Three candidates are running for two seats on the Township of Truro board of directors on November 2.
The Board of Elections certified the petitions for nominations from incumbents Chris Long and Dennis Nicodemus and challenger Joseph Sorensen.
Voters in the Township of Truro will also decide the fate of a $ 1.5 million five-year tax renewal (and cut) that would raise about $ 550,586 per year for running expenses. This would cost homeowners $ 29.57 for $ 100,000 of property assessment, compared to $ 35 now.
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Sorenson, 42, said transparency was needed in the township.
“The most urgent problem facing the canton is transparency. Currently, the directors meet once a month at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The meetings are not broadcast live and the public has limited participation. We can provide a better public service than that, “he said.
“I have dedicated the past seven years to activities that help improve the lives of all residents of the Township of Truro. I have proven that our residents come first and I am committed to building a stronger community over the next four years, ”said Sorenson.
Sorensen is a teacher for the schools in the town of Reynoldsburg.
“I became a student council advisor for Reynoldsburg High School in 2014, and it has helped me get involved in community activities such as planning the reunion parade, volunteering for the Tomato Festival and service projects like the “Fill the Bus” campaign which collects food for several local pantries. I am currently working with a group to bring a Special Olympics program back to the town of Reynoldsburg. I look forward to being your next Truro Township administrator, ”he said.
Long, 63, said he had done the work in Truro Township and cited the new Main Street fire station and community paramedic program as examples.
He said he had four priorities as an administrator.
“Priority # 1: Continue to review current spending to find ways to reduce costs. Priority # 2: Use installed technology to deliver live meetings to members of the public who cannot attend in-person meetings. Priority n ° 3: Establish “during office hours” so that citizens come to discuss their concerns. Priority n ° 4: Adoption of question 35, renewal of levies with a reduction of 40%, reduction of property taxes for citizens “, he declared.
Long, a U.S. Air Force veteran, said his family moved to Reynoldsburg in 1962 and that he had over 40 years of leadership experience, including managing personnel and personnel and years of managing tight budgets. He was also a two-term member of Reynoldsburg City Council.
“The COVID pandemic has forced many organizations to use technology to expand the physical walls of their operations. The Township of Truro has already put the technology in place to do this. We need to determine the best way and the best platform to use, to open our assembled people virtually to the public. Give people at home or at work the opportunity to see and interact with the board and others physically present. The council should continue to assess the additional costs to make greater use of the opportunities for shared services through the Regional Council of Governments, “he said.
Nicodemus, 63, said equipment maintenance is the biggest problem the township faces.
“We have to be ready to respond to any emergency at any time of the day,” he said. “We have mutual aid agreements with the departments around us. We have shared services such as the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center (MECC) for dispatch, a mobile equipment mechanic, etc., with other local governments. . “
He also said he has experience for the job.
“I have been a trustee of the Township of Truro for 16 years. I have the experience and knowledge of the Township of Truro to continue serving our residents, ”he said.
“We are and are still going through a pandemic. It takes experience to overcome these situations and continue to provide the residents of the Town of Reynoldsburg and the Township of Truro with the services they deserve and pay for. I have learned a lot during my years of service, and I am proud of what we have accomplished.
Nicodemus graduated in 1976 from Reynoldsburg High School and Eastland Vocational School. He and his wife, Elena, have been married for 40 years and have two children and three grandchildren.
“I am retired as President of IBEW Local 683. I am an IBEW journeyman (electrician). I worked for electrical contractors from 1979 until I became president in 2005. I was an adult education instructor at the Electrical Trades Center for 12 years. years, ”said Nicodemus, adding that he was inducted into the Eastland-Fairfield Vocational and Technical Schools Hall of Fame in 2008.
Editor’s Note: These profile capsules were written using direct responses from candidates to The Columbus Dispatch questionnaire by October 8.