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Bath Township Trustee - Term Commences 01/01/18 - Vote for no more than 2

Trustees are the legislative authority of the township. They also fulfill executive responsibilities for road maintenance, cemetery management, police and fire protection, EMS services, solid waste disposal and zoning in the township.
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    Brad Baxter Environmental Health and Safety Professional

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    Roy A. Hollenbacher Retired Lima Firefighter

  • Michael D. Meeks

  • Kevin Schmiedebusch Territory Sales Manager, Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company, Inc.

  • Robert E. Sielschott CPA

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Biographical Information

What is the single most important issue facing your township and how would you address it?

Current Occupation Director of Safety Sidney Electric Company
Education Graduate of Bath High School, Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Wilmington College, Completed a 5 year apprenticeship through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 32
Training & Experience Graduate of the Allen Lima Leadership program, 25 years experience in the construction industry, 20 years providing OSHA outreach instruction for construction industry, 10 years promoting apprenticeship programs available in our community.
Like many townships, Bath Township faces the dilemma of increased demands for services, rising fixed costs and infrastructure improvements. The single most important issue facing Bath Township is strong fiscal policy. Fiscal policy affects stability, growth, and income distribution. Citizens expect their government to ensure value-for-money spending, and transparent and accountable management of public resources.

Together with all stakeholders, I will evaluate all processes in all departments regarding their methods, efficiency, and results; and make changes accordingly. I will work collaboratively with residents and leaders to preserve our rural heritage; while managing growth, planning development, ensuring consistent zoning, and providing spaces that constituents want. With the township team and nearby municipalities, I will provide quality, efficient and cost-effective services to individuals and organizations. As a Bath Township Trustee, I will ensure the township plays a key role in regional initiatives.
Current Occupation Bath Township Trustee
Education 1968 Graduate Bath High School - Honorable Discharge US Army 1971
Training & Experience Current Bath Township Trustee; Secretary/Treasurer Allen County Township Association; Board Member of the Ohio Township Association; Board member of the Developmental Controls Committee, Administrative Affairs Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission; President of the Allen County Health Department District Advisory Council
Bath Township is a great place to live, work and raise our families. We have great neighborhoods, educational facilities and very nice camping and recreational areas. Bath Township is also fortunate to be the home to many of Allen County's largest employers that provide good employment for many Bath residents. Important issues present themselves everyday in every Township, but a single most important issue to me has always been and continues to be, maintaining all of these factors for the benefit of Bath Township residents. I first ran for office to support quality of life issues and I still work hard for that cause. Zoning enforcement and property maintenance is an ongoing concern. Providing good quality fire and paramedic service is something I am proud that Bath Township now has on a full time basis. Being a Bath Township Trustee requires more leadership than, "as time permits". I retired from the Lima Fire Department and have committed my time and energy to work for you and Bath Township. I am accessible, and I work daily to fulfill the duties as your Trustee. Every voter may have their own view as to what the important issues are in our Township. As your Trustee, my most important issue is having the time, and committing the time to serve Bath Township and its residents. My home phone number is 419-222-2909, my cell number is 419-230-0449 and I welcome email communications at
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Current Occupation I am a Territory Sales Manager for Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company, Inc. located at 3550 St John's Road Lima, Ohio. We are a John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment Dealer. I have been in this business for over 25 years.
Education I am a Bath High School Graduate Class of 1978. Attended Lima Technical College 1979 thru 1983 Business Administration and Marketing. I studied at night as I worked and payed for my education.
Training & Experience I have been involved in many organizations dealing with people and agencies. John Deere University, Certified Sales Manager, Dimensions of Professional Selling thru Carew International, National Management Association Management Training, Dealing with Government and Business for over 25 years, Past student Football Coach at Bath School, Involved in the Ohio Contractors Association as past Chairperson, Served on State Education and Legislative Board at the State level, Apollo Career Center Advisory Board Member CET Technology, Current Member of Bath Township Zoning Board of Appeals, Member of The Ohio Township Association, Member of The Allen County Township Association, Various Church Committees and Boards, Currently serve as The Lay Leader of the Huggy Bear Campground Sunday Morning Gospel Hour.
(419) 979-3747
The single most important thing facing our township is our budget and funding. My vision to aid this is to be more business friendly. We need to treat businesses how we would want to be treated. We need to grow our community into the future. We need to work with State, County, and Local government as well as our Businesses and other Local agencies for Business growth in Bath Township. This will be a win for all of us ( More jobs, More business) which will help our schools, give us better roads, and further enhance our safety services and infrastructure.
Current Occupation Founding partner and president of Sielschott, Walsh, Keifer and Regula, CPAs
Education BA in Accounting and Business Adm. Bluffton College1981
Training & Experience 34 years as a self employed CPA, employer, and practicing CPA
(419) 222-2001
The Bath Trusteeship needs to end current conflicts with other local and state governments, major Bath employers, economic development entities, local residents, and other municipalities. The Trustee Board needs to return focus to its providing of essential services, and working with other state agencies, local small businesses, large employers, and other local and state governments to expand employment opportunities and growth for our township residents and their families. I believe strongly that there is no greater good that a local government can do than to pursue economic opportunity and "bread winner" jobs for my neighbors and their children. Such a focus increases funding for local services and schools through economic growth, and increases the quality of life for Bath residents. This is what I have tried to do in my life and professional career, and it is what I would try to do as a Bath Township Trustee. logo


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