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Tim Gelinas: Candidate Profile

Arlington Heights Park Board (4-year Terms)

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  • Tim Gelinas, running for Arlington Heights Park Board (4-year Terms)

    Tim Gelinas, running for Arlington Heights Park Board (4-year Terms)




Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Arlington Heights

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Arlington Heights Park Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 41

Family: Married, 2 Children

Occupation: Outside Sales

Education: Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration St Mary's College of California 1994

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: None previously

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Continue the high standard of classes and services available to Arlington Heights residents within the park district.

Key Issue 2

Solve the future growth and renovation needs of the park district through fiscally responsible means.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

Do you believe the park renovations that would have been done with referendum money are needed? All of them, or just some of them?

I do believe the renovations are needed within the system. Obviously, the community is split evenly pro and con on the issue. I look forward to working with the community to strike a balance between all parties that will address the aging infrastructure of the current facilities and the future growth needs of our residents.

Do you support another referendum to raise the necessary funds? If not, how should the park district find the money to do the work?

I support the most financially feasible and responsible means to finance any renovations. At some point a referendum will have to be apart of the mix. In the near term evaluating all the programs and services to maximize the money spent will help.

Without a referendum not all parks will be able to be funded at once, how will you prioritize what should be done first?

Both referendums not only addressed growth needs, but needed infrastructure. With the acceptance of the grant monies for Camelot park, the park district has reached its non-referendum debt limit for the next 15 years. Until some older debt is retired, for example the pools bonds, any new facility improvements will need to be evaluated on a critical need basis.

How should the district approach its holiday lights display? Should the display go away entirely? Conversely, should the board let anyone in? Discuss your opinion of the controversy in North School Park and how you think the board should go forward.

For the four years we have lived in Arlington Heights the holiday lights display has been apart of my families holiday tradition. I am not in favor of eliminating the display. I believe this was the first year that anyone asked to add a display. From attending board meetings, it was apparent that a process was not in place to handle such a request. A formal process should be implemented to address and review any future display suggestions.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them?

As the community continues to evolve so do the desires of the residents. A few that have been raised are the dog park, lacrosse, and more senior programs. To help offset some of the expenses partnerships with other villages and entities will be crucial to the success.