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City: Village of Campton Hills
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Campton Township Highway Commissioner (4-year Term)
Family: Married 41 years; wife retired Air Traffic Controller (FAA)(33 years of service) 1 son Matthew, age 30; Mechanical Engineer with Grundfos who lives in North Aurora 1 granddaughter (3 years old) and a grandson to be born this year.
Occupation: Currently Campton Township Highway Commissioner
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northeastern Illinois University Several Law Enforcement Certifications IDOT Certification of Training-Highway Jurisdiction FEMA-Emergecy Management Certification
Civic involvement: President of Wasco Baseball League from 1988 to 2003 Chair/Campton Township Environmental Committee Campton Township Parks and Recreation Committee-over saw development of Anderson Park (Brown Road)
Elected offices held: Campton Township Highway Commissioner (3 terms) Elected 2001-Reelected 2005-Reelected 2009 to present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To continue to maintain all roads within Campton's jurisdiction while staying within budget, without raising taxes whatsoever.
Key Issue 2
To continue to respond to all resident issues and assist these residents in every way possible.
Key Issue 3
To continue to research the best methods, materials and equipment to provide the services that are needed by our residents at the lowest cost possible.
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.
I don't understand what 'board' you are referring to.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Campton Township Highway District not only provides services to the unincorporated area roads but also contracts with the Village of Campton Hills to maintain their roads as well. Very few roads within Campton Township are maintained by a Village or City with the bulk of roadways being under the maintenance jurisdiction of the Campton Highway District. Campton Township has the most miles of roadways to maintain of any of the 16 townships in Kane County; 137 miles of roads.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Township Government is the closest level to the people and addresses their problems on the very local level, as no other government body can. Township Government has three main areas of responsibilities: Maintenance of roads Assessment of real estate taxes Town Government providing for many services not offered by any other government agency
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
The Campton Highway District provides services that many residents benefit from, such as a 'brush pick-up' program, replacement of failed driveway culverts at no charge to the resident, garbage pick up along all roadways, and so forth. These mentioned services could be discontinued but would have a very detrimental effect on most if not all residents. In addition the Highway District provides drainage ditch corrections to maintain proper drainage of surface and underground water. This service could be curtailed or cancelled but would be extremely detrimental to homeowners. Any services that would be curtailed or cancelled that the residents currently enjoy would result in poorly maintained roads and ditches, and would have a very negative effect on the entire area.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
As Highway Commissioner for the past 12 years, I understand that all the required duties and work needed to maintain the Campton roads must be completed within the budget set from year to year. I have a business background as a business owner in Saint Charles for 19 years, and therefore have attempted to bring a business type of leadership to the Highway District. This means 'living within your means' and spending the tax payers dollar as efficiently as possible for the best results. As a law enforcement officer for 21 years including Chief of Police for the City of Plano, I bring a discipline type style of leadership to the office of Highway Commissioner with a no nonsense approach to solving everyday problems.