AMES TOWNSHIP FISCAL OFFICER

 

1) What are the biggest challenges facing your village/township?

Roseanna Hines:   (left blank by candidate)

Matthew Sayers:  The biggest challenge of course is the budget.  In times like these we have to think outside the box and reinvent the wheel where finances are concerned.  We need to explore every money saving opportunity and comparison shop for every material and service.  We need to find money that is overlooked in the budget whether it is for lower priced gravel or salt or as simple as a postage stamp that can be saved it all counts towards the big picture.  We as a small township need to make sure we are not walking over dollars to pick up a dime. 

 

2) How will you address these challenges?

Roseanna Hines:    My goal is to always be accountable for tax payer money as I have been in the past. We are currently working toward approval of FEMA disaster claims which will help our township with repairs.

 Matthew Sayers:

·         I plan to work hard to find ways to cut costs in order to maintain current levels of service while trying to avoid increased tax burdens and levies.

·         I plan to maintain accurate financial records and meeting minutes for the residents of the township as well as the trustees.

·         I plan to improve current processes as much as possible in order to prevent waste and oversight of taxpayer dollars.

 

3) Could/should services be shared between other villages and/or townships? Please explain

Roseanna Hines:   (left blank by candidate)

Matthew Sayers:  There is no simple answer to this question.  However, with the potential of budget cuts and rising cost every option should be explored.  Under some circumstances sharing services could be a good thing; as long as it is beneficial to the township, the budget and the residents of Ames Township.

 

 

ATHENS TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

1) What are the biggest challenges facing your village/township?

Ted Linscott:   Doing all that needs done on a limited budget and with limited resources.  We are blessed with an excellent crew of employees and I believe I have developed an effective working relationship with them. Doing “more with less” is a constant battle. I believe I maintain a fair, pragmatic and common sense approach to decision making; sometimes that is not always the most popular. We are constantly working on innovative approaches to our Road Maintenance/Snow Removal endeavors. The future undoubtedly will be different and difficult. I believe I am prepared and up to the challenge.  

David Ratliff:   JOBS!  Without jobs , the base of our financial future is undermined!  Roads, sewer, cemetery upkeep and management, fire protection, economic development, subdivision management including commercial and housing development are impacted by jobs.  Whether they are private, county, state or federal, the existence of the local governments is dependent on jobs and revenue.  The township can only cut so much in spending before it has an effect.  The challenges to the township are to make our dollars go as far as possible and for the good of everyone.

 

2) How will you address these challenges?

Ted Linscott: 

a.  Being innovative with funding resources:

-   As Trustee; I have worked hard to make sure Athens Township has received our share of available grant funding. As the grant administrator I have worked diligently with the other trustees and we have turned hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of State of Ohio Local Government” grants into Athens Township pavement. Most recently as administrator Athens Township received funding resources from FEMA to repair slips caused by this springs rains.  

b.      By working hard to stay current on any new work processes, materials or any other new development in roadway maintenance that could increase our “cost effectiveness”

David Ratliff: Participating with local job centers to concentrate on job creation as well as developing job skills and partnering with county and other government officials to see if we can resolve the challenges ahead. 

 

3) Could/should services be shared between other villages and/or townships? Please explain

Ted Linscott:   The taxpayers of Athens Township currently benefit from a good working relationship with the Athens County Engineers office and Athens City. We work tirelessly to increase our effectiveness through these relationships. There can be an argument to why Athens Township equipment and or resources should be used in situations that are do not directly benefit to the tax payers of Athens Township. I feel there has to be a good balance of sharing with out “giving away” Athens Township resources. In times of diminishing funds we need to do all we can to foster relationships with any entity that is

David Ratliff:  Services are now shared between all entities of the community, fire protection and emergency transport service provided by the county.  Partnering with the county engineer’s office for services could and does save money.  Buying gasoline and other supplies can and does save money when community entities are working together.

 

 

 

 

BERN TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

1) What are the biggest challenges facing your village/township?

Danny Simons:   Local/township/county government agencies are faced with funding and planning problems.  All activities should be researched to find the most efficient way to accomplish the task economically and timely.

Ralph Wirkner:  One of the biggest challenges facing all local governments is the cutback in funds, from federal and state governments, that was shared with townships.

 

2) How will you address these challenges?

Danny Simons:  I will work collectively with fellow trustees to research projects and expenditures before making final decisions.

Ralph Wirkner:   It has always been important to spend the taxpayers money wisely, but with the cutbacks, it has become harder to provide the services that the residents of Bern Township need and deserve. Through carefull management of the funds that we do have, prioritizing jobs, and efficient use of township employees and resources, Bern Township is financially sound and our roads are in excellent condition.

 

3) Could/should services be shared between other villages and/or townships? Please explain

Danny Simons: I feel that villages, townships, and counties should work together, sharing ideas, equipment, materials, and labor to accomplish projects to the infrastructure that benefits all citizens.  I also feel each government entity should establish a disaster plan  that can also work in conjunction with other entities to coordinate a better response in the event of disaster.  Our local population has a wealth of knowledge and experience to achieve this goal if properly established and coordinated.

Ralph Wirkner:  Services are already being shared with other townships. When townships are chip and sealing there roads, surrounding townships send there workers and equipment to help that township, and when it is our turn to chip and seal, they are there to help us.

 

DOVER TOWNSHIP FISCAL OFFICER

1) What are the biggest challenges facing your village/township?

Sheila Arnold:   Ensuring that funds are available for various road and cemetary repairs- considering current tax base reductions.

Kellee D. George:    To work effectively and efficiently with the township employees and trustees, ensuring the needs of the township are being met and exceeded, while striving to maintain current service with the reduction in state revenue.

Candy M. Taylor: 1) [no answer]

 

2) How will you address these challenges?

Sheila Arnold:   Allocate available funding appropriatly – for repairs, maintenance, payroll, etc.

Kellee D. George: [none?]

Candy M. Taylor:  If elected I will make sure the community can reach me at any time with  problems and concerns. I also promise to do the best job that I can. Thank You for your time and consideration.

 

3) Could/should services be shared between other villages and/or townships? Please explain

Sheila Arnold:   Yes, When necessary and available I propose purchasing in bulk and sharing material in or order to reduce expenses.

Share our crew/equipment with other townships when certain or unforseen circumstances arise, ie: tornado, severe storms power lines/trees down.

Kellee D. George:   [none]            

Candy M. Taylor:  [no answer]

 

No response :  William G. Russell

 

LODI TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

1) What are the biggest challenges facing your village/township?

Albert (Shorty) Hawk:   I believe that the biggest challenges that Lodi faces will be in budgeting. As prices for fuel, stone, etc. rise the amount of income coming in will not be able to increase proportionally.

Denver Lee Jordan: The biggest challenge is keeping the roads and culverts maintained, and finding the money to do so.

Kim Alan Kyle:  With rising cost of materials, parts and fuel will make for a tighter budget.

Jack G. Shaw:  Budget, management issues.

 

2) How will you address these challenges?

Albert (Shorty) Hawk:  I would address these challenges by finding more efficient ways of spending and by working with the County Offices to find out what opportunities there may be for townships.

Denver Lee Jordan: With the federal government cutting funds, this will be a challenge.  One thing I learned from being a small business owner with limited funds to work with, is to use what you have wisely.

While I was trustee, we were able to secure funding from Issus II, Emergency Management Agency, Athens Soil and Water Conservation, and Emergancy Watershed Protection.  I will continue to seek funding from these resources and any others that would benefit the township.  I have the experience, and being retired, I have the time to put in for the township.

Kim Alan Kyle: Plan ahead for all projects; maintain an accurate account of expenditures; and, continue applying for grants and seeking resources.

Jack G. Shaw: “Budget”

Due to federal, state and local budget cuts; as trustee, I will use tax dollars to service my constituents needs to the best of my ability.

“Time Management”

(A) Schedule to follow for employees

(B) Prioritize weekly work schedules *mowing, road repairs, snow removal

 

 

3) Could/should services be shared between other villages and/or townships? Please explain

Albert (Shorty) Hawk:   Yes, townships already do and should continue to share services and work together on projects such as chip sealing. The trading of labor is a more effective way to save costly expenses.

Denver Lee Jordan:  I see no reason why some projects could not be shared if it benefited both villages and/or townships.

Kim Alan Kyle:  Yes.  For example, townships could share in the service of chipping and sealing roads and during weather related emergencies.

Jack G. Shaw:  Yes: save labor, equipment cost completing projects on a timely manner.

 

No response:  Jason Howard

 

 

LODI TOWNSHIP FISCAL OFFICER

1) What are the biggest challenges facing your village/township?

Bridget Bobo:  1) and 2) Biggest challenges and how would I address them:  At the present time I do not know where the most help is needed in our township or what the funds available policies are.  However I am ready to meet with our township trustees to discuss these issues.

Rhonda J. Meeks: Lodi Township depends on levies for their revenue.  During tough economic times, it is a challenge for Lodi Township and all governmental entities to maintain financial security.   If levies are not passed or money is not managed properly, there will not be enough funds for maintenance or permanent improvements.  By 2015, all warning and regulatory signs must be changed to increase reflectivity.   Also, by 2018, street name signs must be changed to meet similar reflectivity guidelines and mixed lettering.  This is an expense that will be a financial challenge for Lodi Township.

Jonetta Niggemeyer:  I believe one of the biggest challenges will be the township’s budget.

 

2) How will you address these challenges?

Bridget Bobo: [see above answer]

Rhonda J. Meeks:  The most important thing that I can do to address these challenges is to protect and responsibly manage the money that is entrusted to me.   By researching and comparing alternative ways to increase the reflectivity of signs, the trustees will be able to make cost-effective decisions.  The township is ultimately working for the community and so community opinion is important.  Listening to the concerns and ideas of the community can then be passed on to the board of trustees.

Jonetta Niggemeyer:  I will address the challenge of the budget by keeping costs down and stretching the tax payers’ dollars.  I will fulfill all of Lodi’s tax payers’ wishes by seeking out prices that won’t leave the members of our community penniless in this limited economy.  As fiscal officer, I will curb spending from the beginning by not requiring health insurance from the township.

 

3) Could/should services be shared between other villages and/or townships? Please explain

Bridget Bobo: [no answer]

Rhonda J. Meeks:  Small rural communities have similar problems.  I believe that it would be beneficial for townships to explore common issues and encourage intergovernmental sharing of services.  By working together and facing challenges together, individual townships can benefit by sharing their strengths and building upon their weaknesses.  They can do this by combining their efforts in problem solving and strategic decision making.

Jonetta Niggemeyer:   I think that sharing certain services, like road maintenance, would cut cost and save tax dollars in the long run.  Working together would be beneficial for all townships.

 

 

YORK TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

No response:   Dick Covert    Wayne Dixon    Kevin McCulloch