To the Editor:
In the Sept. 17 issue, the Record Newspapers Editorial Board authored an Our View column that stated “Boulder Hill residents’ lack of civic engagement has been one of our continuing concerns.” Although I agree with the overall sentiment of the article, I challenge the stereotype that Boulder Hill residents are disengaged. It is true that none of the recent efforts to get a Boulder Hill resident elected to the County Board have been successful. But holding a high visibility position isn’t the only method to make a positive impact to Boulder Hill.
Many Boulder Hill residents are engaged at several levels of civic service through different organizations. Within just a 1-block radius of my home, there is a [District] 308 school board member, an Oswego Township trustee and two Boulder Hill Elementary School PTA officers. As a Boulder Hill resident for 19 years, I am personally honored to serve on the Kendall County Zoning Board of Appeals for the past decade with the goal of helping improving property maintenance code compliance. Countless others have stepped up to be part of the Boulder Hill Neighborhood Watch over the past few years.
Furthermore, there’s many more Boulder Hill residents serving as community Scouting leaders, active in the local churches and volunteering with charities and Oswegoland Park District events. All of these actions steadily build a healthy community for the entire area.
Lastly, thank you to the Kendall County PBZ for taking the time to disseminate zoning information to the Boulder Hill residents. Initiating constructive conversation can only improve relations and encourage increased engagement.