2017 Oswego Candidate Questionnaire: Judy Sollinger, Oswego Village Board
Mar 20, 2017 07:14AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Employment: Real Estate Broker with Charles Rutenberg Realty
Family: Married to Rich Sollinger, two adult children, six grandchildren
Education: Aurora University, WCC, Numerous Seminars and Continuing Education Classes
Previously elected office: Oswego Village Clerk (1985-1992), Oswego Village Trustee (2010-Present)
Relevant community service:
- Current Oswego Senior Center Board Member
- Current Member Oswego Chamber of Commerce
- Past Oswego Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
- Past Member/Secretary Oswego Chamber LEADS Group 1
- Past KenCom Executive Board Member
- Past Member OEDC
- Past Founding Board Member Oswego Foundation for Educational Excellence
- Past Board Member Fox Valley Girl Scout Council
What makes you qualified to serve on the Oswego Village Board?
As a longtime (49 years) resident of Oswego, I believe I bring a unique perspective to the Board in that I have seen our community grow from 1,800 residents to nearly 34,000 residents. I am aware of the challenges created by the rapid growth and the necessity of addressing those issues while keeping our property tax rate flat and preserving our quality of life.
What do you believe is the role of a Village Board Trustee?
The Village Board is the governing body of the Village and is responsible for the adoption of an annual budget, municipal land use decisions and establishing village policies in accordance with Illinois statutes.
Oswego continues to have large-scale retail vacancies in the Route 34 corridor. What can and should the village be doing to help fill those vacancies?
The Village has hired an outstanding Economic Development Director and with her expertise and innovative approaches, economic development along the Route 34 corridor will be forthcoming.
As the redevelopment of Downtown Oswego begins to take shape, what specific infrastructure improvements should the village undertake to facilitate even more redevelopment?
Additional parking as proposed in the preliminary planning of the Alexander Lumber property will be a huge step in facilitating additional downtown redevelopment.
As District 308 faces a massive budget deficit in the next five years, what do you see as the village’s responsibility in helping to lessen the impact of these deficits on all residents?
Obviously having a respected school district is extremely important to the overall economic development of any community. The Village has established a policy of shared services and working closely with all local governing bodies thus saving considerable dollars. This Village Board has met with our local legislative leaders to encourage them to work together to approve a budget and to approve releasing funds that are owed to the municipality and to the school district.
As the village prepares to cope with even fewer dollars from the state, are there areas in the village budget that you feel could be trimmed? If so, what specifically?
The Village of Oswego has made considerable reductions in all areas of the budget while maintaining required reserves. Not filling upcoming job vacancies might be one area where some savings could be realized.