Re-Elect Marti Deuter for 1st Ward Alderman
Four More Years of Excellent Leadership and Representation
With this year’s reduced budget, decreases in property taxes, and spending cuts, where will you find new revenue for City services?
As required, the City has maintained a balanced budget even in the most difficult financial times. In recent years, however, the budgeting process has resulted in significant property tax increases, which are felt by all residents, especially seniors on fixed incomes. I believe tax increases should always be regarded as a last resort.
With the recovering economy and new businesses opening in Elmhurst, sales tax revenue, which is the greatest single source of revenue in the General Fund, is expected to increase. These funds should be used to strengthen reserves, cover cost increases, or, only as warranted, increase services.
Although economic conditions appear to be improving, City Council should continue to identify ways to reduce spending. This should be done during the budget process and throughout the year by improving efficiency, reviewing outside service contracts, and encouraging competitive bidding whenever possible.
What is the top infrastructure challenge in your ward?
Storm water management is a citywide concern, and although the First Ward has not historically been the most affected area, flooding and sewer issues are of great concern to the ward’s residents. Beyond the plans currently being put forth by consulting engineers and resident task forces, we need to work diligently to ensure that the two large proposed developments in the ward – one on Addison just north of First Street and the other farther north at Hahn Street – adequately address storm water management and do not create flooding problems for neighboring properties.
Beyond flooding and sewer issues, we must continue to work diligently, applying pressure when needed, to ensure ComEd makes the necessary improvements to reduce the frequency of power outages and to restore service as quickly as possible when an outage does occur.
Reducing Elmhurst’s environmental impact is a community concern and we should build on Elmhurst’s past accomplishments to reduce its carbon footprint, for both the city’s infrastructure and for the community as a whole.
Local organizations that have made great strides in increasing their environmental sustainability. Environmental sustainability is an area where in many cases “doing the right thing” can improve the City’s bottom line and provide multiple benefits. The City should be constantly looking for these opportunities. I strongly support the City’s participation in the Cool Cities initiative and believe this will help the City to identify more cost-saving or cost-neutral ways to reduce the City’s carbon footprint.
Data are an important tool in this process. I would like to see Elmhurst work with Cool Cities to establish energy benchmarks against which progress may be measured and regularly reported.
Beyond its own practices, the City should use all its forms of communication with residents – the website, the Front Porch newsletter, utility bills, and vehicle sticker mailings – to make residents aware of programs like Energy Impact Illinois, which offers low-cost energy assessments and rebates.
How could technology play a direct role in the future of the City Council?
The possibilities provided by technology are endless; however, the costs associated with any upgrade or expanded capability must be weighed carefully relative to the proposed benefit and within the context of City priorities. I believe in the saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”
City Council should look for ways to more fully utilize the City’s existing technology. The City’s website is increasingly used by residents as a source of information and could be used more effectively by City Council to facilitate communication with residents. For example, the City website currently provides a contact phone number for each alderman. A simple improvement would be to make email addresses available as well.
City Council recently moved forward on improvements to the sanitary system in southwest Elmhurst. On March 4, City Council approved a proposal for the final design of the Southwest Elmhurst Wet Weather Control Facility. The project will provide additional conveyance and storage of sanitary flow out of southwest Elmhurst to a detention facility located at the Elmhurst Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Components of the project include replacement of a portion of the sanitary sewer to increase diameter, improvements to the Saylor and Jackson lift station, and construction of a new two million gallon storage tank. The project, which may be complete as early as spring of 2014, will benefit an area of southwest Elmhurst that represents 70 percent of all reported sanitary sewer backups during the July 2010 storm event.
While this is an important first step, public infrastructure improvements will address only a portion of the flooding and sewer issues. The studies conducted have shown that the greatest contributor to the problem is the amount of clean water entering the system from private residences during and after a storm. Without addressing the inflow issue, the level of protection obtained through the Southwest Wet Weather Control Facility project will be the 2 to 5 year level. When coupled with changes designed to decrease inflow, most of which would involve private properties, the level of protection could increase to the 25 year level.
Resident awareness and education about the flooding and sewer problems and causes must be a priority. All residents should receive communication that clearly describes the findings of the consulting engineers and resident task forces. The City should also help homeowners identify the most cost effective improvements to private residences and continue, and possibly expand, existing cost-sharing programs.
Addressing the private side of this issue will not be a simple task; however, without changes to private residences, the effectiveness of any investments in public infrastructure will be limited.
There are several ways you can support Marti in her campaign for First Ward Alderman.
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Most importantly, cast your vote for Marti on April 9 or during early voting March 25 to April 6.
About Early Voting
DuPage County registered voters may vote “early” at any DuPage County Early Voting site located throughout the County. An early voter is not required to state a reason for voting early.
For the April 4, 2017, Consolidated General Election early voting dates:
First day –
Last day –
(Please note that the Elmhurst polling place not open on Saturdays)
How early voting works:
A registered voter simply drops by an Early Voting site.
Election workers verify the voter’s registration status through a central database at the DuPage County Election Commission.
Once validated, the database is updated (preventing the voter from voting at another location). The voter is allowed to cast a ballot using an ATM-like touch screen device. The vote will be tabulated once the polls close on Election Day.
Please Note: Once an early vote has been cast, the vote is final. The voter may not go to the polling place on Election Day to change a vote
Qualifications / requirements
- Must be a registered DuPage County voter
Convenient locations for Elmhurst Residents who wish to Vote Early:
Elmhurst City Hall
209 N. York St. City Council Chambers
Mon. – Fri. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (no Saturday hours)
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Addison Township Office
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tue, Thu 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
401 N. Addison Rd. Gym
Addison, IL 60101
Downers Grove Village Hall
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
801 Burlington Ave. Committee Room
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Mon – Fri 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 3:00
The Plaza Shops At Yorktown #42
203 Yorktown Mall Dr.
Lombard, IL 60148
Currently, I spend every day in Elmhurst and am a full-time user of the library, Wilder Park, and park district facilities and programs. Every chance I have, we run errands locally and travel by foot, stroller, or bike.
I am constantly reminded of the outstanding community assets in the First Ward. No surprises here, but our ward includes the library, Wilder Park and mansion, Plunkett Park, two museums, YMCA and Courts Plus, the west half of City Centre, Elmhurst College, two high schools, and two grade schools.
Strengthening and promoting these assets, using them to enhance our ward’s sense of community and vibrancy, and ensuring safety as folks walk and bike between them are among my priorities.
I grew up in Dublin, Ohio, which is a suburb of Columbus. I received an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and moved to Chicago almost 20 years ago to attend a graduate program at the University of Chicago. In 1998, I received a master’s degree from U. of C.’s School of Social Service Administration.
I moved to Elmhurst about five years ago after I married my husband Dave, who was already settled in Elmhurst with his three kids – Sydney, now a junior at York; Alec, a freshman at York; and Sam, a seventh grader at Sandburg. We’ve since added two more kids to our family. We have a daughter, Nora, who is turning four in March, and a son, Henry, who is a year and a half old. Both of the little ones will follow their older siblings and attend Hawthorne in a couple of years.
Professionally, I have eight years of municipal government experience. Before moving to Elmhurst, I was an Assistant Commissioner of a City of Chicago department that utilized more than $500 million annually to assist residents and strengthen neighborhoods. I worked primarily on legislative and policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. My job was to analyze and evaluate issues and make recommendations for action. I also worked successfully on policy and program development with a variety of stakeholders – residents, community groups, counterparts from other cities, issue experts, developers, financial institutions, advocates, and elected officials.
My work at the City kicked off my love of local government and a passion for civic engagement. I’m especially interested in engaging kids, so they understand their role as citizens and part of a community and begin to appreciate their future role as voters.
After I moved to Elmhurst, I worked at DePaul University and managed a multi-million dollar research and data project funded by the MacArthur Foundation. I worked there for about three years and stopped working around the time Henry, our youngest, was born.