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Office sought: Wauconda Park Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, one son
Occupation: Office Manager, Homerun Sports and Fitness, Lake Zurich, IL
Education: Attended Western Illinois University
Civic involvement: Wauconda Chamber of Commerce Wauconda Pool Foundation Committee Member Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association Trustee Representative (NISRA) Illinois Association Park District Member (IAPD) Wauconda Fest Committee Member
Elected offices held: Wauconda Park District Commissioner (20 yrs.), Park District/Past President, Vice President and Treasure
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
In my 20 years of service, I have contributed to the growth of the district in many areas. I feel that my experience, along with my willingness and drive are assets that will continue to benefit Wauconda Park District. It is my goal to give the community a park district they can be proud.
Key Issue 2
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Key Issue 3
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What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
The Park District's goal is to enrich lives in our community by providing quality recreational and leisure opportunities. We do this by providing our residents with a variety programs, activities and special events. The district makes available activities and programs so that they are self supporting while trying to accommodate those wishes of the community. The park district provides a few special events like, Concerts in the Park, Easter Egg Hunt and the Christmas Tree Lighting that do not generate revenue. To help off-set the cost of these events local organizations that have sponsored some of them. We feel it is important to provide events that bring the community together without an expense to them.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
The Park District recently purchased five acres of property for future growth.
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?
The recreation department does a fantastic job of creating a variety of recreational programs for the community. The park district has such a great rapport with its residents, it often works together with them to get their input on what kind of programs they would like see at their park district. We feel this is important to have their input especially when economic times are difficult.
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?
Yes, I do support the sharing/pooling of resources. The Park District for at least the last twenty years has had partnerships with local intergovernmental agencies. It has been very beneficial for all parties involved. Currently the Park District is one of many agencies who came together to create the Fuel Depot, we share equipment and building space with these groups as well. I would like to see the district continue to build on these relationships.
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.
I have a strong commitment to Wauconda Park District and my community. Over the last 20 years of service I have dedicated myself to guiding the Park District to what it is today. During my time as a commissioner, I played an instrumental part in the building of the recreation center, fundraising events (Wauconda Fest, Annual Craft Faire and the Halloween Gala), updating parks with new play ground equipment, putting new parks into new subdivisions, a $279,000 grant to develop Sedgebrook Park and a $267,000 grant for the Cook Park Shoreline project, and the upgrading of Beach Park and the marina. I would like to continue to support our Park District and see that it continues to fulfill the future needs of our residents.