LAKEMOOR – Matt Dabrowski has quite the to-do list.
The Lakemoor trustee is set to resign his seat to become the village’s first director of community and economic development in August.
First on his list are pending annexations, the extension of the sanitary sewer system to Routes 120 and 12 and deciding on a site for the new Village Hall, he said. After that, he’ll move on to the design and creation of the Village Hall and work on business retention and outreach.
“It’s going to be pretty busy come Aug. 5 when I plan to begin working in Lakemoor,” Dabrowski said.
Dabrowski currently is employed as a senior planner with Arlington Heights, where he has worked since March 1999. Before that, he was a planner with the village of Bolingbrook.
He managed major projects there, including the Arlington Downs mixed-use development, a $250 million project that includes three apartment buildings, commercial space, a hotel and a water park, according to his resume.
While Dabrowski is looking forward to watching Lakemoor grow, he said, the village’s size of about 6,000 will be an obstacle.
“I think the biggest challenge is going to be getting business to the community,” he said. “Arlington Heights has the name recognition. It has the location. It’s a place businesses want to go. Lakemoor is on the northern end of the metropolitan area. It’s going to be more challenging to get businesses out there. Plus the population is less dense.”
The Village Board offered Dabrowski the job because of his experience as a trustee and on the Zoning Board of Appeals, Village Administrator David Alarcon said. The position was not advertised.
Dabrowski was heavily involved in developing the village’s new comprehensive plan and its downtown master plan and design guidelines.
Making Morrison Park, which sits north of Lily Lake, the centerpiece of the village was Dabrowski’s vision, Alarcon said.
“We’ve spent almost four years planning for the future,” he said. “We have a good plan, and we want to implement it. The economy is going on. It’s a very competitive market. It’s important for us to have that person to advertise the village and continue building on our plan.”
The job will pay $85,000, the same as Lakemoor’s other department heads, he said.
Dabrowski makes $103,348 with the village of Arlington Heights, according to village documents.