(Geneseo)- Today, Alderman Bob Wachtel, 2nd Ward, announced his candidacy for another two-year term on the Geneseo City Council representing Ward 2. "I have the energy and passion to continue to serve my neighbors and the community I love very much, There is much work to be done and projects that I want to see to completion," Wachtel said. “I want to see the city complete the work needed for storm sewer improvements to mitigate the flooding issues that have hurt so many of our neighborhoods. And we have to make sure the capacity is there to meet the needs of our residents, and for new tax generating and job creating businesses to come here and tap on,” Wachtel explained. “I also want to see the Richmond Hill project to successful completion. If we properly leverage the matching grant monies and the pledged donations, we can build a million dollar project there for $200,000 in city funds. It will meet many sports and recreational needs, and draw people from around the region to Geneseo where they will shop and dine here, and purchase gasoline,” Wachtel concluded. Wachtel, elected as Mayor Pro-Tem by his colleagues, has a reputation for fiscal conservatism and for supporting local business. Recently, Wachtel joined with concerned neighbors to lead opposition to a car wash on a tight parcel of land at the corner of Ogden and Chicago. “It was not the right place due to traffic, noise, and public safety,” Wachtel said. Wachtel has signaled his grave concerns about recreational marijuana retail and grow facilities opening in the City of Geneseo. That will be debated at the October 22 city council meeting. A former Geneseo High School Business Teacher, and football and wrestling coach, Wachtel currently owns and operates a painting business in the City of Geneseo. Wachtel served 8 years in the United States Army, and has been married to Mary Wachtel for 51 years. They have raised three children and are active in St. Malachy's Parish.