Lark Sanders: Candidate Profile
East Dundee, Countryside fire protection
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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.
City: East Dundee
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: East Dundee, Countryside fire protection
Family: Married for 28 years and 4 children
Occupation: Fire Fighter/Paramedic
Education: Elgin Community College 1981
Denver Automotive & Diesel College 1984
Illinois Fire Service Institute (UOI)
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To be fair and honest with the residents of East Dundee and the fire district employees.
Key Issue 2
To restore leadership back to the East Dundee Fire Department.
Key Issue 3
To change the fire district board from a 3 person board to a 5 person board.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I have lived in East Dundee since 1985 and was part of the East Dundee & Countryside Fire Department from 1988 - 1999 then left to be a full time firefighter/Paramedic.The exsperience that I have received being full time and also training that I have received as a trustee.
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
I feel that after the Fire Cheif was put on administration leave after 20+ years of service did no service to our residents,and the closing of station II made me take a closer look what was going on with our Fire District.
And also with the consideration of the Fire District wanting to build a ""NEW"" Fire station up along Rt72 as well.
Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest fire safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.
Response times,as always that is a concern but after talking with a lot of our residents they all recalled what happened with Cheif Rakow and by the way they did not like the answer of ""why"" he was put on leave.
In these tight economic times, budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?
As a fire district and not being part of the city or village our income is pretty straight forward and sent to the fire district through all of the residents and busniess real estate taxes.How ever that does not mean we can spend it frivolously,we have a fiduciary responsibility to ALL of our residents.
Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency
I know that this is a ""hot"" topic now with the East & West Dundee and Sleepy Hollow police we as a Fire District would also have to do studies to see the feasibility studies would benifit the residents of East Dundee with no loss or little of service to them. I also think our residents should have a voice in this type of change either through a vote or public hearing.
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