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Audrey Symowicz: Candidate Profile

Elburn Village board

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  • Audrey Symowicz, running for Elburn Village board

      Audrey Symowicz, running for Elburn Village board

 

 

 

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Elburn

Website: http://www.facebook.com/asymowicz

Office sought: Elburn Village board

Age: 32

Family: single

Occupation: Customer Service for Smith & Richardson Mfg, Inc. in Geneva, IL

Education: Elgin Community College - Associates Degree

Civic involvement: past President and Board Member of Elburn Countryside Condominium Association, current Board Member on an equestrian horse show association (NIHJA)

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Following the budget that the current board is working towards approval on. It is going to have to be determined what is a need vs what is a want within the Departments and then maintaining the budget.

Key Issue 2

Establishing an employee policy manual that is up to date and gives the Village direction on communicating with employees.

Key Issue 3

Keeping downtown Elburn going while the Anderson Road bridge is developed. Attracting more businesses to make Main Street in Elburn a destination for people and provide an economic boost for the Village.

Questions & Answers

On what should the village be spending property tax and sales tax money?

The Village should be putting that money back into Village projects such as street/sidewalk repairs and the water treatment plant. Much of the current infrastructure is older & needs to eventually be replaced.

The economic meltdown brought plans for big residential and retail growth to a halt. Should Elburn use this time to re-evaluate and adjust its plans for the future and, if so, how?

Yes, Elburn could re-evaluate the land use plan and how to work within the current market trends.

What can the village do to ensure it gets either money or infrastructure upfront on a development, rather than having to go after bonds for bankrupt developments like Blackberry Creek? Should the village be more aggressive in this regard, and how?

Money needs to be put down upfront from the developer to avoid costs on the taxpayers down the road to complete these projects.

What do you think of the current plans for the proposed Elburn Station development? Should the village insist retail be built before issuing housing permits?

The current plan is high on density. Retail needs to be addressed and started before residential can build to avoid the burden of new development falling on current residents.

When the economy does recover, can Elburn expect to have the growth once projected for the village? Explain.

We can hope that by making Elburn an attractive and prosperous community people will choose to live here.

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