Anyone who has attended an Effingham City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month knows current Commissioner Brian Milleville will speak his mind.
The often outspoken commissioner hopes to bring his vocal brand of leadership to the council for four more years.
“I've got a knowledge of the way the city operates,” said the 38-year-old. “I was attending city council meetings for almost 10 years before I decided to run for office. Politics have always interested me.”
He touted his private-sector work experience as general manager at Comfort Suits and Baymont Inn and Suites in Mattoon. He also co-owns Take 5 Vintage.
“My experience as a general manager and a business owner helps me immensely with budgeting and prioritizing spending,” he said.
Milleville said the city has to take a look at how they distribute funds in the coming term, which was often a source of aggravation for the Effingham High School graduate over the past four years.
“We all want nice things for the city, but we can't afford them all,” said Milleville. “We have to prioritize spending.”
The son of Larry and Pat Milleville and grandson of Gertrude Winter has several issues he plans to bring to the forefront if re-elected.
“We have to address housing,” he said. “There is a two-fold problem. There is a shortage in housing, but we also need to rejuvenate some neighborhoods around town.”
Milleville pointed to a trend of Effingham spreading outward, while the middle of the city doesn’t receive adequate attention.
“The last thing I want to have happen is to become a doughnut hole city like Decatur, where people work in the city but nobody wants to live in it,” he said.