Campaign Website: www.MarinelloForCityCouncil.com
Slogan: “Naperville Needs Nancy”
Circle one: Employed, Unemployed or Retired?
Response: I retired in 2008 after a 30 year career in the public utility business, working in the areas of accounting, strategic planning, regulatory/legal and procurement. I earned two degrees: a BA in Finance and Business Economics and a Juris Doctor, Law, with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Law.
If employed, where?
Response: I am currently an Arbitrator in Cook County and DuPage County, and a Guardian ad Litem for the elderly and disabled in DuPage County. After my retirement in 2008, I studied Elder Law, learning that the elderly and disabled face similar challenges.
How long have you lived in Naperville?
Response: I have lived in Naperville since 1991. My husband and I are residents of Farmstead Subdivision.
1. What motivated you to run for Naperville City Council?
Response 1: I view public service on the City Council as another opportunity for me to serve the community. I have been a volunteer in Naperville since 2001. I also believe the City Council should be comprised of citizens with expertise and experience in the issues that come before the council for action.
2. If elected to serve your community, will you accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville?
Response 2: No. I will not accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville.
3. If elected, how much time per week are you willing to give to prepare for City Council meetings, budget workshops and liaison appointments on boards/commissions?
Response 3: As many hours that are necessary to complete the job.
4. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan City Council?
Response 4: I bring three skill sets to the nonpartisan City Council.
- A. An in-depth knowledge of public utilities and business gained from a 30 year career in the areas of accounting, strategic planning, regulatory/legal and procurement.
- B. Twenty years of experience interacting with regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C., Illinois and other states.
- C. Five years of experience as an Arbitrator since I retired from the business world.
5. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?
- A. Reduction or revision of regulations that result in higher costs of living and doing business in Naperville.
- B. Affordable housing
- C. Improvement of the flow of traffic to reduce congestion, while helping to develop transportation and parking options for all citizens and commuters.
6. Do you favor term limits for City Council and other local/state governing bodies?
Response 6: YES, I favor term limits for all local, state and federal bodies.
7. Name one contribution you have made to our city that you think was most significant of your community service to date.
Response 7: My service on the Board of Directors of Naperville Elderly Homes, a/k/a Martin Avenue Apartments. This is a low-income, independent living residence with 121 apartments within walking distance of Edward Hospital and Downtown Naperville. I am on the Residential Service/Tenant Relation Committee where we strive to provide services in the areas of health, wellness and education.
8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?
Response 8: I have served the community as a volunteer for over a decade in the following organizations:
- Naperville Evening Kiwanis
- Naperville Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
- Naperville Elderly Homes (a/k/a Martin Avenue Apartments)
- Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, Auxiliary
- Linden Oaks Hospital
- City of Naperville Public Utilities Advisory Board
- Omnia Performing Arts Center
9. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the city, what would it be?
Response 9: Development of more affordable housing, within walking distance of existing businesses and train stations. This would stimulate shopping in Naperville, and also help provide one solution to transportation concerns.
10. How do you hope to be perceived by city staff, city manager, other council members and constituents?
Response 10: As a thoughtful person who will analyze issues and help develop appropriate responses while recognizing that government must respect the privacy and personal property rights of its citizens. These are the foundations of a free society.
11. What business development needs can you identify?
- Finding new tenants for vacated buildings in strip malls like the Ogden 6 mall with the empty K-Mart building.
- Collaboration between the City of Naperville and the DuPage Community Foundation to develop a venue in Naperville that will serve the needs of the DuPage based arts groups as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
12. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses?
Response 12: Review ordinances to ensure they are not impeding the retention and attraction of corporations and small businesses, and eliminate onerous, out of date requirements
13. What can the City Council do to help keep real estate and property values in check?
Response 13: The City must keep attracting and retaining corporate and business taxpayers. They pay taxes to our schools, just like residents, and add substantial revenue to the bottom line of our school districts. The City is only one taxing body on our property tax bills and the rate for the City on my bill decreased from 2008 (.3757) to 2013 (.3139). All other rates increased.
14. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?
Response 14: It is difficult to build affordable housing, such as condos and apartments now, because the developer, in order to make a profit, needs to build higher. Current height restrictions impede the development of affordable housing for residents of all ages and incomes.
15. What service provided by the City of Naperville do you deem most important? Least important?
Response 15: “Most important” for all are public utilities and public safety “Least important” to me is one that is in the works: Overnight parking electronic sign-up.
16. Are you a member of a service club or nonprofit board of directors that receives SECA funds or other grants from the City of Naperville? NO YES If yes, which one(s)?
Response 16: Yes, Naperville Elderly Homes, a/k/a Martin Avenue Apartments receives Community Development Block Grants (CDBD). These are funds returned to taxpayers from HUD. Recent grants received by Martin Avenue Apartments were used to upgrade the kitchens for our residents and the air conditioning/air handling systems.
17. What city amenity is most important and how do you think it should be funded/raise revenue?
Response 17: The Naperville Public Library is tops on my list, followed closely by the Naperville Park District. They are financed through a separate tax levy on our property tax bill and fees. The City provides centralized services for their operations, such as procurement, in an efficient, non-duplicative manner. I agree with this method of funding.
18. How would you qualify Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) applicants for funding?
Response 18: The SECA funds come from the city-wide 1% Food and Beverage Tax and approximately $2.5 million is given to qualified applicants. I would follow the current qualification procedures detailed in the SECA Policy and Procedures Manual available on the City website. These requirements include, but are not limited to: (a) event must be in the City; (b) the applicant must be a non-profit/not-for-profit; (c) the event cannot promote religion or religious organization; and (d) the applicant cannot be a social service agency.
19. What is your opinion of the bidding and letting process at the City of Naperville?
Response 19: The Procurement process is EXCELLENT – just as transparent, ethical and accountable as the Procurement process at AT&T. I worked in Procurement at AT&T for five years, issuing RFPs and awarding contracts, with some for similar items purchased by the City (precast concrete products and hand holes). The City process is available for viewing on the City website.
20. In addition to employee salaries and public safety, place in order of importance to you 12 assets and public/private partnerships that currently receive funding from the City of Naperville.
Response 20: Stephanie knows I was somewhat confused by this question and she told me “assets” to her could include the arts organizations and festivals. Jumping off from that – I decided it is not the EVENT that is important, but rather the VOLUNTEERS who make the events happen. The TRUE ASSETS of our community are the many volunteers that make this city and events work so well for all. Some are listed below in no particular order:
1. Naperville Evening Kiwanis;
4. Exchange Club;
5. Lions Club;
6. Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873;
7. American Legion Post 43;
8. Naperville Art League;
9. DuPage Symphony;
10. Century Walk;
11. And various City of Naperville Commissions and Task Forces.
My favorite event is going to be one that serves 2,000 pancake breakfasts once a year: The Annual Kiwanis Pancake Festival. Why? I have been one of those people who “flip for Naperville” since 2001.