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Office sought: Streamwood Park Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, two children
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Civic involvement: Streamwood Woman's Club Streamwood Summer Celebration volunteer Sunnydale PTO volunteer Crossroads Kids Club Leader
Elected offices held: Streamwood Park Board Commissioner, 2009-present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Listening and responding to community needs
Key Issue 2
Passing balanced budgets without increasing taxes
Key Issue 3
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
User fees cover all direct program expenses. Many programs have seen an increase in participation and because of this the park district has been able to add new fitness classes, athletic opportunities, and fine art classes with great success.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
The park district has 50 park parcels totaling over 257 acres. The park district does not need to acquire more open space as we have sufficient land to serve our population and are committed to maintaining and improving our existing properties. In addition to our own land, we have entered into several intergovernmental agreements related to the use of space such as our agreements with Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park.
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?
With over 40 parks in our community and recreation centers always in use, Streamwood residents have many recreational opportunities. Because of the successful classes and programming the park district offers, space availability is a limiting factor to offering additional options. The park district is in need of more indoor space to support and expand recreational programming. This need could be met by entering into a cooperative agreement with the school district in which we use space for free or at a discounted rate, which would be paid for with the program fees.
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?
Sharing resources is an effective way of saving money and improving our overall efficiency. The park district is currently party to several intergovernmental agreements with surrounding agencies. In Hanover Park, Roselle and Hoffman Estates, Streamwood residents can use the outdoor pools at resident rates. Streamwood Park District is also in agreement with Hoffman Estates and the City of Elgin for the Freedom Run Dog Park. The park district also allows the use of gym space for high school sports practices when school is not in session. The park district should actively explore more intergovernmental agreements with U-46, Hanover Township and neighboring communities as a way to continue to offer our residents expanded opportunities to grow and develop while keeping costs down.
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.
Key initiatives and accomplishments during my first term on the Streamwood Park District Board include: 1. Securing grants to aid in replacing aging equipment at Glenbrook Park, Kiddie Corner Park, Dolphin Park and Shady Oaks Park. 2. Responding to resident input by expanding weekend hours at Park Place. 3. Supporting a permanent fix of the Park Place parking lot and seeing it completed last fall. 4. Advocating for and supporting the expanded fine arts program 5. Strengthening board unity and teamwork allowing us to: -Pass balanced budgets. -Adopt a 10-year master plan. -Actively listen to residents through neighborhood meetings andCoffee with the Commissioners? events. -Continuously improve upon park district programs and properties. -Approve policies that allowed the Streamwood Park District to become an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency, one of the top agencies in the state.