Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Office sought: Village of Brookfield Trustee
Previous political experience: Village of Brookfield Trustee Candidate 2013
Previous community experience: Strong supporter and participant of village programs
Occupation: Derivatives Risk Analyst/Trader
Hillsdale College, B.A. Business Administration & Economics
Eastern Illinois University, M.A. Economics
What can the village realistically do to promote and encourage economic development, and where should those efforts be focused? How can village government help promote what essentially is private investment?
The major block with development is land. The village needs to acquire as much as it can, primarily along Ogden Ave.. That said, it needs to look at its zoning laws to accomendate new business. Also, the village needs to reduce local regulations on businesses-to maintain and attract new ones-and look into tax incentives for development.
The village has reacted to local flooding in recent years by instituting a flood-mitigation program and has taken steps to build a pump station at Forest and Washington. Has the village’s response to local flooding been adequate? What else can or should be done to help prevent floods from harming residents and their properties?
I am pleased with the pump station plans. More work needs to be done on our aging and outdated sewer system. Also, I would propose that citizens who choose to participate in the flood-mitigation program be able to fix their problem and then receive rebates as their number on the list comes up, rather than having to wait 2-3 years and keep having flooding problems. In addition, the alleys need, at best, to be grader lower with a higher quality of leveling and pitch.
The village had adopted an Open Space Plan and has made significant improvements to Kiwanis and Ehlert parks in recent years. What are your thoughts on those improvements and how should additional improvements be approached and funded?
I feel that they are a good start in developing the parks. I feel the parks are a big part in long term economic development and future improvements should be looked at with more diversity-I believe now we have far to many baseball fields which some could be used for other recreation. As far as funding; grants, village funds, and depending on the scope of improvements even bonds.
How should Brookfield fund and schedule necessary repairs to streets and other infrastructure?
Funding by grants, village reserves and borrowing through bonds, loans, etc.. Money as a commodity is as cheap as it will basically get. The village needs to invest in its infrastructure as much and as soon as possible-Another factor in economic development.
Are there areas where the village could be providing better service to residents? How? Should the village increase or decrease funding for certain services, programs and capital improvements? Why or why not?
Poor service at village hall is one of the most frequent complaints I hear. Also, the village internet page is extremely weak in comparison to other cities and the sidewalk replacement program needs to be expanded, to name a few
What is the most important issue facing the village in the next four years? What should be done about it?
Increased revenues without tax hikes-Start aggressively now on economic development
What other issues do you feel will be important for the next village board to address? How should they be addressed?
Water, sewer, garbage, etc costs to be adressed with extreme caution and just pass through costs only at best. Also, medical and pension costs willl be a big issue