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City: St. Charles
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: St. Charles Park Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married to Patti-Sons Daniel Ditusa-19 & Robert 12 Daughter Lauren 11
Occupation: Global Act Mgr-Cisco Systems San Jose, Ca.
Education: Seton Hall University 87'/Degrees Bachelors-Business/Mktg
Civic involvement: Current PK BD Member, BD Member STC Storm Youth Basketball, Coach STC Boys Baseball, Renaux Manor Homeowner Association President, Seton Hall Chicagoland Alumni Association, Past Member of City of STC Charlemagne Master Plan Project, Past STCE Booster Club
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
Through Community Survey determine if the residents want a rec ctr & if YES drive successful completion of a referendum
Key Issue 2
Continue to drive STC PK District to be the #1 PK District in the State & Nation. Every decision we make should be based on what will continue to make STC PK District the best.
Key Issue 3
Drive innovative programing & marketing that will raise customer satisfaction & drive attendance & memberships. This will enable us to maintain & improve excellent facilities with minimal impact on the tax payer.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
Candidate did not respond.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
I believe as good stewards of the community the PK District has to always be on the lookout for open lands to acquire IF they make sense & are a good fit. I believe the best examples of open space acquisitions recently was the RiverBend Community Park. Working with the KC FP we were able to acquire & redevelop a government owned brownfield and turn it into a beautiful open-green space. This is how I would like to see our acquisitions trend in the future. Acquiring 'brown fields' from other government agencies and turning them into the green-open space parks we currently enjoy.
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?
I believe we currently have unmet recreational needs in the 'court' & indoor fields space. We are currently looking into & exploring these options. The Community will decide if these needs are unmet through their participation & feedback in the upcoming Community Survey.
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?
Absolutely! We currently are doing this through our IGA(Intergovernmental Agency Meetings) with the City-County & D303. We have an excellent relationship with the local government agencies. We are always looking at ways we can be more efficient by working together. I ask your readers to send me suggestions & ideas on ways we can come up with additional savings. I followed up on an idea that the DH's own Dave Heun suggested in one of his Sunday columns. I love ideas & I will follow up on any good idea!
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.
*Currently Treasurer--last year we had a small tax reduction that we were recognized for returning the taxpayers $$
*Community Gardens Food Drive--I initiated this idea with the Staff and they took off & ran with this idea *Social Media--I am helping to drive the SM campaign *Tech Refresh--including the upgrade of all PC's at the STC underground--kids now have current technology to do their homework & yes for gaming purposes!
*Launch of Pop-Up Parks--this is an idea I brought back from one of my business trips to NYC. Holly Cabel(Dir of Programs) took off and ran with this idea. We did events at Tri-City Football & Soccer games, Electric Light Parade & we have fun plans for this year!
*Revitalized Adult Activity Center--this was all about putting the right people in the right place. More importantly it is about fostering an environment where our Staff is recognized for hard work & exceeding expectations. Here Meghan Papke is an excellent example of one such STC PK District Employee!