New trustee eyeing business, recreation opportunities
|Joe DiLauro is Springfield Township’s newest trustee.|
|Photo courtesy of Joe DiLauro|
DiLauro, 44, was sworn in to his seat on the board during a special meeting Dec. 2, taking over for former trustee Bruce Killian, who retired Nov. 30. He was elected to the seat in the Nov. 6 General Election.
DiLauro acknowledged the importance of the business of running a township, but said his involvement in youth sports has him eyeing leisure activities for current residents and to attract new ones.
His youth activities include serving as treasurer for the Springfield Township Athletic League and overseeing the Joint Economic Development District Park on Pickle Road until Parks and Recreation Director Doug Foltz was hired in the spring. He is a volunteer coach for middle school football and fills in as an announcer for high school football games. He also serves as a member on the Vince Mealy Scholarship Committee.
DiLauro said he is eyeing continued development of community features such as Springfield Lake to increase recreational offerings for all residents.
“I like the lakefront improvements made to date,” he said. “We are moving in the right direction, but we can do more. I would like to help people discover what a great asset the lake is.”
Another worthy recreational opportunity is the planned hike and bike trail being developed between Springfield and Lakemore, according to DiLauro. Springfield and Lakemore officials recently approved survey work needed for this project.
“I also want to help create a multi-age playground and basketball courts for high-school-age children in the township,” said DiLauro. “The township has an old playground for young children. I want to see more recreational activities here in the township so that families don’t have to load up the car with the kids and go elsewhere to have some fun.”
DiLauro said he also hopes to use his professional experience to benefit the township. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a major in accounting, from the University of Toledo in 1992, and for the last 20 years he has been an auditor for the state looking at businesses in several counties to ensure Bureau of Workers’ Compensation matters are properly handed. He said he hopes to use this experience to ensure the responsible use of the township’s tax dollars while maintaining services to the community.
“Our safety services are outstanding,” said DiLauro. “I want to make sure they have the equipment, including a new fire truck, to do their job for the residents.”
In addition, DiLauro said he supports the township’s current efforts to clean up vacant, blighted and unsightly properties in the township.
“I would like this to continue to make the township more aesthetically pleasing,” he said. “That would include adding plantings and decorative lamp posts to the Canton Road/U.S. [Route] 224 area during its improvement.”
DiLauro said continued growth and improvements to the township’s commercial sectors are important and needed to reduce the tax burden on residents.
“If we can bring a Starbucks, a Chipotle or a Panera to the Canton Road/U.S. [Route] 224 area, others will follow,” he said.
He also believes residential growth is important because it helps to bring and extend sanitary sewers and water services, but he acknowledged the township’s newer developments are “filling up.”
“We need to continue to focus on growing, and we need to be more aggressive about this,” he said. Improving the walkability of the township by adding more sidewalks and streetscaping will help, he added.
DiLauro has been married for 17 years to Kristine DiLauro, a sixth-grade teacher at Schrop Intermediate School, and they have two sons, Racco, 16, and Zachary, 14.
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