Mark Yetsky: 2021 candidate for Wheaton City Council, South District
Occupation: Divisional Vehicle Maintenance Specialist at FedEx
Civic involvement: Habitat for humanity, Knights of Columbus
Q: How do you view your role in confronting the pandemic: provide leadership even if unpopular, give a voice to constituents -- even ones with whom you disagree, or defer to state and federal authorities?
A: I defer to the state, but am glad that the federal authorities can provide assistance.
Q: Did your town continue to adequately serve its constituents during the disruptions caused by the pandemic? If so, please cite an example of how it successfully adjusted to providing services. If not, please cite a specific example of what could have been done better.
A: It looks like a beat was not missed.
Q: In light of our experiences with COVID-19, what safeguards/guidelines should you put in place to address any future public health crises?
A: Not a public health expert myself, but if the masses would agree on it. Masks.
Q: What cuts can local government make to reduce the burden of the pandemic on taxpayers?
A: Street maintenance, if studies show they are less use.
Q: What do you see as the most important infrastructure project you must address? Why and how should it be paid for? Conversely, during these uncertain economic times, what infrastructure project can be put on the back burner?
A: I would have to say sewer back up during and after heavy rain. The rest would need more study to give solid answers.
Q: Do you plan to address businesses that don't adhere to the governor's order to close or restrict business?
A: This would require working within our legal system, because people have rights and we have to remember it is a jobs and livelihood issue also.
Q: Do you agree or disagree with the stance your board/council has taken on permitting recreational marijuana sales in the community? What would you change about that stance, if you could?
A: I agree. With 18% of all traffic accidents caused by it I would not change the current stance prohibiting it
Q: What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
A: Did not respond.