Roscoe candidates sound off
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
By Amanda Podgorny
Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:42 AM CDT
ROSCOE — Candidates for Roscoe Village Board President and Trustee positions as well as candidates for the Hononegah School Board gathered Monday night to share their visions during a candidate forum.
The forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the North Suburban Library District, was moderated by Bernard Sundstedt, the vice president of institutional advancement at Rockford College, and was held at the North Suburban District Library- Roscoe Branch, 5562 Clayton Circle.
Candidates for village president have all served time on the Roscoe Village Board in the past. They are Stacy Mallicoat, current village president Dave Krienke, Sharon Atkins and Dave DeCarlo.
The presidential candidates were asked about economic development and infrastructure, something all candidates believe needs to be improved in Roscoe.
Mallicoat said that currently he has to drive to Chicago for his job, which is based in Machesney Park because "that’s where the work is.” Maillcoat hopes to bring jobs to Roscoe.
"Businesses don’t just walk in the door any more,” Mallicoat said. "You have to go out and find them.”
While Krienke agrees that Roscoe does need to bring in more jobs, he stands by the work he has done to bring in new businesses while serving on the board.
"I do think Roscoe is a great place to live and I would like to make it a great place to work,” Krienke said.
Atkins has a different viewpoint when it comes to economic development in Roscoe. She plans to hire a marketing firm that will promote Roscoe to businesses.
"We obviously know we can do a better job and market Roscoe — and I would like to do that,” she said.
DeCarlo said focusing retail development will help the village create funds to improve the infrastructure of Roscoe. Like Atkins, he believes there needs to be a new approach to marketing Roscoe.
"We haven’t put together a package to go out and present to people,” DeCarlo said. "But what have we done? Absolutely nothing.”
Candidates for the three village trustee positions also answered a question about the top three issues in Roscoe. Candidates in attendance were Kevork Muradian, Dale Keller, Robert Baxter and Carol Gustafson. Lowell Smith was not present.
The common points between all candidates were jobs, safety and controlled development.
Muradian and Baxter both stressed the safety of the village’s children, saying there is currently nowhere for children to play within their neighborhoods causing them to flow out onto the streets.
Muradian also would like to see controlled development within Roscoe.
Baxter felt Roscoe is not "laying out the welcome mat” for businesses or residents and hopes to improve upon that.
Keller was interested in bringing more jobs and businesses to the area, where Gustafson was focused on budget issues and promoting regionalism.
Also in attendance at the forum were candidates for Hononegah School Board. John Sole, Dave Kurlinkus, Mary Lewis and Jeff Schultz were present at the forum and answered a question centering on what makes a good school board member. Absent from the forum was Matt Kentner and Dave Bergeron.
This story appeared at http://www.beloitdailynews.com/articles/2011/03/29/news/local_news/news2905.txt on March 29, 2011.