Commission supports Aeschleman for Oak Park park board

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We of the Oak Park Transportation Commission enthusiastically support Paul Aeschleman's candidacy for park district commissioner.

Paul has served on the transportation commission the past six years, the last three as commission chair. Over this time, he has provided expert direction in matters ranging from traffic sign installation to bicyclist and pedestrian safety; most recently, the commission helped establish lower speed limits for streets adjoining several village parks. Paul has also led initiatives aimed at identifying and ameliorating some of Oak Park's most vexing parking and transportation issues.

In all these undertakings, Paul has brought important strengths to the table. He has devoted untold hours of volunteer labor in observation and in compiling and processing relevant data; there is probably no one outside of village staff who has gone further in trying to unravel and demystify the arcana of Oak Park's parking regulations. In chairing commission meetings, his grasp of the facts has kept the commission on track in its commitment to village traffic safety and quality of life.

As most anyone who has come within the transportation commission's orbit can testify, Paul also brings a profound commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. He has long been one of Oak Park's foremost advocates of bicyclist and pedestrian rights. He not only talks the talk; you will see him out on his bicycle in every season under nearly every weather system and circumstance. Like many Oak Parkers, Paul has a keen sense for how environmental choices present themselves in our everyday lives, whether we choose to walk or cycle instead of driving, or take responsibility for the trash we generate when we use our village parks for recreation.

All these strengths, we believe, make Paul a superb candidate for park district commissioner. His willingness to ask tough questions, his non-dogmatic, creative and fact-based approach to solving problems, and his abiding commitment to Oak Park and its quality of life, we are confident, will serve Oak Park's park system and its stakeholders very well indeed.

John Abbott, Jack Chalabian II, John Dagnon, Charles Frangos and Beth Marek
Commissioners, Oak Park Transportation Commission

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OP Resident  

Posted: March 25th, 2011 9:52 AM

Still wondering how Paul could have voted AGAINST the installation of a STOP Sign by Field Park in which the PARK goers are the BIGGEST benefactors???

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 9:28 AM

Just to be clear: the headline for this might better have read "Commissioners Support Aeschleman." We did not intend this letter as an official endorsement, but as an informal undertaking involving those of us who have worked with Paul over the years. My apologies for any confusion that might have been created on this count.

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