Firefighter Paramedic, Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have been involved with the Village of Fox Lake for over 14 years as a Firefighter, a Street Department laborer and most recently a Village Trustee. I am a hands on person and I am very familiar with the inner workings of the Village and the wants and needs of the community.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My top priorities if re-elected as a Village Trustee are as follows. First, We will continue to encourage the improvement of the appearance of the Village of Fox Lake including an aggressive streets and sidewalk maintenance and replacement program, Second, we will continue to provide a business friendly environment for existing businesses and to encourage new business growth through the use of our new comprehensive plan. Third, we will continue to act fiscally responsible as a Village. When we took office our budget was in the red, currently the Village budget is in the black and we must continue to be responsible and accountable for the taxpayer’s monies if we wish to continue to grow as a community.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I would be in favor of removing our utility tax that was imposed almost 4 years ago. I was the only ‘no’ vote against this tax.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
My biggest disagreement with the Village board was when we updated our village codes including life safety codes. We adopted new building codes that were less restrictive and no longer included a zero square foot ordinance for fire sprinkler systems for commercial occupancies and we accepted and amended the 2011 International Residential Code to be less restrictive than the model code regarding fire sprinklers in new residential applications. I understand that times are tough but saving money with less life safety is not a solution only a problem. I have been a firefighter for over fifteen years and have seen the devastation that fire causes to life and property first hand and believe me, it can be absolutely horrifying at times. Fire sprinkler systems are designed to save lives and protect property and should not be considered to be a ‘bargaining chip’ or an unnecessary expense.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
There are many accomplishments of the Village board that are positive, most importantly we continue to run a balanced budget that is in the black. Without a balanced budget it is significantly more difficult to accomplish our goals.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I would like to be re-elected as I have worked on and wish to continue to work on several projects that are beneficial to the people of the Village of Fox Lake. I enjoy communicating with and helping the public with their needs as I take the job of Village Trustee very seriously dedicating much time to serving the community in a positive manor. I personally handle issues and concerns with the residents face to face or over the phone, I guide them in the right direction and do my best to see that their needs are met or issues are addressed in a timely fashion.
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