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Position papers: Copley Township Board of Trustees

10/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Naureen Dar vs. Scott Dressler (incumbent) vs. Dale Panovich (incumbent)

Voters living in Copley Township will vote for two candidates for Copley 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.


Naureen Dar

Why are you running for trustee?

“I am running for Copley Township Trustee because I have always had a profound commitment and a deep concern for our community; that was the reason why I got involved with the Board of Zoning Appeals and now I feel I need to take the next step in making the best decisions for our community. I believe that the most important change that Copley Township needs is someone who will sit down with the residents and listen to their concerns. I think communication and openness are essential. I am pragmatic, hands on, a creative problem solver and a good listener. If elected, I will serve the residents of Copley with integrity, accountability and common sense. I have been a part of Copley Township for 12 years and am confident that I have the vision and experience necessary for the growing needs in Copley Township.”

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

  1. “Improvements to and ongoing maintenance of our aging infrastructure.
    “Budgeting for infrastructure improvements, such as paving roads, drainage and sidewalk repair always improve a neighborhoods quality of life. Copley Township has storm water drainage issues in many neighborhoods. We need to stop ignoring flooding issues and develop a long range, 20-year plan to start improving our township drainage infrastructure
  2. “Neighborhood preservation, enhancement and community safety
    “To develop and improve amenities that add to the quality of life: parks, recreational opportunities, schools, shopping areas, and safety services. Have more and better ADA access in public facilities that are currently in place. Carefully monitor new housing developments to insure they that they will improve property values and the quality of life in our community
  3. “Improve & maintain fiscal accountability, economic development and protect taxpayer’s interests
    “Be fiscally responsible, finding grants and other programs to help the Residents without increasing taxes. I am very committed to economic development Trustees need to go out and sell private industry on the benefits of locating in Copley Township. Meet with current businesses located in Copley Township to find out what they need to grow their customer base and find out how Copley Township can help them meet their business goals. Complete Projects on time and under budget to ensure responsible utilization of taxpayer’s dollars.”


Scott Dressler (incumbent)

Why are you running for trustee?

“I enjoy working for the community and serving my constituents.”

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

  1. “Build a new facility for the Police Dept. because we need one.
  2. “Work closely with other govt. entities to correct flooding in Copley to preserve property.
  3. “Work with local groups to provide more activities for Senior Citizens.”


Dale Panovich (incumbent)

Why are you running for trustee?

“I want to continue to serve the residents of Copley Township. We have a good team that has accomplished many things during my tenure.”

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

  1. “Completion of a new police station which is badly needed due to lack of space at the current location. We will then plan on converting the current police facility into a community meeting facility. This would be at no additional tax increases to the residents.
  2. “Exploring more shared or joint services such as we have with Akron-Bath-Norton-Barberton and Copley-Fairlawn Schools. This is an economical way to provide superior services to Copley residents while saving tax payer’s money.
  3. “Continue to work toward a solution to our storm water issues. We have begun a study with Norton and Barberton regarding the feasibility of a water conservancy.”
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