Local Election

Election 2019: Robert (Bob) Smith, Algonquin village board

Name: Robert (Bob) Smith

Age:58

Town: Village of Algonquin

Office sought Village Trustee

Occupation: Midwest Regional Manager for International Freight Forwarder

Previous elected or appointed offices: Village Trustee from 1993 to 2017

Campaign E-mail address: bobs081884@gmail.com

Campaign Website: bobsmithfortrustee.com

1. What is your largest priority for Algonquin if elected?

I will continue to work to keep Algonquin a safe and healthy community to live and raise your family. The job of a Trustee is to be the representative of the people of Algonquin. I will continue to listen to the residents and work with them to find real solutions to the challenges we face. Over the years I have brought many ideas to the board that have help improve our community and will continue to do so is given the opportunity again.

2. What changes should Algonquin make in the future?

A good line of communication is the best way to ensure that the residents needs are being addressed. I will continue to work to see that we are utilizing as many tools and opportunities as possible to keep the Residents updated and informed on what is going on in the village. I will see that everyone that wants to address the village board will get the full opportunity.

3. What are your thoughts on video gaming in the village?

As a trustee, I brought this issue up to the village board. I had been asked by local business to see if the Village would allow video gaming after the state law had passed. I believed strongly that we needed to support our local business and allow them to be able to compete with the business in neighboring towns. I spoked with some of the business to see how allowing video gaming would help them. I suggested that they come to the committee of the whole meeting when this was going to be discussed so that it would have the most impact on the village board members. The issued passed and the village also moved to use the added tax revenue to help support our parks and recreation programs.

4. What makes you stand out compared to the other candidates?

I served on the village board as a trustee for 24 years. I have the experience and leadership to help keep the village moving forward. In my professional life, I have over 36 years of customer service experience. During my time on the board, I have helped make great improvements in opening the lines of communication with the residents. We had streamlined our meetings to make them more efficient and easier for residents to come and speak out on the issues. I have been a part of the many changes that have improved our village.

I have been able to work with my fellow board members to make the difficult decisions needed to move forward. Over the years I have proven to be a leader willing to fight for the rights of the people of Algonquin

5. What else should voters know about you?

My wife and I moved to Algonquin in 1987 to raise our family. I first got involved with the community in 1989 when I joined the Algonquin JC’s. I found that Algonquin has a true sense of community here with a long and rich history. I have worked to be respectful of our history and the people that helped shaped Algonquin from the beginning.

I will continue to work to provide our residents with the highest level of quality services. I will keep working on lowering our taxes.

I will continue supporting the Recreation Department and improving our parks and open space.

6. What are your thoughts on how the village has handled downtown construction. Longmeadow Parkway, attracting businesses to the east side?

The re-development of the downtown is a big project that was I a part of from the beginning the goal is to make downtown a destination point. New business are starting open. We need to work with the local business and the residents to help them get through the construction. We need to work to improve parking and keep the businesses and residents update on the construction schedule. The village has been working on this and needs to continue. Longmeadow Parkway is moving along and the updates and schedule are on both the village and Kane County websites for people to follow and get more information.

When I was on the village board we had started to look into adding additional personal to help with our economic development.

The village now has new personal on staff and under contract to working only on economic growth. We are still bringing in new business to the community. Weneed to work with the property owners and developers. We need to be looking at every opportunity to find the best fit for the area and our community.

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