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Office sought: Lombard Village Clerk (4-year Term)
Family: I am divorced and have two children and two grandchildren.
Occupation: Polygraph Examiner (Detection of Deception Examiner) and Private Detective licensed in the State of Illinois
Education: Masters of Business Degree in Business Administration from National Louis University in 2002
Civic involvement: None
Elected offices held: Bloomingdale Township Committeeman, 3-26-2008 to 01-01-2009 and 2006 to 2008
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO
Key Issue 1
Communication: Communication needs to flow freely from the Village to its residents. The residents want someone within the Village to listen and respond to their questions and concerns in a timely manner.
Key Issue 2
Open space: We need to preserve Ken Loch as open space since once it is gone it is gone FOREVER.
Key Issue 3
Business: We must maintain and continue to develop a working relationship with the existing businesses in order to keep them within the Village. We also must provide an atmosphere were new businesses will want to make Lombard their establishment's location. This will continue to provide the residents with many choices for shopping and dining as well as employment opportunities.
Should the Ken-Loch golf links remain open space or be developed? Why?
Yes, Ken Loch should remain open space. On December 17, 2012, I spoke before the Plan Committee pertaining to this subject matter. The minutes and the video are available on the Lombard website so Lombardian's can listen to all the residents who came and spoke on behalf of keeping this area open. I enjoy the outdoors and nature and this is why I prefer to keep this area open for future generations.
Village government in Lombard has been sharply divided and the board has been deadlocked on several key issues since Bill Mueller's death. How will you help unify the board so it can better address Lombard's needs?
My company, which is a family-owned business, has a back-up plan in case of illness or another issues arises. The Village should also have a pro-tem in place prior to any need. The Village needs establish a succession to elected officials upon their death, incapacity, leave of absence or extended leave of absence in order to avoid vacanies and division of the Board. These decisions are best made when there is no pressure or demand for leadership.
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.
Lombard has to able to keep up with all the increased costs needed to provide services to its residents. In order for the Village to be fiscally responsible and not over tax the residents, new businesses must WANT to move their establishments to our village. The Village should provide incentives for the creation of new businesses, which will increase sales and money spent within the village; decrease in sales tax burden on its residents and provide new employment opportunities for all.
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.
My neighorhood contains the 355 highway overpass where I have spotted many coyotes over the last four years. My neighbors also expressed their concerns for the children at bus stops and small dogs in relation to these wild animals. The coyotes have become so familiar with the area and the residents that they are coming closer and closer to resident's homes. I feel a point of contact needs to be listed on the Lombard website so residents can post their concerns when they observe a coyote in their neighborhood. I also heard from many neighbors about the lack of street lights in our area? The residents need to be able to voice their concerns and know that someone is going to actually respond. I feel communicating and working together will provide the residents and the Board an opporuntity for making changes that benefit all.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
I want to be part of a unified and diverse community that holds its residents with high regard and the residents hold its village workers and elected officials with the same regard. I am proud to be working with Moon Khan, for president, and Muzammil Saeed, District #3 Trustee, for a beter Lombard. Together we will bring diversity, unity, and growth for the village of Lombard. We plan on establishing term limits for elected and appointed officials. If the same officials are elected and re-elected and re-elected for 10, 20, 30 years, what changes? By limited the terms more people can have the opporunity to be involved in their local government.