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Office sought: Naperville Township Highway Commissioner (4-year Term)
Age: Candidate did not respond.
Family: Married, four children, ten grandchildren
Occupation: Township Highway Commissioner
Education: Attended COD, Illinois Benedictine. Degree in Business
Civic involvement: President of Aero Estates Homeowners Assn. Member of Naperville Area Homeowners Conf. Member DuPage County Plan Commission. Member International Society of Arboriculture. Member Judd Kendall V.F.W.
Elected offices held: Naperville Township Trustee 1989-2002 Naperville Township Highway Commissioner 2003-present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Hold the line or reduce taxes.
Key Issue 2
Key Issue 3
Stay in touch with residents needs.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
1)For the Road District, Safety, by maintainig the roads and improving snow and ice removal. 2)Maintain and improve storm drainage systems to prevent road and residence flooding. 3) Operate as efficiently as possible.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Municipalities have stopped "gobbling" up vacant land as they do not have the funds to develop and install infrastructure and large developments are not being planned due to the economy. Townships will still be needed to service the unincorporated areas.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
From a Road District perspective, maintain roads and bridges, use updated methods of snow and ice removal, maintain drainage systems, maintain the health of parkway trees and now to prevent the Emerald Ash Borer from destroying our environment. I am a Certified Arborist and I offer free consultations to residents who have tree problems.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
Townships operate very efficiently with few employees to service the public. Roadway maintenence costs per mile are about half of the municipal costs and substantially less than state costs.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
Thirty-Three years of business experience prior to being elected Highway Commissioner in 2003 gave me a background in budgeting,finance, and establishing a good working relationship with employees, the public and other government entities. I have installed new drainage systems in four sub-divisions that were prone to flooding problems. I re-paved roadways in five sub-divisions, reduced the tax rate for eight consecutive years and froze the Road levy for the past two years while abating $125,000 in taxes. I regularly meet with homeowner groups to discuss problems and needs and, in 2010, I was awarded the "Confederation's Elected Offical and Friend of the Neighborhoods" award from the Naperville Area Homeowners Conf. which represents 133 homeowner groups in the City. Also, the Township owns and cares for nearly one thousand parkway trees.