Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Riverside-Brookfield Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Previous community experience: Former special events chairman, village of Brookfield. Former auxiliary member V.F.W. post #2868. President’s club and chariman’s award recipient for world savings for community loan program for low to moderate income families.
What can the village realistically do to promote and encourage economic development, and where should those efforts be focused?
Get new businesses to work with the zoo to help promote each other. The zoo is the largest asset we have and no one’s using it to their benefit.
What are your thoughts on recent park improvements and how should additional improvements be approached and funded in coming years?
Parks are getting there but need to focus a little more for the elderly. Grants are the way to pay for them.
How should Brookfield fund and schedule necessary repairs to streets and other infrastructure?
Money from state and federal. Tax payers are being hit hard enough with everything else from vehicle tags to permits to fix their homes.
What changes, if any, would you recommend in the makeup of the village’s administrative organization? Why?
Too many chiefs, not enough indians. You would think its a union saying it’s not my job! So they make up a position for somebody else to do it. Trim the fat – don’t pass the buck!
What is the most important issue facing the village in the next four years? What should be done about it?
Keeping the businesses that are still here open and help get the closed ones back open. More business = more jobs. More tax revenue and a much brighter village. We need to promote the village and get in some large businesses.
Are there any spending cuts or increases you would recommend? Are any areas off limits?
I’m a numbers guy. We need to take a step back and evaluate the whole picture. Start trimming fat and make our money work more efficiently. Gut unnecessary spending. Public safety and there offices are off limits. We need and demand our residents’ health and safety are not negotiable.
Should Brookfield seek a property tax referendum to increase operational revenues? Why or why not?
No. Residents are being taxed out of their homes.
What other issues do you feel will be important for the next village board to address? How should they be addressed?
For starters let’s try to keep our homeowner’s homeowner’s. We’re in tough economic times, taxes are up, people are out of jobs, home prices have plunged. I’ve seen a half dozen foreclosures on my block alone in the past 18 months. Vacant houses bring values down. Unsightly landscaping, no water revenue. Someone to go to out and solicit businesses to come into town. Offer incentives. Do something, cause doing nothing is going to put us under. I look at our neighbors east and west and scratch my head wondering why Brookfield can’t attract businesses like they do? We need to sharpen our image to get businesses back on track. Let’s not point fingers, let’s just do whatever it takes to get the job done.