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James Rogers: Candidate Profile

Third Lake Village Board (4-year Terms) (Independent)

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  • James Rogers, running for Third Lake Village Board (4-year Terms)

    James Rogers, running for Third Lake Village Board (4-year Terms)




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City: Third Lake

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Third Lake Village Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 64

Family: Married, no children

Occupation: Project Manager

Education: MBA, University of Missouri 1974 Bachelor of Science in Biology, Manhattan College, NY 1970

Civic involvement: Village of Third Lake Emergency Management Coordinator, prior Village of Third Lake Lakes Commissioner, prior Village of Third Lake Planning and Zoning Commissioner

Elected offices held: Village of Third Lake Trustee 16 years

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Maintaining the Fiscal Stability of the Village of Third Lake

Key Issue 2

Maintaining the current character of the Village of Third Lake

Key Issue 3

Increasing the Commercial base of the Village of Third Lake

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

My 16 years as Village Trustee and prior service on both Lakes and Planning and Zoning commissions gives me a unique perspective on how the Village has responded to prior challenges (algae situation on Third Lake in 1990's; commercial development of Waterstone Place, Marathon and Thorton service stations; major revisions to the Planning and Zoning ordnance in the early 1990's; formation of a Lakes Commission). My involvement with Emergency Management has resulted in development of a comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for the Village. I am proud of and wish to continue my service to the Village of Third Lake.

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.

just right

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.

Other than some infrequent minor incidents involving younger village residents, we have no major public safety concerns. A main concern is water safety on our lakes. In the past, we have noted some unsafe practices by novice boaters on our lakes. Most of these involve lack of knowledge of State regulations regarding boating (lifevests available on-board, age requirements for motorcraft operators, use of spotters when waterskiing/tubing,etc.). When we issue the annual boat stickers, we provide a "rules of the road" information sheet. Our Lake's Commission addresses these lake safety issues.

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?

With our current team,our budget has always been balanced. We continue to end each fiscal year with a surplus. We have not, and currently see no reason to, entertain a bond issue in the near future.

What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

Candidate did not respond.