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Office sought: Streamwood Park Board (4-year Terms)
Family: My family and I are 20 year residents of Streamwood. My family is committed to giving back to our community. My wife Kim is actively involved in the community. We have four children Dan, Shannon, Brett and Jordan.
Occupation: Itasca Police Officer & Crime Prevention Specialist: A Twenty-eight year veteran, including three years as a County Deputy Sheriff: Responsible for community police partnerships with other governmental agencies and local businesses.
Education: Lake Park High School, A.A. College of DuPage, B.S Western Illinois Univ., Cook County Corrections Academy, Cook County Police Academy, Fox Valley College (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Specialist). Certified car seat technician,
Civic involvement: Civic Involvement: Streamwood Park District President & Commissioner, National Veterans Museum, Streamwood High School Booster Club, Coaching/Managing/Member of Streamwood Falcon Football, Streamwood Little League Baseball, Streamwood Youth Basketball Association. Participated on the Streamwood Park District Foundation committee, Streamwood Paint a Park, Special Olympics Torch Run Committee member, Hanover Township Public Health & Safety Committee, Hanover Township Emergency Management, Food Pantry, Itasca Elder Services Unit, Assisting Inner City Schools, Chicago Bulls Charitabulls, What is Addiction Interactive Exhibit, Special Events Committee, Safe Community America Committee, Hotel Tax Committee, National Night Out Committee, Oktoberfest Committee, Halloween committee, Go Green Committee, Highland Games, A Night With Santa Committee, 4th of July Committee and 10-42 Committee.The U.S. Army Strength in Action Zone is a mobile, fully interactive experience featured at events across the county, allowing participants to explore elements that give U.S. Army Soldiers a strength like no other.
Elected offices held: Current Streamwood Park District President Streamwood Park District Commissioner Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Itasca Fraternal Order of Police
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO
Key Issue 1
Saving taxpayers money: Continue our cost saving measures. As part of Streamwood Park District Board we have increased revenues, decreased debt and saved the residents hundreds of thousands of dollars. Finances 2009 - 2013 Net assets increased $3,590,422. Fiscal Y/E fund balances increased by $2,168,704. Outstanding debt decreased by $1,904,000. $2,170,160 remains in Capital Improvement Project funds, an increase of $2,284,437. $2,445,266 spent on Capital Improvements from 2009-2013. Fund balance changes by fund: Corporate +$134,368; Recreation +$168,788; Insurance +$11,735; Special Recreation +$5,419; Audit +$9,767; Museum -$76,326.
Key Issue 2
Strategic Goals: Community involvement with the Community Center and its future. We need to find government grants and local bonds to repair or replace the Community Center for the future. We have a unique opportunity to renovate/replace the current Community Center and are looking for input from residents and staff. We have just begun planning of the Community Centers future.
Key Issue 3
I want to continue in strengthen the Park District ties to the community at large. Continue to reach out to the needs of the various ethnic and age groups. Taking pride in our Park District. Pride in ownership is the basis of a successful village and park district. Working together to create solutions that better serve our residents. Providing a vehicle for communications between residents, Park District Staff, and the Board will build trust and rapport with our community, which in turn will make our park district more efficient and more customer focused.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
I would place more emphasis on identifying programs that have the greatest impact and eliminating those that fail to reach our strategic goals. We have had success story in rebuilding Hoosier Barn Banquet facility rentals with a $40,000 deficit to a 125% profit. Partnerships with other taxing bodies to share resources and equipment where we save taxpayers money. The Sreamwood Park District partnered with The Village of Streamwood, Elgin, Hoffman Est, U-46 and Hanover Township for the past four years to save tax-payers tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
We have plenty of open space with over fifty parks. We would like additional space for our park district maintenance garage. Looking to partner with other governmental bodies to move this facility to another location.
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?
We need a venue for our teenagers. Streamwood had Main Street Roller Skating close down with nothing for our teens to do. We are exploring ideas with the potential renovations of the Community Center to accommodate our teenagers. We have grants available and future bonds that can be used toward paying without raising taxes.
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 have partnered with other local park districts with joint purchasing in co-op programs with these agencies, placing a greater emphasis on identifying available grant. Result of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the Hoffman Estates Park District, City of Elgin, and the Streamwood Park District. Canterbury Soccer Fields, 6150 Russell Road, Hoffman Estates.Off-Leash? dog park, dedicated to Military Service Dogs and their handlers who have bravely served our country in military conflicts. 4 acres, fully fenced, including a small dog area, shade areas, agility components , and canine and human water fountains. Open daily, year-round.?Combination Membership? - SPD residents benefit from access to Bo's Run and Freedom Run Dog Parks for $49 (compared to $69 for non-residents) for first dog, $15 for each additional dog for an annual membership. Strict, qualitative and safety controls are in place to ensure that dogs are up-to-date with all health requirements. Hoffman Estates Park District's staff does a tremendous job of coordinating registration and records with Cook County and creating a controlled access environment only available to registered dogs and their owners. Originally begun as a potential partnership between the City of Elgin and HEPD, SPD Executive Director Dennis Stein noticed a Daily Herald article in July of 2011 and contacted Hoffman Estates Park District Executive Director Dean Bostrom about Streamwood's interest and potential involvement. All parties saw the situation as a win-win opportunity that has now come to fruition. Principal players: Dean Bostrom, Executive Director, Hoffman Estates Park District; Randy Reopelle, Parks & Recreation Director, City of Elgin; and Dennis Stein, Executive Director, Streamwood Park District. Streamwood Park District approved the intergovernmental agreement on February 28, 2012 Enables a built-out community like Streamwood to fulfill their mission to the community (as identified in SPD's master plan) to offer residents a quality dog park at a relatively modest investment ($25,270...) where it would have cost Steamwood Residents several hundred thousand dollars. Worked together with the Village of Streamwood Public Works Dept. on restoring additional shoreline at Kollar Pond. Worked with the Village of Streamwood Public Works Department on removing, replacing and enlarging the half the path at Hoosier Grove Park. Cost to the district was material only in the amount of $7,000. If contracted amount would be approx. $20,000.Received the Helping Hands Award from MIPE for assisting the West Chicago Park District with their natural disaster clean up of Reed Keppler Park.Finalized agreements with youth sports affiliatesRenewed agreement with School District U-46Poplar Creek Library revised agreementCreation of B Team programs with U-46 Worked together with the Village of Streamwood Public Works Department on restoring the shoreline along the creek at Brookstone Park.
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.
Accomplishments Master Plan a significant part of planning for the future. Dolphin Playground Replacement Glenbrook Playground Replacement Kiddie Corner Playground Replacement Parks Landscaping (40 new trees planted) Dolphin Park Backstops Shady Oaks Playground Replacement Museum Handicap Ramp Replacement Pool Heater Controls Replacement Fitness Center Electric Upgrades Park Place RTU Replacement (2) Pool Auditorium Re-painting Pool Heat Exchanger Replacement New Tee Boxes, Baskets and Signage Disc Golf Rahlf's Woods Field Renovation Hoosier Grove Irrigation System Upgrades Sunny Hill Thorguard System Barn Water Heater Replacement Customer Service Counter Community Center Dance Room (moved from CC to PP)Hoosier Grove Soccer Field (Kelloggs Grant) ADA Assessment Dolphin Park BackstopsRahlfs Woods laser grading Sunny Hill Park ThorGuard General Landscape improvements Shady Oaks Disc Golf Tee Pads Shady Oaks Disc Golf basket replacements Shady Oaks Disc Golf course and tee signs Held the Summer Quarterly meeting of the IPRA PNRMS section at Sunny Hill Park and conducted a tour of the splash pad there.Repaired, re-graded and reseeded the upper practice area at Aquarius Park. Revamped Park Place Gym with energy saving fixtures with a rebate from DCEO in the amount of $2400.Revamped Hoosier Grove with energy saving fixtures with a rebate from DCEO in the amount of $4000. Replaced three more RTU's at Park Place.Refinished the gym floor, sanding all the way down to the wood floor, finishing, re-installing the lines and logo.Replaced the sand in the pool filters.Repaired the pool leaks at Park Place which were costing extensive use of water at $3500/month. Normal use is around $1200/month.Revamped the pool deck area.Completed the Park Place parking lot renovation.Completed repairs to the HGB Silo where water was coming in to the building at the bottom of the stairs.Completed repairs to the Community Center roof. Repairs should assist with leaks during rain and snow events.Replaced the doors on the museum building.Started replacing the Hoosier Grove Park parking lot metal halide lights with LED lights. Refinished the Hoosier Grove Barn floors. Replaced garage doors at Hoosier Grove, maintenance shop, Sunny Hill barn and the Admin garage.