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City: Wood Dale
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Wood Dale City Council Ward 2 (4-year Term)
Occupation: Assistant superintended of the Dupage County golf courses
Education: Associate Dgree
Civic involvement: Member of wood dale homeowners association,Past member of Itasca Lions
Elected offices held: past presdient of wood dale fire dept current aldermen of ward 2 from 2009
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no
Key Issue 1
Is to keep Wood Dale financially sound and in the black. Wood Dale is challenged with a multi-million dollar necessary sewer plant expansion followed by a request for 30 million dollar contribution for the interchange of the Elgin O?Hare and Wood Dale road. I propose we form a consortium of the seven towns affected: Wood Dale, Bensenville, Wood Dale, Elk Grove, Itasca, Roselle, Hanover Park, and Schaumburg. Jointly lobby our federal, state, and county governments for funding. All seven towns should file a joint application for any STP or CMAQ funds that may be available.
Key Issue 2
Resolve the flooding problems in the ward through additional buyout of flood prone homes and improvement to the Busse Woods reservoir that will increase its capacity and hold back flood water from Wood Dale .
Key Issue 3
I want to maintain and improve Wood Dale city services in the most effective and efficient manner. I want to open up communication, not just from elected officials to residents, but from every employee in the city of Wood Dale.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
Wood Dale and the citizens are in my heart. As someone who grew up in this city and had benefited from its schools, parks, and government; it's my turn and time to give back to the community.
Given the delicate balance between the need for revenue and over-taxing local businesses, what is your opinion of your community's present level of local sales taxes? Is the tax just right, too low or too high? Explain.
The sales tax rate was approved by our citizens and the money is used to better our community. I am concerned about the increasing water and sewer rates. While talking to a local business owner who told me how difficult it's been to survive in this trying economy while his sewer and water rates have increased. We need to focus on helping our residents and local businesses to survive.
Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest public safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.
Traffic is always the number one concern. People want to greater police presence on our local streets. I think the funding should be adjusted to facilitate more of a positive presence from our first responders.
In these tight economic times, municipal budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?
Any Additional money-revenue should be utilized to enhance our first responders by funding for additional positions. I would review staffing and reduce any unnecessary positions.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
I would like to personally sponsor a Hawaiian luau for our community. I believe that it would be a fun event and could be utilized as a fund raiser for the Wood Dale historical society or our local food pantry.