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Ken Radtke Jr

Ken Radtke Jr

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Chester Township trustee candidate Ken Radtke Jr., November 2011
Chester Township trustee candidate Ken Radtke Jr., November 2011

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Date questionnaire Completed: September 26, 2011Election Questionnaire Office sought: Chester Township TrusteePolitical Party: Not applicable to this electionName: Ken Radtke, Jr. Gender: MaleAge: 51Home address: 12865 Sperry Rd. Chesterland, OH 44026Length of residence in that community: 21 years Campaign Web site: n/aOccupation: Small Business Owner, Environmental Engineer Employer: Environmental Guidance, Inc.Marital Status: Married, 21 years Name of spouse: WendyName and age of any children: no childrenPublic Office experience: (None, though I did seek the office of Chester Township Trustee in 2009, losingby 132 votes in 5-person race.)
Political office held
1. none
Non-elected experience (committees, boards, etc.):
I have been elected to the board of directors (twice) and am currently serving as the (unpaid) presidentof a private organization responsible for the operations/management of over 600 acres of woodlands,wetlands and a lake community. We function much like a township, with volunteer committees insteadof departments for managing our roads, natural resources, lake and dam, zoning, regulations andbudgets. I also serve as chairman of the budget committee.Education:
School/city/state Years Degree-Subject or Certificate
High School Dearborn High School 3 High School DiplomaCollege Michigan Tech. University 4 B.S. Chemical EngineeringGraduate n/aOther Leadership Geauga 1 certificate
 
 
Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you'd like to change, address, improve orfurther research, and how specifically would you go about it?
1. Imrove public participation and communication. As trustee, I will:
 
 
Prepare a newsletter, detailing township activities and issues affecting our community.
 
Have quarterly public meetings where residents can ask questions, provide input and feedback tohelp the board and township departments better serve our community.
 
Conduct a professional community-wide survey to gauge the attitudes and opinions of the residentsregarding land use planning, park development, budgets and taxation, etc.
 
Update and maintain our Chester Township website with current information.
 
Re-establish the Internal Audit Committee (dormant since 2008) to insure fiscal responsibility.
 
Encourage volunteerism and support local organizations that make Chester Township a great placeto live.
2. Planning
I will review how our current (and future) zoning impacts and controls development in our community.Does our current zoning encourage and support local business but protect our residentialneighborhoods, including our groundwater? What can we do that improves our community whilepreserving and protecting the things we value most, including our township form of government?With more than 20% of Chester residents over the age of 60, I often hear comments and requests for asenior center. Families with young children express interest in a community center. What options areavailable, at what costs to the taxpayer, and do these things have community-wide support? Thecommunity response from a public survey will help guide the board of trustees in responsibly managingand planning our township's future on this and many other key issues.
3. Budgets
As a volunteer, I have worked with others to conduct detailed revenue and expenditure analyses foreach township department, implementing 5-year budget plans, identifying cost savings and supportingfiscal responsibility with our tax dollars.At the end of 2010 our revenue plus carryover was in excess of $10 million dollars. Our budgetcarryover (unspent tax monies) was more than $5.6 million dollars; about $3 million dollars more than isnecessary to adequately fund all operations. We need a responsible plan to manage this money and toplan for how changes in state funding, including the (proper) repeal of the estate tax, will impact ourbudget and operations.

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