Candidates Talk about What Could Be Changed
Eight candidates will be on the ballot for three seats on the Oakbrook Terrace City Council.
Incumbent Ken Gallt faces Ingrid Durham and James Tadlock in the 1st Ward.
Arnulfo (Arnold) Noble, Michael Sarello and Robert Shanahan are running in the 2nd Ward.
James Bliss and Martha Bojan are running in the 3rd Ward.
The Daily Herald asked each candidate a series of questions about issues facing the city. Here are some answers from 2nd Ward candidates:
Question: What changes are needed in the city and how would you help bring those about?
Arnulfo (Arnold) Noble: A: To set high standards as a council member. No fighting during the council meetings.
B: To help increase the revenue of the city by encouraging conferences and seminars to come into the city.
Michael A. Sarallo: I would want to revisit the contributions to the paramedic fund made from off-track betting money. This has to be a joint venture with our fire district. Life safety cannot be bartered.
Infrastructure programs need to be in place for short term as well as long range.
Reasonable water rates and policy put in place. Who will operate the water system?
MacArthur and 22nd streets traffic control.
The employees of the city have to be kept up to date in training and work-related issues. This will ensure the safety and quality we should expect our employees to deliver.
We are very behind in our historical needs. The city should explore the possibility of purchasing and restoring the farm house on Summit Avenue with tourism money. We should take the lead from other communities that have done the very same. We need to preserve our past for the future.
Robert J. Shanahan: I think the city needs to have a solid plan in place for the next five to 10 years. We need to make sure we are ready for storm sewers, new streets, curbs and sidewalks. The city needs to work closely with the park district to continue to provide excellent affordable programs without duplicating them.
Question: What would you do to improve the image of the town?
Arnulfo (Arnold) Noble: A. To help set up a senior citizen center. B. To set high standards as a council member. C. To help bridge the city to the new millennium, with a Web site and e-mail.
Michael A. Sarallo: Oakbrook Terrace's image is good based on what I have observed. Homes put up for sale, sell quickly, remodeling and improvements are being done. Nobody is leaving Oakbrook Terrace because that is their address.
Strides have been evident to improve the visible image of the city. Numerous Fortune 500 companies have centralized their headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, current established businesses have upsized and relocated again within our town. Developments such as the Drury Lane Theater give that positive message and image as well.
The first lines seen are your elected officials and if the message is an out of control council, what will they expect might happen. The way to start building this image is to be accountable and responsible for your position.
Robert J. Shanahan: I believe the image of our town does not need to be improved, but we do need to improve the image of our city government by bringing more professionalism to the city council.
Question: Are you happy with the direction the city is heading? Why or why not?
Arnulfo (Arnold) Noble: Yes, I'm happy with the direction the city is heading especially (since) the water is coming in; but I'm dissatisfied with the politicians and that is the reason I'm running as alderman.
Michael A. Sarallo: City water is a definite step in the right direction for the future. City water will bring changes and safeguards (that) need to be put in place.
We must stay focused and be proactive and not reactive. With the current disharmony, the city's best interest is not being put on top. …