By Andie King
Long-time Villa Park resident and serial volunteer Dennis Kuli was honored for his 15th year of service as city treasurer by the VP City Council at its Aug. 25 meeting.
A proclamation was presented by Mayor Diana Fascenelli on behalf of the council, and by the office of U.S. Representative Mimi Walters. Fascenelli also gifted Kuli with a kaleidoscope to add to his collection of over 100.
Kuli, retired from the aerospace industry, was the original president of the city’s community access TV, has also lent his fiscal acumen to the city’s investment advisory committee, and continues to audit accounting records of the Villa Park Community Services Foundation. He has been a popular participant in the annual Villa Park Santa Parade. Kuli’s goal, he said, “is to surpass Hal Tipton’s 20 years as city treasurer.” He graciously thanked Finance Director Michelle Danaher.
William Langstaff, a dentist who has had an office overlooking VPHS for 40 years and founder of the Villa Park High School Endowment committee, presented photos reflecting updates on the school campus. The updates include a new staff lounge provided by the PFSO, a STEM lab, new flooring in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), a mural created by student Blake Rambo, and freshly painted doors. Principal Ed Howard’s next priority, he indicated, is to update the track with synthetic surfaces. New lockers are also on the list for modernization.
The city’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committee announced that funds from a private individual will be donated for the purchase of a used police vehicle.