NAPERVILLE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE: Fred Spitzzeri
Family: Wife, Barbara; son, Nick, daughter, Megan.
Education: St. Ignatius College Prep; DePaul University, bachelor's degree and master's of science, clinical psychology professional; Loyola University School of Law, juris doctorate.
Employer: Law office of Alfred A. Spitzzeri, Naperville.
Political experience: Incumbent township trustee; former school board member; Republican precinct committeeman; chairman, Ways and Means Committee, Naperville Township Republican Organization.
Community involvement: St. Raphael's parish; Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce member; alumnus, Naperville Citizens Police Academy; Little League coach.
Q: What challenges are facing the township as surrounding cities continue to annex property and increase in population?
A: As township and municipal boundaries blur, increasing intergovernmental cooperation is vital. Fortunately, we enjoy excellent working relations with the cities of Naperville and Aurora, and DuPage County. Improving transportation, particularly public transit, is a challenge.
Q: Naperville has a reputation of being one of the best places to raise a family. In what ways can the township help the city become senior- and singles-friendly?
A: Naperville is becoming an increasingly expensive place to live. The township has helped by lowering its tax levy each year to the point where it is the lowest in 20 years. Our general assistance program benefits seniors and single moms, especially, as well as the Ride DuPage program.
Q: How would you describe your township to a visitor from outside the area?
A: Naperville Township is one of the most desirable communities in which to live, work and raise a family. Safe neighborhoods, good schools, parks and recreational facilities, solid business and tax basis.
Response to Chamber of Commerce Questionnaire: http://www.naperville.net/government/Candidate%20Response%202005/candidates_naperville_township_fred_spitzzeri.asp
“Trustee Fred Spitzzeri, his wife, Barbara, and their children make their home on the Southwest side of Naperville. Fred is engaged in the general practice of law with an emphasis in civil litigation. He is both a Certified Arbitrator and Mediator and is in his 19th year of practice. Fred is an active member of the legal profession and currently serves as Third Vice President of the DuPage County Bar Association and chairs the Lawyer Referral Service. In the past, Fred has served on the boards of various school districts and homeowner's associations, and is an alumnus of the Naperville Citizen's Police Academy. He is also an active member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce. Fred also serves as the Ethics Advisor for the Township and has provided in-service training on the state's ethics ordinance to other townships across the county.”
Candidates tackle growth issue in township
By Kathy Cichon
In Tuesday's election, six candidates are running for four seats on the Naperville Township Board of Trustees. Republican candidates are Esin Gina Busche, Fred A. Spitzzeri, Gary J. Vician and May Yurgaitis. Democratic candidates are Rick Klau and Janice L. Ilg. For candidate profiles, visit www.napersun.com and click on Election 2005.
Lisle, Wheatland Township elections uncontested
Lisle and Wheatland townships have no contested races for Tuesday's election.
The following are the candidates in offices up for re-election in Lisle Township:
Township supervisor: Charles B. Clarke, Republican.
Township clerk: Richard J. Tarulis, Republican.
Township assessor: John D. Trowbridge II, Republican.
Highway commissioner: Michael J. Dow, Republican.
Township trustee (four seats): Patricia G. Voras, Robert J. Klaeren II, Vito J. Modica and Samuel A. Smith, all Republicans.
The following are the candidates in offices up for re-election in Wheatland Township:
Township supervisor: Shirley A. Armstrong, Republican.
Township clerk: Georgeann Cole Karantonis, Republican.
Township assessor: Kelli Lord, Republican.
Highway commissioner: Dayton E. Jamagin, Republican.
Township collector: Donald Raue, Republican.
Township trustee (four seats): Robert Biedron, Barry P. Bonazzi, Diane M. Para and Jack Riley, all Republicans.
As the area continues to grow, how will Naperville Township handle the challenges of increased population and the potential increased need for services?
The six candidates vying for the four seats on the Naperville Township board recently addressed the issue.
In the past 16 years, the township population has more than quadrupled, said current trustee and Republican candidate Esin Busche. The major problem in Naperville is heavy traffic volume and congestion, she said.
The township, Busche said, can continue to work together with the cities of Naperville, Aurora and Warrenville to address those concerns, working to extend transportation services such as the current Ride DuPage (formerly called Dial-A-Ride), which offers transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
She praised the township's efforts in handling the growth, saying it has “so far done a good job of lowering the operational costs while maintaining a high quality of life in the area.”
The key, Klau said, is to find ways to communicate with the community that draw responses.
“They're just simply not aware,” he said.
He suggested publishing the township newsletter once a month instead of twice a year.
“Let's provide more in more varied ways,” he said. “I was in awe (learning) … what the township can do and does do, but that doesn't mean that it's doing everything it can do.”
Democratic candidate Janice Ilg said it is important to make sure the road infrastructure is able to handle the additional use.
“If the township grows too much, it's gridlock and nobody's happy,” she said.
The key, she said, is to keep infrastructure on par with new construction. That, Ilg said, must be done in a cost-effective way so people can continue to afford to live in the township.
Current trustee and Republican candidate Fred Spitzzeri said the township can't afford to publish a newsletter every month. But he did cite the assessor's page on the township Web site, which provides online property search information, reducing the need for staff members answering phone calls with inquiries.
Public transit is a growing need, Spitzzeri said. And as more land is considered for annexation into surrounding cities, there is an increased emphasis on municipalities working together.
“Intergovernmental cooperation becomes more and more important,” he said.
He said the township has a good relationship with neighboring governments, including the cities of Naperville and Aurora, as well as DuPage County and state representatives.
Current trustee and Republican candidate Gary Vician said he would look to other townships that have experienced the situation for guidance.
“What I believe in doing is using research and information from townships that have gone through this kind of growth,” he said.
He said Naperville Township can learn from their successes and avoid their mistakes. Vician also said it is important to keep personnel-related expenses down. He too cited the assessor's Web page as a way to keep costs low through the use of technology.
Republican candidate May Yurgaitis was recently appointed deputy trustee by the board in the absence of Trustee Richard Price, who has been unable to serve for health reasons. Yurgaitis will serve until Price returns or his term expires May 15. Price is not seeking re-election.
Yurgaitis said as a trustee she would be a liaison between the township services and the public. While the services would stay the same, she would like to see increased communication of what's available. She also said she would look to have the township work more efficiently.
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