Slogan: Common Sense Approach
Employed: United Association of Plumbers Local 130-Chicago
Number of years in Naperville: 49 years
1. What motivated you to run for Naperville City Council?
To continue my love of giving back to a community in which my family has lived for 8 generations.
2. If elected to serve your community, will you accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville?
No. Part time government officials should not receive benefits when part time employees for the city have to put in at least 30 hours a week to receive the same benefits.
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?
To date, 50 weeks into the year, I’ve put in 1068 hours, which figures out to be an average of 21.36 hours a week. I plan to continue to put in this many hours per week if re-elected.
4. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan City Council?
I have both experience in the construction field (26 years) which helps me know what is being requested in developments as well as CIP projects throughout our departments. Also, with my 3 ½ years as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner and 6 years experience on the city council, I have the skill set needed for the job.
5. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?
- 1. Budget. Keeping a close eye on the bottom line, continuing to be fiscally responsible and ensuring the best value for residents, is the leading issue facing the City in the coming years as we approach build out.
- 2. Public safety throughout the City. Ensuring that our residents are safe throughout our community, whether it be downtown at night or around our schools.
- 3. Senior opportunities – specifically services available for seniors and future housing needs for our baby boomers so they can continue to live in Naperville.
6. Do you favor term limits for City Council and other local/state governing bodies? YES
7. Name one contribution you have made to our city that you think was most significant of your community service to date.
For the past four years I have continued to be diligent with your tax dollars which has resulted in a savings of at least one hundred dollars to the average household while maintaining our great services in the City of Naperville. This was done during the worst time of the economy in Naperville’s history when most towns were increasing taxes.
8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?
- Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission
- Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) board member
- Community Alliance for Prevention board member
- Crime Stoppers board member
- Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation past director
- Naperville Healing Field of Honor board member 2012, 2015
- Naperville Advisory Commission on Disabilities
- Westside Homeowners Association past president
- Community First founding and board member
- Naperville Settlement Museum board member
9. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the city, what would it be?
Bring back the fall brush pick-up service.
10. How do you hope to be perceived by city staff, city manager, other council members and constituents?
In a leadership role you have to be a good listener, fair, impartial and unbiased in your daily activities. Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated.
11. What business development needs can you identify?
We need to find solutions or opportunities to help fill our vacant store fronts in our various strip centers. Small businesses offer opportunities to the entrepreneur, diversity in our products and services, creates job opportunities and is an important part of our tax base.
12. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses?
For retaining business we need continue to provide a safe environment as well as providing competitive rates on their utilities and services that need to be delivered in a timely manner. To attract businesses we have been very successful working with the Chamber of Commerce and the Naperville Development Partnership leadership teams in targeting businesses that will bring quality jobs and revenues to Naperville. We need to continue to build on this practice.
13. What can the City Council do to help keep real estate and property values in check?
We can’t allow neighborhoods to deteriorate. Through strict code enforcement we can control deterioration of our neighborhoods. Keeping our neighborhoods safe and clean through our city and public safety programs. Continue to seek solutions for neighborhoods that might need a boost in the upkeep of their homes. For example, the possibility of support from local banks with their community reinvestment programs.
14. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?
By keeping our master plans in check that have all the various residential components that address entry level housing to housing for our seniors.
15. What service provided by the City of Naperville do you deem most important? Least important?
Most important would be police and fire departments. Public safety should be our number one goal as a city councilman.
As for the least important, I think all of our services have a certain level of importance to those that need them.
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
17. What city amenity is most important and how do you think it should be funded/raise revenue?
The Naperville Riverwalk also known as the “Crown Jewel” of Naperville is currently funded both publicly and privately and has been very successful to this day.
18. How would you qualify Special Event and Cultural Amenities (SECA) applicants for funding?
All qualified applicants should be for not-for-profit 501 C(3 ) organizations that reside in Naperville or support Naperville events within Naperville.
19. What is your opinion of the bidding and letting process at the City of Naperville?
I believe the process that we have in place today is working and is very proficient. The City of Naperville’s procurement team has won numerous international and national awards including the Pareto Award of Excellence which only six other towns nationally have won, as well as, fourteen years in a row they have won the Achievement of Excellence Award by the National Purchasing Institute. All of our employees are certified by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council. We require at least three bids when we go out for bid for goods and services. For bids over $100,000.00, the bid needs the approval from the City Council and for bids under $100,000.00, the bid can be approved by the City Manager.
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.
1. Our Downtown
2. The Riverwalk
3. Our Libraries
4. The Heritage Society / Settlement
5. The Naperville Municipal Band
6. Our Water, Electric and Public Works Departments
7. Naperville Development Partnership
8. Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
9. North Central College
10. Our service organizations ie: Exchange club, Jaycees, Lions, Kiwanis, etc.
11. All our not-for-profit organizations
12. Our VFW Post 3873