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Frank Lenertz: Candidate Profile

West Chicago Park Board (6-year Terms) (Republican)

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City: West Chicago

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: West Chicago Park Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 65

Family: Single

Occupation: Retired, counselor at Lyons Township High School 25 years 2 years SIU-Carbondale

Education: Masters plus 60 Assoc. in Forest Technology, BS Education -MS Administration/Counseling MS Counseling

Civic involvement: St. Marys Parish Council- Lions Club of West Chicago- District #94 Foundation Board- District 33 Citzen Advisory comm.- Friends Of The Parks Foundation- Fire Commissioner

Elected offices held: Elected to the West Chicago Board of Commissioners in 1972 to the present.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To complete the construction of the Rec. Center, maintain captial growth. and to expand programing for all residents within the WC Pk District, and to broaden the awarness of the ever growing Obesity problem within our community etc

Key Issue 2

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Key Issue 3

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Questions & Answers

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

The District has gone through an evaluation program and has removed those programs that have cost the district/tax payers large sums of money year after year. With this said, there are no prgrams that are being looked at this time. Program evaluation is an ongoing process for the District.

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

The District is NOT looking at acquiring any open space at this time. We are in the final stages of site development for several parks. The District will be undergoing a Master Plan evaluation for all aspects of the District

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 Recreation Center should be completed in the 2014 year which is supported through a bond issue. (first tax referendum for the district-supported by the Daily Herald News Paper) We are working with the private sector to complete the development of sport fields which are in great demand (LaCross-Soccer-Football-Baseball etc). The West Chicago Park District has been awarded several grants from the State of Illinois as well as private industry. This alone has saved the taxpayers thousands of Dollars over the past four years in developing many of our amenities ( re-development of Pioneer Park sports fields, splash pad, singage in all of our parks, shelters,hard surface sport activity area, additional parking, walking trail, playground). Kress Creek Farm Park (walking trail, Dis golf area, sports fields). Reed Keepler Park ( Skate Board facility, Tee-Ball field, additional water features to Turtle Splash, playground). Development of Dyer Park (in conjunction with the DuPage Forest Preserve District) with fishing pond, bike trail. Corner Stone Lake Park (ball field, shelter, volleybal area). These are just a few of the accomplishments the West Chicago Park Districe has gone through in just the past four years.

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 are already sharing facilities as well as vehicles with both Distrct 33 and 94, and purchasing many of our usable products with other local taxing bodies. Working with the City of West Chicago in funding projects, land purchase for new water tower for the community. Working Hand and Hand with the West DuPage Chamber in the redevelopment of school playgrounds and community projects

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.

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