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Office sought: Algonquin Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, wife Elizabeth, 1-brother, 1-sister, 3-nephews and 2-nieces
Occupation: Siemens Industries, Inc. After Market Sales/Services Cement Specialist (formerly Flender Corp.) hired 1989
Education: College of Dupage, McHenry County Jr. College, and Elgin Community College, and 2 years of Technical Training
Civic involvement: Lions Club of Algonquin President 2007-08 and 2006-07 Current Eye Class Chairman Algonquin Founders Honoree 2011 Ted Spella Leadership School 2007
Elected offices held: Village Trustee 2005-09 Village Trustee 2009-13
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO
Key Issue 1
To work with our current Village Manager, Bill Ganek and our Village Staff towards a seamless transition with newly hired Village Manager, Tim Schloneger regarding the Village operations, finances, budget and budget constraints if necessary and all ongoing projects within the community.
Key Issue 2
Transportation; Western Bypass construction to minimize as much as possible its effects on our downtown community businesses, Randall Road improvements, and the Longmeadow Parkway Corridor/Bridge over the Fox River. As well as Village services, continued maintenance and improvements to our local roads.
Key Issue 3
Find the best vision towards our Downtown Redevelopment Plans that will attract more people to frequent current and new businesses, restaurants, and retail. And to continue to work hand in hand with our residents and businesses on issues concerning our community.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
My current eight years experience serving as our Village Trustee, working with our staff to implement the proper checks and balances towards community services, our budget finances, public works, parks and forestry and overall village operations. As well as my 20 years service under Siemens (formerly Flender) working with our customers on projects utilizing our equipment whether it be in hundreds of dollars to 2-3 million dollar projects regarding cement and mining operations and negotiating terms and conditions regarding warranty and liability claims under contract review processes.
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.
I would say our local sales tax is adequate and comparable to our nearby communities that our Village businesses and retailers compete with and has not had a negative affect. Our sales tax revenues have been relatively strong even during the economic decline in our country's economy these past 4-5 years and these revenues have been endearing to the development of our Village.
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.
Traffic signalization along our main roadways to improve and reduce the concern of accidents. As well, residents have asked for us to implement more signage to better direct our bicyclists to our parks and recreation and to clearly mark stripping on our roads for our bicyclists and pedestrians.
In these tight economic times, municipal budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?
Last April our Board approved a $35 million dollar budget for our general operations, capital and infrastructure projects. In November 2012 we approved a property tax levy decrease of 1% and in the last four years, Algonquin property tax has been stable with no increases in 2009 or 2010 while decreasing in 2011 and 2012. Considering the past and current economic conditions, we have fulfilled the many needs for our residents and servicing our community as a whole. Therefore at this time I see no reason to further trim the budget unless the state of Illinois does not fulfill its monetary obligations to Algonquin.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
A&E, I would like to see more Arts and Entertainment within the downtown area or near the Esplanade that can be a means of attracting our residents to continue to shop. live and play within their own community without going elsewhere and at the same time bring in people from other communities to enjoy the Village of Algonquin amenities, and promote our smaller and larger retail areas, restaurants and businesses.