Gary Foiles: Candidate Profile
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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.
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Batavia parks
Family: Married for over 20 years to Tannie. Two children, Trevor, 19 and Krista, 16
Occupation: Recreation Program Manager - Naperville Park District
Education: AAS - Recreational Leadership College of DuPage
BS -Recreation and Park Administration - Western Illinois
MPS - Public Services Administration - DePaul
CPRP- Certified Park and Recreation Professional - National Recreation and Park Assn.
Civic involvement: Board Member of Batavia Parks Foundation prior to election to park board in 2009.
Elected offices held: Elected as a write-in to an unexpired term of the Batavia Park District Board of Commissioners - 2009 - Present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Getting the Quarry repaired - getting the job done right
Key Issue 2
Reestablish Communiy Trust in the Park District board following the failed referendum in fall of 2010.
Key Issue 3
Candidate did not respond.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
Staff will continue to make changes to the Quarry opertion to improve attendence. But until the problem of cold and leaking water is solved, we cannot expect attendence to return to historical levels.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
I beleive the community could use additional athletic fields. Furthermore, as the district's mission is to develop, acquire and maintain parks and open space, the board needs to be open to potential acquisitions that make financial sense.In the current economy, there may be some bargains out there.
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?
The park district is in dire need of indoor program space to meet unmet current and future need. The 2010 referendum showed that a majority of the community did not support the downtown recreation center project. The board should explore all options for indoor space, including partnerships,leases and cooperative ventures in order to meet this need.
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?
The district currently does a pretty good job of cooperation and sharing resources with the Sit, School District and other Park Districts. But I would support projects that could provide addiional program opportunities or save money on maintenance items.
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.
Elected as a write-in candidate 2009.
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