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Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Lombard Park District, 4 years
Family: I have been married for close to 20 years to Mike Angland and we have a daughter Melissa who is 17 years old and a son Vincent who is 11 years old.
Occupation: The Marketing Store Strategic Intelligence Director
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, Eastern Illinois University, 1982
Civic involvement: Board of Director Secretary, TriTown YMCA
Commissioner of Lombard Park District
Village of Lombard Community Relations Committee Member
DuPage Sculpture & 3D Art Show Committee Member
Healthy Lombard Committee Member
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To serve the resident of Lombard. I am their facilitator to the Park District and Park Board. I will make sure that what we do is for the good of the community and welfare of the residents. My priority is to listen to the residents.
Key Issue 2
To be fiscally responsible and a good stewart with our tax dollars. To make sure the residents are getting a great return for their money.
Key Issue 3
To put together a Strategice Plan with the Park Board and Park Staff that reflects the needs and wants of the community. A plan that will enhance our community and offer opportunities to enrich the quality of life for persons of all ages and abilities.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
The Park District is not a profit center. We are a service center and we budget annually to cover programs and facilities. We also budget for future growth and capital projects. Each year the Park District Staff evaluates the programs and services we offer and make the appropriate changes in response to what the communities needs are and then presents to the board for our input. I feel we have the right offering for community of Lombard. And we as Staff and the Board are constantly monitoring the programs and services making sure they are meeting the communities standards they expect fiscally.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
We are one of the top communities in the state with the most green space. At this time I am not aware of any open space that we as the Park District is lookking at to acquire.
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?
This is a planning year for the Park Staff and Board. We are finishing up the Sunset Knoll project which a portion of the funds were from an OSLAD grant. We are beginning to get ready to start putting together a strategic plan which will outline what we would like to see happen within the next 3 to 5 years. This plan will encompass residents input as well.
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 support collaboration between different groups and organizations. District 44 and the Park District partnered a few years ago and the large gym at Pleasant Lane Elementary is the result of that collaboration. Anytime we can save time and money and it fits with in our mission of service, I would definitely entertain the idea.
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.
My number one accomplishment was heading up the Pool Referendum. With the support of the community, a $1474 budget and passion to get the job done we had a 65% turnout to bring back a facility that had already been in the community for 50 years. What motivated me - it was something that had to be done. I had the skill set to accomplish this task and I love a challenge. I whole reason to sit on the Board is to give back. I grew up in Oak Forest and we had a great Park District. I had the opportunity to play softball, gymnastics, track & field, punt-pass-kick program - which are fond memories. I want to make sure that the families of Lombard have those same opportunities.