Your GTH Village Board candidates

DeWayne Bartels

John F. Ford

Age —  64

Address —  710 Grandview Way

Phone number — 657-1308

How long have you lived in GTH? —33 years

Activities of a political nature (past & present)? —  Germantown Hills Village Trustee- 1991-2003, 2006-present

Activities of a non-political nature (past & present)? — Past member of Citizens Advisory Committee for Germantown Hills Elementary and Metamora Township High School; Past Co-Chair of Germantown Hills Chilli Supper; past co-chair of Germantown Hills Octoberfest; Adult Leader at MTHS Snowball for 10 years; Present member of CASA; volunteer basketball, and softball coach at Germantown Hills School.

Why do you consider yourself qualified for this position? — My past and present commitment to the community, and my experience as a board member.

I also believe I am a level- headed person who can look at both sides of an issue and come to a vote that is best for the village.

What prompted you to run? — The community leaders, and the residents asked me to run.

Your top three issues? — Improve infrastructure, continue to work on smart growth for Germantown Hills, and make this a community that our children will want to live in.

If elected, how do you want to address these issues? — Set up a fund for Motor Fuel Tax money to save for major improvements, sidewalks, road improvements, work with future developers, and businesses, and continue to listen to residents’ concerns, and improve parks for all the families to enjoy. Work to keep taxes in check.

Mike Gaetz

Age — 54

Address — 207 Windsor Drive

Phone number — 370-9980

How long have you lived in GTH? — I am a life-long resident.

Activities of a political nature (past & present)? — Planning Commission 2004-06 and Village Board Trustee 2006 to 2011

Activities of a non-political nature (past & present)? — Coventry Farms Homeowners Association and driver for the MTHS Marching Band

Why do you consider yourself qualified for this position? — “I’m a life-long resident. My father was mayor. I like the community. I don’t want to see anything bad happen. I want to add my input.”

What prompted you to run? — “I want to retain my position on the village board. I’ve got a huge stake in the sewer plant.”

Your top three issues? — 1. Sewer plant repairs 2. Restoring civility among village board members 3. Working with the village employees

If elected, how do you want to address these issues? — “I’m going to continue what I’m doing, but step it up a notch.”

Theresa Olsen

Age — 39

Address — 303 Arbor Vitae

Phone number — Not provided.

How long have you lived in GTH? —I have lived in Germantown Hills for 7 1/2 years.  I am currently employed as a teacher aide in Germantown Hills school district for five years.

Activities of a political nature (past & present)? —I am currently serving as a member of the Planning Commission for Germantown Hills (since August 2010).

Activities of a non-political nature (past & present)? — I  was the co-director for the soccer program for Germantown Hills Athletic Association for three years (with my husband).  I also have volunteered for various activities in the Germantown Hills School district where my three children attend.

Why do you consider yourself qualified for this position? — I am qualified for this position because I am willing to have an open mind as the village explores future opportunities for growth and development.

What prompted you to run? — I decided to run to get more involved in the community where I live.  

I have seen the community grow in the time that I have lived here and I want to be involved in continued growth and progress.

Your top three issues? —One goal is to work with the business community in Germantown Hills in a positive way to promote continued growth of existing businesses and development of new businesses in the community.

The village has grown and there are opportunities for new businesses to serve the needs of the community.  

I value the quality of life in our small community and will continue to strive to maintain that quality while always remaining open to new ideas to improve our community.

If elected, how do you want to address these issues? —  Unanswered

Kenneth Slater

Age — 63

Address — 305 Whispering Oaks Drive

Phone number — 842-0034

How long have your lived in Germantown Hills? —  three years

Activities of a political nature (Past and present)? — Parents Advisory Committee Peoria Public School District 150; Trustee Village of Germantown Hills

Community activities of a non-political nature  (past and present)? — Elder at Christ Lutheran Church; Coach Limestone Jr. Soccer; PTA President Monroe Grade School; Junior Achievement Advisor for Caterpillar; Peoria Players

Why do your consider yourself qualified for this position? — I share a background with a great many of our residents: hard working, middle-class Americans who want our village to provide the most important and essential  services while ensuring they don’t break the bank.  I understand the fiscal realities facing our residents, as well as the value they place on the services the village provides.

I am deeply committed to improving the community. I was appointed a year ago by Mayor Mitchell to replace a trustee that resigned. As a facilities manger I coordinated the purchase and installation of large machining centers and top of the line water treatment systems.

I have been a member of the Independent Steel Workers Alliance, as well as the United Auto Workers. I believe that as I have been both a union member/committee man and a foreman/manager I can bring a fair and balanced view to the options of our village.

What prompted you to run? —  I have been carefully reviewing information going back many years to how things have been conducted in the past decades.

I was incredibly discouraged to find a great deal of important village business was being discussed and negotiated behind closed doors.

Further, these discussions and deliberations are never made public.

Every Germantown Hills resident should be kept informed as to how the village board is managing our limited resources.

If elected, I will work diligently to ensure that every resident can have their opinions, suggestions and concerns respectfully heard by the board and that all negotiations for the provisions of village services are carried out in a public forum.

Your top three issues? — Working with our current business and increasing the number of business in Germantown Hills by promoting the village as a business- friendly community, with a new library.

Lowering the operating expenses of our village by proper and efficient use of our resources.

Ensuring that all town business is conducted in a transparent manner.

If elected, how do your want to address these issues ? — Openly and above board. No “back room” dealings.

Brian Wysocki

Age — 31

Address — 1009 Holland Road

Phone number —.815-975-0912

How long have your lived in Germantown Hills? — five years

Activities of a political nature (past and present)? — Planning Commissioner GTH July 2009-Present, Economic Development Committee, active participant at Village Board and Committee meetings.

Community activities of a non-political nature  (past and present)? —  Asking residents to support local business.

Why do your consider yourself qualified for this position? — For the past two years I have been very engaged with local political activities through my involvement with the Planning Commission to my active participation on various topics discussed at board meetings and board committee meetings. I want to do more to serve my fellow residents.

What prompted you to run? —I originally became involved due to my frustration over the to my frustration over the condition of the village roads and this has evolved into a passion of public service.

Your top three issues? —In no particular order: roads, sewer, and business development/retention.

If elected, how do your want to address these issues ? — First off, we will have to wait until we have a facility plan which has already been approved to be performed. After that, we will have a more accurate picture of where we are presently and then can compare that to where we want to be regarding sewer infrastructure.

Our roads throughout the village are currently in very poor shape. In my opinion the village has been using a fix-as-fail approach regarding road repair/paving, and we need to be more proactive which will reduce cost over time.

We as a village will have to discuss various funding ideas to make this happen. Another idea which has already been touched on at previous board meetings is the possibility of curbs along Route 116. With curbs in place, the speed could be reduced through the village allowing  greater exposure to current business. I am and will continue to be open to input from the business community regarding ways and ideas that we the village can help them succeed.