Bachelor's Degree, Ag Business/Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Business owner / Operating Engineer, TJH CONTRACTING INC
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I bring 15+ years experience as an excavating contractor and business owner, including budgets, estimating, personnel management, and public relations. I have extensive experience in snow removal, road construction, maintenance and storm water management. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. I started with a shovel in my hand, have worked my way through every aspect of this business, and have an appreciation for the teamwork it requires. I enjoy being in the field operating heavy equipment, driving a truck and problem solving. At the same time, the budgets and office requirements are crucial to any successful business. I bring a hands-on approach to every job, and that will carry over to the way I run the highway department. I am a team player and I consider the crew I am working with to be part of a team. I will listen and evaluate all ideas that are brought to my attention and make the best decision possible.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
1.Develop a road repair/ maintenance program, so we are not always using temporary “band-aids” to fix our roads.(Kreutzer Rd, Ballard Rd, just to name a few) By establishing a road program the highway commissioner can prioritize which roads/bridges need to be repaired or replaced based on their condition. This can be a very useful tool for budgeting purposes. Once the plan is in place and followed, the infrastructure of the township will be continuously upgraded and will be manageable to live within our budget. 2.Use township resources to the fullest extent, including applying for applicable grants to more efficiently use taxpayer dollars. Work with other municipalities through intergovernmental agreements to make sure roads are maintained in a cost effective manner. There are programs offered through various federal/ state/county agencies to assist the funding of specific projects. Work with the county and other townships to buy supplies such as salt/gravel in a bulk quantity and pay a lower unit price for these items. 3.Maintain all township equipment to maximize its useful life. By properly maintaining our equipment at specific service intervals, this will reduce operating cost in the long run and prevent premature failures. Washing equipment after each snow event to reduce the effects of salt on our equipment. The equipment should be waxed annually to protect its finish.
Would you support freezing your taxing district\'s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I believe that question cannot be answered intelligently until the financial audits for the township are completed and we know exactly where we are at financially. I will support what is in the best interest of the township as a whole, not one particular department or another.
What one decision by the township board do you most disagree with and why?
The decision made by the township board that I most disagree with was to approve a budget knowing they would end with a negative balance,and not operating within their means. One would not run their personal finances this way, so why do this to the taxpayers of Grafton Township.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
To be clear the “board” consists of the 4 trustees and the supervisor. With that being said,I have not seen any positive accomplishments of the board in the past year. There have been too many personal agendas and infighting to get anything worthwhile accomplished. The only accomplishment of this board has been wasting taxpayers’ money because they simply could not agree on what was best for Grafton Township.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I will bring true fiscal responsibility to the Grafton Township Highway Department thru my knowledge, experience and commitment. In the Road District, this means more than just saving money. The Highway Commissioner needs to comprehend all facets of the job and possess the skills and experience to efficiently and correctly complete the work the first time. Given my educational background and field experience, I possess these qualities. I am a third generation Grafton Township resident. Since my childhood, I have been very involved in the community. I was a 10 year member of the Huntley Harvestors 4-H club, was nationally recognized for community involvement on two separate occasions, I served on two separate foundations for the 4-H program. I am currently the leader of the Huntley Harvestors 4-H club; I am Vice President of the Huntley Lions Club, and a Member of the Village of Huntley Zoning Board of Appeals. I am a Charter Member of the Huntley Chamber of Commerce. I have the educational background, the field skills, and the office management experience needed to be successful in this position. I believe strongly in working cooperatively with accountability, integrity and transparency. My endorsements include Huntley Village President Charles Sass, Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen and IUOE 150. Please visit www.restoregraftontownship.com for more information.