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Cheri Klumpp: Candidate Profile

Wheeling parks

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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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City: Wheeling

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Wheeling parks

Age: 56

Family: husband and one son

Occupation: Architectural Office Manager

Education: A.A.S. Human Services

Civic involvement: Wheeling Park District Commissioner since 1993

Wheeling Park District Liaison to the Wheeling Historical Society

Wheeling Park District Intergovernmental and Community Relations Committee Chairperson including Liaison to CCSD21

Elected offices held: Wheeling Park District Commissioner since 1993

WPDBOC Vice President 2002 - 2006

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To continue to be a voice for my community and and strive to maintain and improve our parks and recreational opportunities.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

Special events such as summer concerts/movies do not collect user fees to attend. Different events such as Passport to the World, Fiesta de Sol and winter ice skating also do not collect user fees. Sponsorships and donations also help to offset these events. I believe it is important to provide these events and bring our community into our parks and facilities. Programs are evaluated, some stay, some don't. Some make money, some don't. The special events do educate the public and promotes the parks and programming offered by WPD.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

Additional open space is always necessary but not always available. Open space must be usable and viable. It must meet the needs of the community now and well into the future. WPD has been successful in aquiring new open space. They have been diligent in researching and seeking out opportunities in the past for open space. I see that practice continuing into the future. Land is scarce in our community.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

Unmet recreational needs could include both walking as well as cycling pathways and trails. Grants and private donations are one way of paying for them. The longer the wait, potentially the costs go up. There is no crystal ball telling me when the economy will improve. Phasing of projects is another way to pay for change and improvements. This takes longer but eventually the project may be started and finished and used by the community.

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?

We currently share many intergovernmental agreements with the school districts as well as the village.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

I have been ""one"" of a seven-member WPD Board of Commissioners since 1993. Accomplishments have included new buildings and facilities such as the Aquatic Center, Community Recreation Center, Chevy Chase Clubhouse, Maintenance Building and Traditions at Chevy Chase,current redevelopment of Heritage Park (with MWRDGC and VOW) and future development of the Lake Cook Property. Renovations have occured at most sites. My role has been that of policy maker and promoting the benefits of WPD Parks and Recreation to our community.