4 Candidates Vie for 3 East Dundee Trustee Seats
Four candidates will compete April 13 for the position of East Dundee Village Trustee.
Anthony R. Arnone, 58, is a sales executive and president of Arnone and Associates. He has been an East Dundee trustee since April 1997. Arnone was a member of the East Dundee Planning and Zoning Board from 1983 to 1987 and was a member of the West Dundee Planning and Zoning Board from 1971 to 1983.
Arnone was also a Boy Scout leader from 1982 to 1987 and has been involved in priesthood leadership programs through his church for the last 15 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, attaining the job of infantry platoon sergeant.
Robert D. Szalla, 52, is a quality manager at Astro Machine Corp. in Elk Grove Village and an incumbent trustee. He is a chairman of the Fox Valley Regional Cable Commission and chairman of the village's legal committee. He was chairman of the Triangle Homeowners Association from 1990 to 1992 and of the village's telecommunications committee from 1997 to 1998. Szalla is a lay reader at his church and previously taught Sunday school to fifth- and sixth-graders for three years.
Michael J. Ruffulo, 50, is the owner of Up and Running Business Services Inc. in East Dundee. He was a member of the village's telecommunication committee and has been a member of the East Dundee Plan Commission since November 1997. He has been a treasurer of the Tri-Cities Little League since 1995 and treasurer of the Dundee Township Tourist Center since 1996. Ruffulo also has been a board member of the Dundee Township Fine Arts Center.
Howard A. Schock, 40, is an automotive technician at Torco Olds Cadillac in East Dundee. He has been a member of the East Dundee Zoning Board since January 1998 and ran for village trustee in 1997. Schock is a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee.
The Daily Herald asked the candidates to answer several questions. Here are some of their answers:
Question: A resident recently approached the board about getting out of the historic district of the village. What are some of the regulations that go along with living in the historic district? Have you heard other residents complain about living in (or not living in) the historic district?
Anthony R. Arnone: The regulations are designed to retain the original, authentic exterior look of the buildings in the district. When a change is requested, the petitioner must go before the historic commission to get approval. It is a matter of them regulating the historical look of the area.
This is a valuable asset to those who wish to restore their homes and be assured the surrounding neighborhood will be in conformance. I have experienced one petitioner who was complaining about the system.
However, I feel there is a need for re-evaluating the boundaries of the historic district. I do not feel the buildings on Route 72, from the river east to Van Buren, have any historic or esthetic nature to preserve as an entire area. It only makes it more difficult for a building owner to improve his building.
Michael J. Ruffulo: I believe that East Dundee should be proud of its history and that we should try to maintain the historic aspects of our village as much as possible. …