Lombard Village President
Three candidates are running for Lombard village president in the April 7 election.
The incumbent, William Mueller, has been in the office since 1993. Challenger Rick Soderstrom is currently a village trustee and challenger Sam Jaber is a local business owner.
We asked all the candidates several questions about why they wanted to run for the village president spot and their edited responses follow. For their complete answers, visit dailyherald.com.
Q. What are the three most important goals or objectives the Lombard village board should tackle in the coming term.
Jaber: To listen to the chamber of commerce, and the business owners who bear the brunt of these hard times, improving their businesses would help the village with job creation and additional tax revenues. This we cannot ignore. We need to unite the board first of all if we want to accomplish anything for Lombardians.
Mueller: Fiscal Responsibility. The village should continue to maintain a proactive stance in carefully monitoring the financial resources of the community with proactive, yet financially prudent, planning for both services and capital improvements as reflected in our strategic plan and capital improvement plan. With our budget for the coming fiscal year, I asked the village board to budget for our needs and not our wants. With the coming budget we begin the process of cost reduction with no increase in taxes and no reduction of services.
The current economic conditions that both our residents and businesses face force us to do business in a different way. I will suggest to the village board that we implement a Shop Lombard program with pride dollar discounts for shopping in Lombard and that we ask our local businesses to provide us with their needs for employment opportunities which we can list on our Web site as a resource for our residents.
Prudent budgeting has allowed Lombard to maintain our AA+ bond rating and remain strong financially. I will continue to work with the village board to make appropriate conservative financial decisions so that we can maintain our strong fiscal condition.
Intergovernmental Relations. Lombard has had a history of community partnerships. I salute the success of our partnerships with other taxing bodies as well as our many civic and business organizations. As we face many fiscal and budgetary challenges, it is important that we continue to work together to strengthen our relationships, to focus on problem solving and to continue working in a spirit of strong intergovernmental cooperation and most importantly, I want to utilize the strengths of each member of the village board to help continue our success of cooperation.
Future Vision for Development and Infrastructure Needs. We can accomplish this by implementing the Downtown Vision recommendations, the Roosevelt Road corridor study and continue to address the villages infrastructure needs by resolving and completing our capital improvement projects, including the improvement and signalizations of Madison Street and Route 53, the improvement of the bridge between Lombard and Glen Ellyn, the improvement of Main Street between St. …