Bachelor's Degree, Fine Art / Painting and Drawing, UW - Milwaukee
Master's Degree, Advertising, Medill, Northwestern University
Homemaker, Landscape Designer, Self
Married, Dennis Condon
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Education and training in Landscape Design and Landscape Architecture at College of DuPage and Illinois Institute of Technology. Geneva Park District Board, Treasurer,Elected Commissioner since 1999. Fox Valley Special Recreation Association Commissioner 2003-4. Kane County Certified Naturalist since 2007 Delnor Community Hospital Volunteer, 2011-2012 Geneva School District, fundraising, volunteer coordination, enrichment programming since 1994. Preservation Partners, Durant House, Fabyan Villa, and Japanese Garden-historic interpretation, programs,and fundraising,since 1995 Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School –Volunteer, 2005 - 2010. Misericordia,Chicago-Volunteer and fundraising since 1990.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
GPD is counted among the top 5% of agencies it’s size in Illinois. I will continue to support current projects that include improvements in customer service, ADA accessibility and energy efficiency updates. Fiscal resourcefulness has paired with grant funding during the 14 years I have been a board member to bring amenities such as the Butterfly House at Peck farm and most recently the bridge renovation in Island Park. Meeting the needs of our community and sustainable use of resources Continue to be top priorities for the Park District.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
The Geneva Park District levy falls under the regulations of the tax cap. Geneva continues to grow. The needs of the community continue to change. I support the use of strategic planning that uses regular community surveys and viable long and short range master plans to guide the district in levy requests.
What one decision by the board do you most disagree with and why?
The fiscal downturn has made it prudent for the park district to accept corporate sponsorship to help fund some improvements. Allowing advertising opportunities at select locations where appropriate is a recent development. I wish corporate sponsors weren’t necessary but agree with the boards decisions to allow this revenue source.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Completing the renovation of the bridge at Island Park. Analysis of the bridge for safety concerns was conducted almost 10 years ago. Grant funding was difficult to secure but thanks to the diligence of the park district staff the bridge project is finally complete. The Bridge will be dedicated this spring after the gardens have been planted.
Why should voters elect you to office?
Voters who know me know that I am passionate about our community. My family has years of extensive first-hand experience with park district programs as participants and as volunteers. My relationships with community members and other government agencies have developed with my service on the board helping to guide me in policy decisions. Since joining the board my interests have grown to include the study of landscape design and landscape architecture giving me a broader understanding of constraints that affect facility development. I appreciate serving as a park district commissioner in Geneva and with would like to ask voters to re-elect me to the Geneva Park District Board for another term.
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