Letter: Support For RPB Incumbents

My wife and I have been residents of the beautiful Village of Royal Palm Beach for the past 26 years.

We have been active in following the actions of Mayor Matty Mattioli and the councilmen running for re-election. Mattioli is retiring in March after more than 20 years on the board. We believe that our vote should be based on the past performance of the three councilmen running for office in Royal Palm Beach.

Fred Pinto, who is running to become the next mayor, has had many accomplishments as a councilman. We know he is very qualified for that position. He has been on the council for the past 13 years and is endorsed by Mayor Matty Mattioli, School Board Member Marcia Andrews, Port of Palm Beach Commissioner Wayne Richards, former County Commissioner Jess Santamaria, and the Professional Firefighters & Paramedics of Palm Beach County.

Jeff Hmara has been on the council for four years and has been extremely active in many areas of the village. He keeps residents updated with an e-mail on happenings and future meetings in our village. He is a member of the Florida League of Cities, a member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, a member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and a member of the Palm Beach County Water Resources Task Force.

Richard Valuntas has been on the council for six years, presently serving as vice mayor. He has been endorsed by the Firefighters & Paramedics of Palm Beach County, the Police Benevolent Association of Palm Beach County and the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.

Some of the accomplishments of the above councilmen are: no tax increase for the past 18 years; provided leadership in establishing long-term future financial stability for our village; opened Commons Park including the dog park; preparing to bring a senior housing facility to our village; fought to keep the former wastewater treatment plant site zoned residential, compatible with surrounding homes; corrected the FEMA flood maps, which helped reduce the cost of flood insurance; and saving village residents $50,000 per year by stopping improper assessments by the Indian Trail Improvement District.

These are some of the accomplishments that these three councilmen and Mayor Mattioli have done.

Based on their accomplishments for our beautiful village, we are voting for them.

George and Leah Peltzmacher, Royal Palm Beach