Newly elected Dayville Mayor Peter Bogardus is happy to help his community.
He works full-time as a teacher and track coach at Dayville School. He has taught math, world history, French, drafting and personal finance and has coached all events for the school’s track team with the help of one other coach.
He moved to Dayville for his first full-time teaching job and, like many, found he preferred the slower pace to the busy city.
“I went to a school with 2,000 kids, and to be in a building with six teachers total, K-12, it’s different,” Bogardus said. “I like it.”
Before being elected mayor, he had served on the city council.
“The community is pretty small,” he said. “Everybody needs to do something to chip in.”
He looks forward to helping out with events like the city’s Fourth of July celebration and the Bunny Hop 5K, for which Bogardus plans to don a bunny suit.
Bogardus, 34, is married and has four children he loves playing with when not at city hall, the school or coaching track.
Unsurprisingly, he loves both reading and running, doing most of the latter during track season because he doesn’t enjoy running alone.
He’s drawn to fiction and fantasy when reading outside of school, especially titles such as Ender’s Game and the 14-book Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.
Bogardus was elected in November and said, so far, things are running smoothly. The city recently completed a water line extension and repair projects as well as a wastewater treatment facility upgrade.
“The future of the town looks good,” Bogardus said. “The city doesn’t seem to be shrinking.”
The city has been fiscally responsible but has the lowest net tax collected in the county with just $7,869 expected during the 2016-17 fiscal year. Bogardus doesn’t see any large projects approaching for the city but admits it will have to improve its revenue stream in the future.
He said Dayville is an attractive place to live but would need to grow to accommodate more people.
“There’s always more people who want to live here than there are places (to live) and jobs,” he said.