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

Age 62
Education 4 year Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Kent State University
Training & Experience I was a Rootstown Township Trustee for 12 yrs. I currently co-own a real estate company in Rootstown. I worked at KSU for 20 yrs as a manager in the Computer Services dept. Running a township is a business, I have strong qualifications in business and employee mgmt.
The major responsibilities of a Township Trustee are to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its residents. The tax dollars the residents supply to the township should have priority in maintaining safe roads, ambulance and fire services and maintenance of the township cemetery. From my previous 12 years as a Rootstown Township Trustee, and reviewing the township budget over the last 4 years, I feel the township is poised to continue to provide these services to the residents of Rootstown. My main goal as a trustee would be to continue the funding of these important services within budget. I would also welcome input from the residents of Rootstown as to what direction they would like to see Rootstown progress, and ensuring there is adequate funding to accomplish those goals. The management of a township is a business, and I feel, with my background, that I have very strong capabilities in budget and employee management to make Rootstown a place its residents are proud to call home.
Age 58
Education Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kent State, Life and Health Insurance License, Series 6 & 63 Investment License
Training & Experience 4 years as Township Trustee, 41 years at KeyBank, 15 years as manager and supervisor, 20 years in Rootstown Chamber of Commerce, currently a trustee, past treasurer, South Portage Rotary president 2007-2009, Rootstown United Methodist Church audit and finance committee
Rootstown is currently one of the few townships in Portage County not to have a road levy, we support our infrastructure from the general fund. One of the biggest issues facing Rootstown is that new developments have been allowed by the county to put roads in at a lesser standard than what has been approved by the township. The township is forced by the county to accept the roads, even though they weren't installed to the township's standards. In a short time the roads and storm drains are failing and in need of major repairs at the township's expense. We have worked with the county to make sure the roads are installed to the township's standards so the roads last longer. We have a maintenance schedule for the roads keeping them crack sealed, chip and sealed, and trying out new materials to make the roads last longer. We also apply for Issue II money to help pay the cost of repaving roads. We work closely with venders to make sure we get the best prices on materials and equipment
Education Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Akron
Training & Experience An experience township trustee. Skills in community planning, grant writing, budgeting and employee relations. Proven leadership, including serving as the past president of Portage County Building Board of Appeals and serving 10 years on Portage Industries Board.
We need to make sure that the township protects its infrastructure, specifically the roads, bridges and culverts. The township needs to continue the preventative maintenance on the roads and timely inspections of the bridges and culverts. The township also needs to maximize grants for the roads to save the community money. When I served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees the township was able to balance its budget without asking for new levy monies, include a road levy.
Age 42
Education Rootstown High School 1994 Bachelor of Arts & Science Degree Kansas State University 1998
Training & Experience I have been around Government for a good portion of my life. I worked for Ravenna City, Ravenna Twp. Portage County Courts, Probation and Dog Warden. This work experience has prepared me to lead Rootstown Township forward.
When funding the infrastructure in a community you need to understand how funding works (Taxes). No one wants more taxes, but people do expect more services. I helped the Trustees to currently look at all sources of additional revenue available from the JEDD to getting some property tax from NEOMED. Even with Local Govt. funds being cut from the state we have been very resourceful in making sure the services in Rootstown have remained unchanged. We have been taking advantage of state programs through Jobs and Family Services such as free summer help employees to use in the road crew. We also applied for and received a $28,000 Grant from ODNR to help develop our township park. We are currently fighting for a larger share of the Local Govt. Fund distribution. Rootstown has the 3rd largest population for townships in the county we should get a larger share of the LGF monies. Rootstown is a growing community whether we want it or not, we need to make sure the growth is in the correct way.
Age 46
Education OSU/ATI Associates Degree in Applied Sciences
Training & Experience Machinist, Golf Course Construction / Maintenance, Landscaping, Restaurant, Trucking, Logistics,
Build the tax base very thoughtfully by adding businesses while at the same time maintaining the rural character of the town. This will help fund the infrastructure needs of our small town.

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