Candidate Name: Lee Kaseska
Office Seeking: Park District Board of Commissioners
Subdivision/Neighborhood: I live in Clow Creek Farm.
Closest Park: Pradel Park is in our subdivision.
Occupation and/or Professional Training: I’m a retired ER Nurse from University of Illinois in Chicago.
How long in years have you been a Naperville resident? I’m a 20 years resident of Naperville.
Community Service on Boards and Commissions with dates served:
I’m the Treasurer of Clow Creek Farm HOA. I’ve been on the board for 1 year.
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1. Why are you running to serve the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners?
I would like to donate my time to serve the residents of Naperville. I also would like to hire more full time police officers in our parks to protect our residents.
My other focus would be to provide more summer time job opportunities to our high school and college students.
2. What is the park district’s most pressing need?
I believe police protection in the parks is the most important issue going forward. There are currently only 2 full time police officers and several part time officers.
3. What’s the best way to engage the community while planning Capital Projects?
I believe the board meetings are the best economical way to engage the public.
4. Name three park district policies that need review or immediate attention.
We need to look at what our goal is for the security in our parks. We need to have a study done that clearly identifies how many police officers are needed to safely protect our residents in the parks. This is the main one at this time.
5. How often are you in touch with members of the current park board? And do you attend/watch park board meetings live or after they’re saved in the archive?
I have watched zoom meetings on youtube and have gone in person and introduced myself to the board.
6. What up-and-coming City of Naperville development will impact park district funding/planning the most? As a board member, where would you look to make budget adjustments?
I will have to get back with you on this particular issue. I need to fully understand the finances of the Naperville Park District.
7. What’s the best way to communicate landscape changes such as the Park Meadow Plan to neighboring residents?
I think there are 3 ways to give residents information.
- Board meetings
- Park bulletin boards
8. What new use, if any, do you imagine for the facility known as the Riverwalk Café?
We will have to wait and see this summer.
9. What’s your favorite Naperville Park District park or facility?
10. When was the last time you read the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?
I actually have been reviewing it a lot this last year. I have a pocket copy I use.
11. What recreational need is missing in Naperville that could be proposed/provided/funded by the Naperville Park District?
I think that the Naperville Park District needs an orchard. We also should have a zoo of all our native animals and green house with our native plants. Maybe a sanctuary for deer and wildlife.
12. What’s the best way to address differences of opinion among board members or between the board and park district administration?
I think we need to discuss these at our board meetings.
13. Share a childhood memory that features a visit to a park! (Please include city and state)
I remember taking my boys to Centennial Beach swimming and playing in the sand (Awesome).
Anything else you’d like to add?
I love the Naperville Park District and I hope that if I’m elected I can do as good a job as the commissioners who are leaving.