Election 2011: Stan Bond

First of our profiles on the seven candidates for Montgomery Village Board.

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the seven candidates for Montgomery Village Board. Each candidate had the opportunity to answer the same questions, but were asked to abide by a 75-word guideline. The answers will be provided here unabridged.

Campaign Info

Personal Info

  • Age: 61
  • Family: Wife Marion, 58, teaches. Three daughters, Erin, Elizabeth and Sarah, all college educated, grown and with homes and careers of their own.
  • Length of Residence: Since November 2004.
  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL. Masters Level Coursework, Mass Communication, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Interpersonal Communications, Southern Illinois University. Leadership Training, Purdue University. Federal, State & Local Procurement Practices, Business2Government Institute. Certified Business Communicator, Business Marketing Association of America.
  • Occupation: President, Hamilton & Bond Advertising, Inc. (26 Years)
  • Political party affiliation: Since this is a non-partisan race, my political affiliation is not as relevant as my core values which are pro business expansion and jobs growth, limited spending of the public’s money, limited size and scope of government and extensive communication with the taxpayer.
  • Previous elected offices: Trustee, Batavia Public Library District; Precinct Committeeman, Batavia Township Precinct 20; Precinct Committeeman, Sugar Grove Precinct 2 (Montgomery).
  • Related experience: With my business background I can help set, measure and achieve important new goals. I have overseen budgets and staff for many years. My communications experience may help Montgomery improve its internal and external communication, my 41 years of working with industrial and business leaders will benefit Montgomery’s struggle to attract new employers and more jobs. As Batavia Library Trustee I helped develop a successful five-year Strategic Plan for public outreach and citizen participation.

Candidate Questions

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

Many voters I speak with know that we are ready for change and fresh leadership. We are drifting away from the priorities and core values that originally made Montgomery special and the Village Board seems less engaged with the public than in previous times. Our spending priorities need to be refocused on public works and public safety and we need to find economies in all areas to stretch precious public dollars and relieve taxpayers from burdensome costs.

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

I believe the relationship between Montgomery governance and its residents is no longer as personal, respectful or as productive as it used to be. To re-invigorate our community and its business climate, we need to restore the sensitivity of village management for the true priorities and desires of citizens. Our Village requires citizens to ask permission in writing nearly a week in advance to speak at meetings. Participation isn’t even welcome at some meetings. Why?

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have big ears, I like to listen and learn what voters have to say. I have recognized opportunities to improve the quality of life in Montgomery through organizing volunteers to achieve common goals, including Community Oriented Policing programs such as Neighborhood Watch, environmental efforts such as shoreline and roadside litter pickup, and community safety and security education
programs. I have strong record of attendance at public meetings and of voting in local elections.

What's your favorite thing about the village of Montgomery?

The natural beauty of our area, the diversity of our neighborhoods and people, and friendly local businesses who recognize their patrons and treasure their role in the community.

What is the biggest problem in Montgomery?

I believe Montgomery has begun to lose its sense of priority and balance with regards to spending and the core mission of government. The Village Board must re-assert itself in setting budgetary policy, spending oversight and cost reduction. Also, while many are using the phrase, I do not believe there is good understanding of what “business friendly” really entails or how to make existing business feel welcome and prospective business feel compelled to locate here.

Linda Pasetti-Olson March 08, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Great profile !! Thanks for the insights !!
Alice Sutcliff March 08, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Let's just hope the voters read this. It was well written and you did hit on the important issues in this town. Alice Sutcliff
Andre Salles March 08, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Alice, you can always tell people to come here and read it!
Alice Sutcliff March 10, 2011 at 01:41 AM
I spread the word about Montgomery Patch every chance I get. I think its a great piece of past and present information about our town and events coming up. Welcome. Alice
Andre Salles March 10, 2011 at 04:11 AM
Alice, thank you very much!
Montgomery Mama March 10, 2011 at 08:10 PM
A year and a half ago we moved into the same neighborhood as Stan and I can say that is just an all-around great guy. He's always willing to listen and give advice on issues.
Vivian G Rabiola March 11, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Stan is the perfect candidate for the Montgomery Village Board. He is a strong leader with great determination and drive. His community-driven values and priorities will be a great asset to Montgomery. This has all been demonstrated by his many successful projects including the building of our Neighborhood Watch Program from the ground up, which has already achieved a great neighborhood participation rate. He is also a great advocate for local businesses, and appreciates the impact they can have on our community. Vote for Stan on April 5th!
Greg Nelson March 12, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Stan luck be with you! Here is hopes toward a new real leader group made up with real people with solutions not like the older few currently doing nothing but talking to hear themselves! First order is to get the high priced employees fired and replaced with someone that lives in the Village, that has real knowledge of what a Village like Montgomery is all about!!!
Lyn Weber March 12, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Lyn Weber Stan, I don't even know where to begin to state the kind of man you are. Having had the privilege of meeting you and talking to you about issues that concern the residents, it is clear that you have the passion and committment to be a Trustee "of the people". The only way that the residents will be heard is by those in the leadership positions listening to them, working with them, understanding their concerns and working toward resolution.
Jeremy Berger March 14, 2011 at 04:04 AM
Having worked with Stan on several community environmental projects, I can attest to his strong leadership abilities. He is one of the few people I know that is genuinely concerned and involved to make community improvements. The fact that he is approachable (or will approach you!) and very personable is even better! A true gem like him is hard to find in today's political environment!
TERRY LENSKE March 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM
There is no better person to represent the citizens of Montgomery than Stan Bond. Since moving here over 6 years ago, I have never seen a person work so hard for our community. He started our neighborhood watch program, got people in our neighborhood together with his annual Chilifest, and has kept our community informed about issues that are of a concern to all of us. Stan will be a terrific voice for Montgomery citizens and I urge all to vote for him in the April election Terry Lenske
Greg Nelson March 17, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I can answer that one. Where in the Village would that be held? Maybe in the Grays Mill where the Village stock thousands into for a grant. The VFW maybe but wait they serve alcohol or maybe the other points in the Village that server and have the capacity, and don't server alcohol .....oh wait we don't have any (YET). The issue for me and many is not an issue but maybe for others that can't answer a question about the Village Managers salary, and now she needs help. Come on the Staff at the hall has more people then Public Works that really do work. Oh wait on that subject why is the Public works director using a public vehicle to go to and from his home? Seems strange doesn't it....get with the program get the facts before you make a vote people......it's easy get involved!
Stan Bond March 19, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Hi Pat, I answered this same question promptly several days ago when you posted it as a general discussion topic. The owners of Donati's Italian Cafe, Barbara and Terry Lenske, live on my street in Montgomery and their entire family have been great friends and supporters. They asked several times about doing a fund raiser and I am pleased we held it there as it was very successful. Terry and Barb did attempt to work with Montgomery to settle their business in Montgomery, but that effort did not produce the solution they needed. At least they tried. I wish them well wherever their business is located. The Matt Brolley sign looks great in your yard.
Andre Salles March 19, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Everyone, please play nice and stick to the issues. Thank you.
Todd Carlson March 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Stan, I noticed that just prior to you announcing your candidacy for trustee, you decided to participate in the Illinois Adopt a Highway program. I've noticed since that time that no activity has taken place out there, and garbage is all over the sides of the roadway. Do you plan on having a trash pickup day before your elected, I hope this is not how you'd run the village if your elected.
TERRY LENSKE March 25, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Todd, I guess you didn't notice we had one of the worst winters, with snowfalls, it was one of the five worst ever! Do you think that might be the major reason why there is an abnormal amount of garbage on the roadway?? I think your insinuation that Stan adopted a highway for political purposes is abured. Stan is at the very least trying to do something thats good for our community! I don't see your name on any highway adoption signage. If you live in our area, maybe you can volunteer to help clean up our roadways with Stan and I. Hope to see you there, I guarantee spring clean up is coming and we could use your help. Also, if you do live in Foxmoor or Fairfield, maybe you could volunteer for some of our neighborhood watch programs, which Stan also started.
Stan Bond March 25, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Hi Todd, thank you for your comment. I applied for the Adopt a Highway program on April 15th 2010. We received our approval 6 months later on October 14th, 2010 and our training and materials arrived in early November. We set our first pickup day for Saturday, November 13th which was rained out. I had to notify the police and IDOT first that we had planned the event, and then on the rainy day that we had cancelled it - these pickups take some coordination with the police and with IDOT. From then on the weather turned cold. I have on hand 12 safety vests, 12 pairs of protective gloves, pickup tools purchased at my own expense, orange trash bags, a first aid kit, and bottled water. We have created an e-list for persons who have expressed interest in helping with the pickups and we are currently planning a pickup event for late April or early May when the weather is suitable. No, I will not be doing one before the election and there is no point in asking volunteers to do this 2 mile effort during cold or inclement weather. It isn't safe and it isn't fun. You can subscribe yourself to the Environment e-list at this URL and we would certainly appreciate your help: http://jazz.hamiltonbond.com/mailman/listinfo/environment I look forward to seeing you subscribe to our pickup list and becoming part of the effort. April 23rd and May 7th are possible dates for the next Route 30 pickup depending on the volunteer preference for whichever date. Come join us!
Linda Pasetti-Olson March 25, 2011 at 05:03 AM
Great job at the forum tonight Stan !! Your reference to the Mill District Plan was very insightful … Clearly, in the plan the VFW building is gone, yet the other candidates all said “it’s just a plan” and the hall wasn’t necessarily going to be removed. Which are we supposed to believe ?? And the rest of the land needed would just somehow become available for the village to acquire ?? How much did we pay for this plan, that we’re now being told is nothing like what’s really supposed to happen ??
KEVIN BROWN March 27, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Two of the current trustees rob watermann and jenne Felten aproved the last draft in 2009 and one canidate running matt brolley helped with planning the drawings.
Linda Pasetti-Olson March 27, 2011 at 02:06 PM
And yet those SAME TRUSTEES said on Thursday that there is nothing left to cut ... How about if we cut out some of the plans (and the updated drafts) of plans that we don't need ... )
kpfarrer March 27, 2011 at 02:36 PM
MILL DIST PART 1: I can see both sides of the Mill District plan/planning issues. It is unfortunate that the Mill Dist. Plan isn't named "Concept Plan", as that is more accurate, according to what candidates and trustees said at the 3/24 forum (http://www.ci.montgomery.il.us/Community%20Development/Plans,%20Ordinances,%20Maps%20and%20Programs/1%20Comprehensive%20Plan/Mill%20District%20Master.pdf). Although all had the opportunity to participate in planning meetings, meeting agenda information is not published in such a way to encourage public participation. I certainly understand why residents and businesses in the area would be alarmed or offended that their properties are not on the plan. It was good to hear all the candidates at the forum unanimously agree that the board would never consider taking the VFW or anyone's property against their will (via eminent domain) for the Mill Dist. project.
kpfarrer March 27, 2011 at 02:36 PM
MILL DIST PART 2: It's very important for us to develop our downtown riverfront to make it a destination spot, with appealing riverfront access (parks & paths) and thriving businesses including dining, entertainment, shopping, services, etc. Right now our downtown riverfront is not drawing spenders, not being used to its potential, and not easily enjoyed by downtown visitors. I've lived in Montgomery on the west side for 8+ yrs., but rarely go, shop, or spend in our downtown because even if there is a restaurant to dine at, there is no movie theater, no nice riverfront parks & paths, etc. It's not a good spot for a "night out".
kpfarrer March 27, 2011 at 02:36 PM
MILL DIST PART 3: The concept plan looks pretty nice, and I hope residents participate more in developing it. I really like the way the riverfront across from the Village Hall (where the VFW is now) opens up to the river with a park and riverside paths. Where there are buildings added along the river, there are public paths and landscaping added along the river. The proposed plan makes the downtown riverfront much more accessible to all. This could be a win win plan for the VFW, other property owners in the area, and village residents. If the VFW got a great offer for their property and were able to relocate within the village with a new facility, and the riverfront property improved and made accessible to all, everyone wins. The riverfront properties are an incredible resource for our village, and if property owners are receptive to being properly compensated, this can be a WIN WIN for everyone. I know I'd spend more time and money in our downtown if offered the opportunity.
Linda Pasetti-Olson March 27, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Thanks for your thoughtful responses kpfarrer, you make some good points. But it still sound like a lot of "IFS" to me ... And we still don't know how much the board has spent on all the various 'plans' either. Sounds like this board has done a lot of expensive planning and would rather keep on that track instead of cutting back a little and using our money for community services.
KEVIN BROWN March 27, 2011 at 08:29 PM
The Mill district is a long range plan by the village Manager to turn our wonderful Montgomery into a little Naperville river walk with 3 story condos from clay street to taylor
kpfarrer March 27, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Kevin - I didn't participate in the Mill Dist. plan, but I'm pretty confident that the Village Manager didn't dream it up by herself. Naperville is way too congested, but its downtown is a thriving success always filled with people shopping, dining, and enjoying the riverfront parks. We as residents have an opportunity now to participate in the development of our downtown, avoid mistakes other communities have made, and improve our village. I go to Geneva, Batavia, Yorkville, & Oswego to meet friends for dinner & movie nights because our "wonderful Montgomery" downtown doesn't have much to offer. I'd much rather spend our money in Montgomery and be able tell my friends to take Orchard Rd. from I88 and zip right over to downtown to meet, but I can't. Let's not make this about the Village Manager, let's take the opportunity to participate. If we don't want 3 story condos on the riverfront, let's object together and suggest 2 story condos. As long as the riverfront is appealing and the public has access to it, it's good for the whole village. More business, more revenue. Cool!
Greg Nelson March 28, 2011 at 01:57 PM
It would be crazy to develop downtown for many factors but # 1 is why! We have no real merchants here and why make the area so expensive no merchant would want to come. Oswego tried it and failed, Aurora als0 and if you ask Naperville well it is great but to much for many to afford. We are a blue collar area with farm background. We have no high tech companies in the backyard, and river front parks are in place. Leave it alone until someone with 100% of capital (nothing from taxes) is willing to pay for it otherwise it was nice spending $$$ on a pipe dream!!!
Greg Nelson March 28, 2011 at 01:59 PM
On the note of foods....how about this we help a few come into town and open on Douglas or RT30 more places. That is where we shop now and well why not keep the Village moving into that direction (that is also where 85% of the people live) not downtown!
Linda Pasetti-Olson March 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM
VERY WELL SAID GREG !! kpfarrer - Two story condos along the river front aren't much of a compromise. Aurora has plenty of them. Naperville has congestion and high end businesses (not to mentionhigher taxes for the residents). Those towns are great options for people who want those things. Instead of a miniture version of something already available , Montgomery can offer a GREAT alternative just by living within our means ...


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