Wesley Chapel Town Council Candidate – John Grexa

Editor’s note:After deadline, Mr. Grexa sent in some more information, such as his bio, etc. to include online

My name is John Grexa and I am running for the Wesley Chapel Village Council. As we draw ever closer to Election Day Nov. 8, I thought I would take an opportunity to share with you what I stand for.

Who am I:

I made Wesley Chapel my Home in August of 2004. I reside here with my wife of 21 years, Donna, and my two daughters, Jacqueline, a junior, and Danielle, a freshman at Weddington High School.

After serving as a New York City Police Officer for five years, I went back to college and graduated from Mercy College Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education. On a new path as an educator, I began teaching 8th Grade Social Studies and coaching Volleyball, Girls Basketball, and Boys Lacrosse. I also took on roles as a Student Council Advisor, Team Leader and Department Chair. It was during this time that I also completed my Master’s Degree with Distinction in Instructional Technology.

Upon moving to Wesley Chapel, I began my teaching career in Union County at Forest Hills High School. While there, I began working on my Add-On in School Leadership and in March of 2007, began working at Sun Valley Middle School as an Assistant Principal; first in the role of 7th Grade Administrator and currently as 8th Grade Administrator.

Some thoughts:

Recently, I received a hand out from two candidates touting what they did on the Wesley Chapel Master Plan Committee in 2006 to 2007, and I thank the ladies for their service.  However, it is important for the residents of Wesley Chapel to know that the master plan has never been adopted!  As a member of the Village Planning Board for the past five years, I see this as a pivotal time to be on council. With the town hall on the drawing board and moving ahead, the town center continuing to be developed, Dogwood Park entering its construction phase, efforts to contract a deputy, and discussion about the Carolina Thread Trail being routed through the village, It is imperative that we elect candidates that support  these initiative in a fiscally responsible manner.  I don’t support just one of these initiatives but promise to see each of these projects through to completion on budget and without having to raise taxes.

I know as a council member I will be instrumental in being the voice of the people.  If elected, I will hear and listen to the concerns and wishes of the citizens of Wesley Chapel. I also feel it’s important to ensure that the rural flavor of our community is preserved even with growth.  I believe we need to continue to strengthen the feeling of pride and sense of community here in Wesley Chapel, maintain and increase the property values of homes in the village, and to work together to make this the very best possible place to live and raise a family.  With your support I can make this a reality.

Why am I running? As a current member of the Village Planning Board, I see this as a pivotal time to be on Council. With the Town Hall on the drawing board and moving ahead, the Town Center continuing to be developed, Dogwood Park entering its construction phase, and discussion about the Carolina Thread Trail being routed through the Village, I know as a Council member I will be instrumental in being the voice of the people. If elected, I will hear and listen to the concerns and wishes of the citizens of Wesley Chapel and will work to reflect them through my actions.

I also think it’s important to be on council to ensure that the rural flavor of our community is preserved even with growth. I believe we need to continue to strengthen the feeling of pride and sense of community here in Wesley Chapel, to maintain and increase the property values of homes in the Village, and to work together to make this the very best possible place to live and raise a family. This can be achieved through focus on the Village’s identity and by promoting the assets of the Village to those looking to move here and invest in our town.

What do you hope to accomplish?

1. Create a community meeting space through enhancements to the green areas of our six acres that encourages gathering opportunities as originally proposed years ago.

2. Ensure that the Town Hall is used to benefit all the citizens of Wesley Chapel. I feel the Town Hall will further instill a sense of pride and legitimacy in our community once completed and operational.

3. Focus on the continued safety of our Village residents by supporting the efforts to contract a deputy and evaluate and secure EMS in Wesley Chapel.

4. Work to complete Phase I of Dogwood Park, to promote a place of enjoyment for our community, within the budget constraints set forth in the five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

5. Work closely with Council Members and the Developers of the Town Center to ensure that it will supply the maximum benefit to the residents of Wesley Chapel, now and as it continues through to completion.

6. Being fiscally responsible and ensure that all the current projects and initiatives the Village is pursuing are completed at their allotted budgets, without raising taxes.

7. To strengthen the feeling of pride and community of the citizens of Wesley Chapel, to maintain and increase the property values of homes in the Village and to work together to make this the very best possible place to live and raise a family.

8. To retain the rural flavor of our community, through growth, and to make decisions that will have the greatest possible positive impact on the citizens of Wesley Chapel now and for the future.

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2 Responses

  1. Instead of telling us what he stands for, he starts by degrading volunteers, which conveys intelligence. This is why normal people like me to not volunteer for Wesley Chapel, which is really sad for our community. First, Mr. Grexa has the dates incorrect. The Master Plan Committee worked until May of 2008, not 2007. Second, Mr. Grexa points out with exclamation that the Master Plan was not adopted in its entirety, which is absolutely irrelevant. The Master Plan Committee members worked for years to complete the project that the Mayor and Council members tasked them to do. A key element was citizen input. The Master Plan Committee did an outstanding job of getting citizens engaged. Two of the candidates for Wesley Chapel Council have never bothered to gather input from the general community, but only their small group of friends. Again, this is so sad for our community.

  2. Parts of the Master Plan were adopted, the downtown section was not. Mr. Grexa maybe well intended, but his connections to the Butch & Becky Plyler and others of the sect is well known.

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