his family moved from Metropolis, Il. “And I’m still proud of that,” he said.
He earned his living working in a hardware store and a tool company before starting his own home repair and remodeling business more than 20 years ago.
Teckenbrock now does odd jobs for people on a part-time business, repairs antiques and helps senior citizens when they need help.
“Once the new board is settled, I’ll probably attend some meetings to see what’s going on. But if I disagree with something I’ll make my thoughts known,” he said.