WOODRIDGE – For the second time this summer, Woodridge has added a new trustee to its Village Board.
Magin “Mike” Martinez was appointed during Thursday’s board meeting to fill the spot left open by former trustee Dave Pittinger. The term expires in April 2015.
Martinez and his family have been members of the Woodridge community for more than 40 years.
“My job right now at the beginning is to try to listen and observe as much as possible,” Martinez said. “Nothing is going to happen in a hurry; we need to address things as a team and be sure we communicate properly to the residents so they know what’s happening.”
Why did you want to become a trustee? Over the last 20 years or so I’ve been active in the community. I thought this was a better opportunity to serve the community. My entire family lives in Woodridge, my two daughters are teachers here. We’re very happy to be part of this community and I want to be sure it remains safe.
What goals do you have as trustee? First I want to communicate to the residents and make sure they understand why certain things happen, like taxes ... We want to be sure residents live in a safe community and to be sure our neighbors are proud to live here.
What past experiences can you apply to your new position? I was in the business world for more than 40 years and I’ve had a lot of different positions... I think that’s going to help and I’m very cost and budget conscious.
What challenges are you anticipating? One is the expectations of residents and the other is to work with the board and village administrator to be sure that as a team we agree on the primary goals and issues... Understanding what the community needs will be a challenge, but it’s doable. Another challenge is to continue to communicate to the residents. Not everything is black and white; there will be some issues that need further review.
Why do you think it’s important to give back to the community? As a resident, it’s my job to represent them the best way possible and we need to keep in mind that our homes look in good shape and that the residents are taking care of their homes. Everybody has to be responsible whether it’s a trustee or a resident.