Here is the video from last week’s township trustee meeting. We are sorry for the delay getting it online, also due to technical difficulties, we missed the first minute or two of the meeting. Please see the video below…
Well, the August 5 filing deadline for the November 3 election has come and gone, here is a little info on all of the candidates for Township Trustee this year…
Gwen McFarlin – She is the incumbent, the only Democrat on the board of trustees. In office 20 years now, Gwen has voted to put tax levies on the ballot 13 times during her tenure as township trustee. She was also in favor of the JEDZ earnings tax that passed in May of 2014. By all accounts she seems to be very nice and professional. It’s clear that she cares about her community and wants to do what she feels is the right thing for the township, however 20 years is an awful long time to hold political office unless you are making a career of it.
Kyle W. Hufford – A local entrepreneur and political activist, Kyle and his wife have been living in Springfield Township for 7 years, they have a daughter who attends elementary school in Finneytown. He is the Republican endorsed candidate and is running on a “no new taxes” platform. He was also the driving force behind the opposition of the JEDZ earnings tax that passed in 2014. Kyle would like to put the township’s checkbook and financial data online for all Springfield Township taxpayers to see. He says he would also like to find a way, using existing revenue, to put more of the township’s resources towards fixing our roads.
Judith Boyce was also on the ballot, but decided to drop out of the race this past Monday.
So, how will you vote this November? Tell us below in the comments section!
Here is the video for last week’s work session meeting…
Here is the video from the two public hearings and the regular meeting last Wednesday. Sorry for the delay, we’ve been very busy! The two public hearings are about the solid waste district and also temporary appropriations for the 2016 tax year.
Here is the video from this week’s trustee work session meeting. The biggest discussion item in this meeting was SCIP grants that the township is applying for this year for road repairs. They outlined 4 different projects that they would like to complete in the near future, top priority is the resurfacing of Hempstead Dr.
Here is the video from this morning’s JEDZ board meeting. It’s pretty short, all they did was approve minutes from the last meeting and discuss business compliance with the implementation of the new tax. Apparently only about 65% of the businesses in the township are currently in compliance. They also stated that revenues for the first half of the year were higher than expected… Surprised?
We’ve just received a sunshine notification from the township that there will be a JEDZ Board meeting on Wednesday, June 24 at 9am. We will be there and will record the meeting and put it online for everyone to see. It’s really too bad that our township doesn’t record these meetings, especially since it is during the work day when most people are unable to attend.
We just received a sunshine notice that the regular meeting originally scheduled for July 14 has been moved to July 15 at 5:30pm. This will be the final public hearing for the proposed solid waste district. It will also be a public hearing regarding the 2016 tax budget. If you are able to make this meeting, please try to do so!
Here is the video from last week’s solid waste district hearing. They plan to have a similar public hearing next month on July 14 at 5:30pm. Please show up to ask questions if you have any concerns. It looks like this is probably going to move forward and if so the contract with the waste hauler will begin in April 2016. While it does sound like this plan will save residents money, it will eliminate their ability to have a choice in who will provide their solid waste removal service.
Here is the video from this week’s trustee work session meeting. It looks like this solid waste contract thing is going to happen, they are going to schedule another public hearing about it to inform residents. Not much else eventful happened, the meeting ended with them going into executive session to discuss employee compensation and the possible purchase of property for public use.
Here is the video from last night’s trustee meeting. Police Chief David Heimpold and services director John Mussleman both announced their retirement effective May 29. Other than that, pretty uneventful.