Control Systems Manager, Exelon Corporation
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
My 35 year professional career with Exelon Corporation managing multi-million dollar utility projects has proven very beneficial in my role as Village Trustee and Chairman of the Public Works Committee. I am well versed in the Village’s daily operational demands as well as the challenges we face in addressing our capital infrastructure needs. Understanding these challenges and finding solutions requires the type of experience and leadership I will continue to provide. Public Works projects are complicated and financially demanding. My experience and expertise demonstrates I am the most qualified candidate for Trustee to manage and oversee these projects for the Village of Johnsburg.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
1. Secure funding to allow the residents of Johnsburg affordable access to sewers 2. Preserve our natural resources, most importantly the Fox River and connected waterways. 3. Maintain our roadways and infrastructure by seeking funding opportunities. My first two priorities go hand-in-hand, without sewers our natural resources continue to be unprotected. Our biggest challenge is to secure funding as construction costs increase and government funding is drying up. Sewer access must be affordable for the residents in addition to being a high priority to protect our natural resources. My third priority is essential, so we can maintain safe roadways within the village. With 50 miles of roadways within the village, we must have a comprehensive plan to manage and monitor them. Additionally, funding must be available for resurfacing. As oil prices increase, so does repaving.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I would support reduction, removal or freezing of any tax upon the village residents as long as it fits within the overall village budget process. At issue with freezing the tax levy, is the inability to capture tax revenues from expanded growth. Revenue from growth is essential for Johnsburg as we continue to build our commercial corridor.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
I have been on the board for just one year, at this point I don’t know of a decision that I disagree with. That being said, I will say that there have some discussions that have taken place, of which I did not agree with all perspectives. In the end though, I did agree with the result of the decision or vote.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
We took advantage of the 1 million dollars secured in State and Federal grant money to advance Johnsburg’s sewer infrastructure. By expanding the “backbone” of the sewer system we will reduce the overall cost to residents and businesses of Johnsburg. The project was delivered on time and within the budget with no cost to the residents.
Why should voters elect you to office?
My commitment to Johnsburg is absolute. Giving back to my home town has always been a top priority for me. While living in Johnsburg I’ve dedicated my time and talents to our community in many ways including Public Works and McHenry Township Fire Protection District at Company 2 in Johnsburg. The residents of Johnsburg should elect me based on my professional experience and demonstration of my involvement within the community over the past 30+ years.