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Office sought: Roselle Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Wife: Janet Children: Dominic, Stephanie & AJ Grandchildren: Brandon, Austin, Amber, Mikayla, Emily, Talon, Anneliese and Dom Jr.
Occupation: Small Business Owner/Locksmith of Action Lock & Key, Inc.
Education: 2 years Community College
Civic involvement: Roselle Chamber of Commerce since 1984
Elected offices held: Appointed to the Roselle Planning and Zoning Board from 1985-1995 Appointed Chairman of the Roselle Planning and Zoning Board from 1995-2010 Elected Village of Roselle Trustee 2009-Present Appointed to Village of Roselle Finance Committee 2011-Present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Financial sustainability to keep delivering services needed by the residents of Roselle
Key Issue 2
Development and growth of the Village's commercial corridors to enhance sales tax revenues
Key Issue 3
Implement a less costly tier-two salary program for all new future Village employees
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
Through my involvement with St Walters Catholic Church and my business, I interact with many residents daily, giving me a great insight to their thoughts and concerns. I am open minded, fair and make my decisions on facts presented and what I believe is in the best interest of the Village of Roselle as a whole.
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.
Being that Roselle is a non-home rule community, we are limited to 1% which is well below the surrounding home-rule communities of Bloomingdale, Hanover Park, Schaumburg and Elk Grove.
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.
A lot of our residents are concerned about fast moving traffic on our side streets and violations of stop signs. This seems to be prevalent in school areas and near bus stops during the morning and again in the afternoons when schools get out. Because of our difficult economic times, we don't have the luxury of the extra personal to monitor these areas. Growth in revenue would help.
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?
As a Village Board, we always review services but especially in the past three years. We have dealt with the downturn of the economy by trimming $900,000.00 from our operating budget, consolidated twenty one positions, we have cut the Village fleet, introduced a money saving Emergency Pursuit Vehicle for the Fire Dept and will continue until all departments are thoroughly studied.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
I would like to do something for the youth of our community which would be accessible on a year round basis. This could be a community center where kids could come together for dances, movie nights, sports programs, etc. The surrounding Churches, schools, park districts can 'host' an event. Hopefully it could be low cost events available for everyone.