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Position papers: Bath Township Board of Trustees

9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Becky Corbett (incumbent) vs. Darrin Kert vs. Jim Nelson (incumbent)

Voters living in Bath Township will vote for two candidates for Bath Township Board of Trustees in the Nov. 5 General Election. The race is nonpartisan. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted.

 

Becky Corbett (incumbent)

Why are you running for trustee?

“As a 30 year resident of Bath Township, I have had the pleasure of living in an outstanding community. The attributes that make Bath Township the community it is today have been achieved through the planning and dedication of those who have led it to its current level. I want to work to maintain those standards for today as well as for the years to come. Bath’s rural character is of great importance to its residents and makes it the community it is currently. I am committed to working to maintain that standard. Local government faces many challenges today. Serving as a current Trustee has given me firsthand experience in dealing with some of those issues. I relish the opportunity to continue to grow and to learn in order to meet those challenges head on. Realistically, the first several years of an elected term involve a major learning curve. I want to continue to serve as a Trustee at the point where I now have more knowledge and skills to offer in working for the welfare of the township and its residents.”

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

“My top priority as a Trustee is to serve with honesty and integrity. When I make a statement, residents can rely upon it to be factual. If I need further information and research, I will be straightforward in acknowledging that. Today we face many challenges in the area of financing. As we go forward, residents need to be certain that my goal is to always provide them with as complete and accurate information as possible. A second priority is to deal with the many challenges we face in the area of financing. The recent changes made in local government funding by the state of Ohio have made a major impact on our community. Fortunately, over the years the leadership of the township has taken a conservative approach in regard to financial decisions and budgeting. We need to continue in that vein. Our responsibility is to choose wisely both how and where our monies are spent. The services we provide to our residents constitute a third priority as we consider our financial decisions. The services we provide are critical to the well being of our residents and to the overall maintenance of Bath Township as a desirable residential community. Our firefighters and police officers are well trained and dedicated. Our service department and park employees are hardworking and conscientious. These standards need to be maintained while we balance the increased financial pressures of today.”

 

Darrin Kert

Why are you running for trustee?

“I grew up in a rural environment and am familiar with the trustee ship form of local, community focused government in The State of Ohio. I have had a strong sense of community since growing up on a family farm outside ‘The Historic Village of Wellington, Ohio.’ I wish to serve the Bath Township community and to help carry our future forward as well as preserve the heritage of our community. I enjoy living here with my family and look forward to the opportunity if chosen.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“The three top areas of focus, not in particular order, if elected to the office of Trustee would be (1) Focus on continued and improved maintenance of our local and county roads and road related services (2) Continued long range planning around our township budget, especially due to the recent changes (reductions) in funding from the state and (3) gain additional involvement from community based organizations and bridge communication between the different generations of our residents.

“Why? These are the three predominate issues at present that I have either personally observed or that have been shared with me as I speak with fellow residents throughout our Bath Township community. My top three priorities may change as I continue to listen to community feedback and take on the active role as a Bath Township Trustee.”

 

Jim Nelson (incumbent)

Why are you running for trustee?

“At this time everyone should be concerned with the economic challenges that everyone including government faces. With the loss of revenue from our state and the continued slow growth in all other areas we must plan for these economic factors, keeping foremost in our minds the needs and expectations of our citizens.

“At the onset of our national recession, I recommended a 10 percent ‘hold back’ on all department budgets until we could determine how our tax collections were going. Please know that all department budgets are carefully constructed and tightly controlled so that any change has a significant effect. Looking ahead to the future, we must continue to exercise fiscal control and responsibility.

“My goal for the townships departments is for them to meet or exceed the expectations of our citizens. The community has grown to expect a high level of service and our employees strive to meet those expectations. We receive many letters from citizens complimenting all our departments.

“Every crime and accident is series in Bath Township. Our police and fire departments present prevention programs as well as treat each call for assistance with the highest of professional standards. Continuing these services is always going to be my No. 1 priority.

“Attending state, county and local meetings is the source of information which brings back to our community the kinds of ideas and information that keeps us current. I attend these and represent our community in a variety of governmental functions. No one knows what the future …” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

“There are more than three, however these were especially meaningful to me.

  1. “Stopping annexation by Akron and Fairlawn which would have changed the face of our community forever.
  2. “Re-equipping our Police-Fire-Rescue-and Service Departments and providing them with the tools they need so that they can deliver the services citizens expect and support. Also tied to this is the reorganization of our administrative branch
  3. “Partnering with Richfield Village to bring water to the Revere Schools campus.”
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