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Nelson Township Trustee {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Each township shall have three elected trustees, serving staggered terms of four years as the law-enacting body for all township business.The trustees can establish policies for the township area, consider zoning and prepare a budget for the year. If needed, the trustees can consider appointing a township administrator with approval of voters. The trustees oversee police and fire operations and make day-to-day decisions in the township’s best interests.
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
  • Michael G. Elias Retired Chemist, Current Nelson Township Trustee

  • Joe Leonard Woodcarver/Gallery owner

  • Mark Rado

  • Anna M. Van Der Hoeven Zoning Inspector - Fiscal Officer Assistant

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Biographical Information

What are your thoughts regarding funding the infrastructure needs of your community?

Education High School Graduate, BS Chemistry, MS Chemistry
Training & Experience Incumbent Nelson Township Trustee, Air Force Medical Services, Product Development Chemist/Group Leader, Business Manager Commercial Construction Products, Small Business Owner for over 20 years
Nelson Township is a rural area with heavy truck, car, farm vehicle and horse drawn carriage traffic. Nelson maintains local roads and depends on the state and county to keep the other township roads safe. Higher tax revenue sharing and increased federal spending via the state is a significant local need.
Age 69
Education ,Graduated Cooper School of Art in Cleveland. Self employed for over 45 years, owner of Custom Woodcarving & J Leonard Gallery
Training & Experience township trustee for 8 years
As a trustee for the past 8 years, I have always been concerned about the township budget. We have very few opportunities to secure additional funds for the township outside of our tax base. I'm trying to inspire growth in the township which is needed to increase our annual revenue. We have lost some revenue over the past several years but our yearly expenses continue to climb. As a friend told me { the trustees should run the township looking thru the front windshield and not be looking thru the rear view mirror} Nelson Township is experiencing some growth which is needed for our future. There a few exciting things happening in the township which could possibly provide a considerable increase in revenue for the township over the next many years.
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Education Graduate of Warren Western Reserve
Training & Experience I have been Nelson Township Zoning Inspector for the last 20 yrs. and have been the assistant to the Nelson Township Fiscal Officer.
Nelson Township currently has two Road and Bridge levies that are used to maintain and repair the 26 miles of township roads in Nelson. Nelson has been able to apply and receive Issue II money from the State that was used to pave some roads in Nelson. Issue II money is not always available because it is split with all of the Townships in Ohio. Nelson Township also has a General Fund levy that is used to maintain our Community House and Pixley Park. I would like to see the division of Federal and State tax funds divided more fairly to the Townships instead of the cities. This will give the Trustees more money to work with to improve our infrastructure.

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