Name: Pam Wesner
Office sought: Alderman 1st Ward City of Genoa
Education: Kishwaukee College
Elected offices held: Alderman City of Genoa
1. Why are you running for city council?
I have been a resident of Genoa my whole life. We have a progressive City Council and I would like to remain part of as we continue to attract families and new business.
2. What can the city do to distinguish itself as a good place for people to buy homes and open businesses?
I believe Genoa is already a good place to live and for people to buy homes. Competing with larger cities to the south always creates a challenge. But have a can do attitude here in Genoa which allows our City Manager, Staff and the Planning Commission to be nimble and able to respond quickly to the market place without political indecisiveness that other communities face.
3. Balancing the budget will continue to be a key concern. What is your philosophy on local government spending?
The City of Genoa over the course of the last twelve years has had a balanced budget and received the certificate of achievement For Excellence in Financial Reporting that is Awarded by the Government Finance Office Association. I am proud to be part of the governing process that has provided fiscal stability for our community, Genoa is one of the smallest municipalities in the State of Illinois to receive this award.
4. Can the city do more to support downtown businesses and the people who patronize them?
Yes! Teaming up with the Chamber to face the challenges of older buildings and limited off street parking is a continuous goal. The limitations of being a non-home rule City makes it difficult to make improvements. Further exploration of becoming a Home Rule City should be researched.
5. What do you see as a major challenge facing the city and how would you work to address it?
Infrastructure and finance. The challenge to attract new business & industry that would provide revenue benefiting everyone in the community.