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Tim Pasternak: Candidate Profile

Round Lake Area Park Board (6-year Term)

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  • Tim Pasternak, running for Round Lake Area Park Board (6-year Term)

    Tim Pasternak, running for Round Lake Area Park Board (6-year Term)




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City: Lake Villa

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Round Lake Area Park Board (6-year Term)

Age: 51

Family: Married, two daughters

Occupation: Director Project Management, Quality Assurance, Medical Products Division, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Round Lake IL

Education: Certified Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute, 2009 Bachelor of Science Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, 1983 Assoc. in Science, Harper College, Palatine IL, 1982 HS Graduate, Elk Grove High School, IL, 1979

Civic involvement: Round Lake Area Park District, Board of Commissioners, current Treasurer, past Vice President and President Round Lake Management Commission, Mayoral Appointed Commissioner representing the Village of Round Lake Beach Illinois Lakes Management Association, Board of Directors, Membership Secretary Kenosha County Archaeological Society, current Board Advisor and Past President Village of Round Lake Beach 75th Anniversary Committee Member and multiple event coordinator in 2012 Lake County Forest Preserve Natural Area Restoration Volunteer YMCA Adventure Guides Parent/Child Organization past President of Lake County's Lake Prairie Federation Conserve Lake County member and 2012 recipient of Lake County Certifed Home Program College of Lake County STEM Speakers Forum, assembled engineering in healthcare professional panel discussion to promote the next next generation, February 2013

Elected offices held: Round Lake Area Park District Commissioner, appointed in 2006, elected in 2007 for 6 year term, currently Board Treasurer, past Board Vice President and President Round Lake Management Commission, Village of Round Lake Beach Mayoral Appointed Commissioner since 2003, Plus multiple volunterr leadership positions in a variety of Parent/Child, Environmental, Community Service and Archaeological organizations.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I want to help children, adults, seniors and those with special needs engage with their community and have fun.

Key Issue 2

I want to help improve the health & well-being of everyone by encouraging residents to get outdoors to enjoy and explore the area's parks, open space and natural areas.

Key Issue 3

I will continue to promote a broad range of programing for all residents.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

Considering that residents contribute to the cost to maintain overall Park District infrustructure and administration through taxes, whether or not a particular program pays for itself through user fees, is not the sole criteria considered for maintaining a particular program. The District Staff and Board continually track and monitor the viability of all District programing through a variety of metrics including; participation numbers, resident feedback, benchmarking neighboring Park Districts, overall cost and quality. Programing changes are made from season to season and year to year as appropriate.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

The Park District continues to look for opportunities to add open space in areas that may be underserved and evaluating the uses for high quality (natural features, trail expansion, recreational use, sustainable maintenence costs, etc.) open space which may be adjacent to or easily accessible to existing Park District 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?

None that I am aware of.

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?

The Round Lake Area Park District is unique in that it is a stand alone municipality that serves multiple communities. The Park District currently partners with the municipalities it is situated within (Villages of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park and parts of Hainsville and Grayslake) as well as many surrounding communities. Examples include police,safety,emergency response (centralized 911 service), school & recreational facilities, and infrustructure maintenence.

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.

Influenced the expansion of the Round Lake Area Park District's open space inventory and enhanced access and passive use features. By partnering with Lake County's REALITY Illinois smoke free parks youth initiative, the Round Lake Area Park District enacted the first Park District tobacco free policy within the State of Illinois in 2010. Based on my involvement, I was asked to present at the Lake County's 5 year "Smoke Free" anniversary celebration in January 2013. Nominated and Awarded the distinguished 2011 "Rising Star" New Park Board Commissioner award by the Illinois Association of Park Disticts at it's annual conference in January 2012. Key contributor to the formation of the Huebner Fishery Management Foundation which was established after the passing of long time Round Lake resident John Huebner to promote safe enjoyment of all water recreational activities through public opportunities and education.