Howard Krick: Candidate Profile
Hanover Township Board (4-year Terms)
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Office sought: Hanover Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married to Mary and 2 daughter's Kelsey and Miohelle
Education: Associates in Business Oakton Community College 1980.
Civic involvement: Kiwanis Club Chicago Litho Club
Elected offices held: Streamwood Park District Commissioner 2004-2009 Hanover Township Trustee 2009-present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Continue to keep taxes low for the residents. Make budget cuts in each department to be as lean as we can without services being affected.
Key Issue 2
Develop a better Senior lunch program. We are looking at bringing this service in house to provide better quality food and beverages. We need to conduct a study to see how we can accomplish this goal. We have all the equipment available to provide this valuable service.
Key Issue 3
Expand on our Green Energy initiatives. We have many guidelines in place to reduce energy costs. Cost saving lighting, sensors and energy efficient supplies have been implemented. We are also looking to install solar panels at our Senior Center.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
To develop the newly acquired Izaak Walton property. This is a 12 acre parcel that we are going to provide senior and young adult programs. We would like to put a bike path in as well to connect with Lord's Park. This property at $1 per year will provide valuable programs to our residents.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
We are needed because of our unique services. We have expanded many of our services. Emergency Services has really developed of the past 4 yrs with 25 volunteers. We provide traffic control, lighting, search and rescue as well as lighting equipment.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
To continue to provide our residents the best service available to them at a low cost.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
Hanover Township has not raised its levy for two consecutive years. With that said it is important to always be open to look at programs and staffing, to insure that they are needed by township residents. I support a zero based budget strategy that require each program dollar to be justified each budget cycle as opposed to seeing an automatic increase. I would also support the cross training of administrative service staff so that more service could be delivered by fewer staff. I do know and I support the effort the current officials have made to consolidate positions, consistently review vendor cost and keep elected officials pay in check.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
My experience has been 4 yrs on U46 Citizen Advisory Committee, 5 yrs as a Streamwood Park Commissioner including 1yr as Vice President and 1 yr as President. The past 4 yrs as trustee for Hanover Township.
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