Carole A. Batson-Armstrong: 2021 candidate for Mettawa village board
Six candidates are running for three trustee seats on the Mettawa village board
Age: Not provided
Occupation: Retired nurse practitioner
Civic involvement: Treasurer for Mettawa & Mettawa Openland Association Board Member
Q: How do you view your role in confronting the pandemic: provide leadership even if unpopular, give a voice to constituents -- even ones with whom you disagree, or defer to state and federal authorities?
A: Referring them to the Lake County Health Department or consult their Physician Group
Q: Did your town continue to adequately serve its constituents during the disruptions caused by the pandemic? If so, please cite an example of how it successfully adjusted to providing services. If not, please cite a specific example of what could have been done better.
A: Our community has not had any disruptions. We continue to meet virtually and provide meeting notes to the community, on our website
Q: In light of our experiences with COVID-19, what safeguards/guidelines should you put in place to address any future public health crises?
A: We provide information when it becomes available.
Q: What cuts can local government make to reduce the burden of the pandemic on taxpayers?
A: We have a fiscal responsibility act rebate, in place, to our residents.
Q: What do you see as the most important infrastructure project you must address? Why and how should it be paid for? Conversely, during these uncertain economic times, what infrastructure project can be put on the back burner?
A: We have no major infrastructure projects.
Q: Do you plan to address businesses that don't adhere to the governor's order to close or restrict business?
A: Our few businesses are following the guidelines. If necessary we would discuss any issues. We have a good relationship with them.
Q: Do you agree or disagree with the stance your board/council has taken on permitting recreational marijuana sales in the community? What would you change about that stance, if you could?
A: Our residents did not want recreational marijuana and I agree
Q: What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
A: We are always open to suggestions from our community.