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Office sought: Streamwood Park Board (4-year Terms)
Family: I have been married to Richard Janiec for 34 years. I have 3 grown sons, and 6 grandchildren
Occupation: I am a manager in a call center for Carlson-Wagonlit Travel.
Education: Candidate did not respond.
Civic involvement: I am a member of the Streamwood Historical Society.
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
Streamwood Park District seems to value profit more than using their money to beautify the parks. The parks are not being attended to the way they should be. The Schoolhouse museum is now a national landmark, but the homestead where it sits is in disrepair. There is a lot that can be done if we fix up the farmstead, which is the last farmstead in the Township.
Key Issue 2
Streamwood Park District seems to waste a lot of money. For example, it was published in the Dailey Herald that Streamwood spent $12,626.49 to send 18 people to the annual state parks associations conference in Chicago, which is taxpayers money. I hope to curtail some of that waste.
Key Issue 3
I would like to work with the rest of the board and the Park District staff to come up with more programs that would bring more interest into the Park District.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
Unfortunately, I do not have the inside knowledge that the other candidates have, since I am not an incumbant. I do know that Safety Town is not making money. The buildings are in need of repair. It's been here a while. We shoud consider tearing it down and making room for something else.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
I would love to say yes, but at this time, they can't take care of what they already have. Until that happens, they shouldn't even consider acquiring any more property.
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?
If there are, then we should consider talking to our border park districts and consider inter-governmental agreements. This would take the strain off of all taxpayers, by sharing in the cost of these needs.
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?
Absolutely, especially with the economy the way it is. It is moving in the right direction, but until it gets to the point where everyone can breath again, sharing resources is the way to go. Maybe instead of buying new equipment for keeping up the parks, for instance, these resources can be shared by neighboring park districts. The upkeep of the equipment can be shared, which will cut expenses.
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.
My husband has been a commissioner for about 6 years. His campaign ran on making the parks in Streamwood, the best in the area. This has been a constant uphill battle. It seems that Streamwood, as I said earlier, cares more about the profit, than they do about beautifying the existing parks. It is my hope that if I get elected, I will be able to help him in his endeavor, and get the other commissioners on board. Right now, with the board meetings that I have attended, it just seems like a process. You do the roll call, you go over the agenda, and it's goodbye, see you at the next board meeting. The board members are working as individuals, rather than as a team. I hope to change that. You can get a lot more accomplished when you work together as a team.