Local Archive May 2002
Park to get boost from grant
Union County Commissioners' report
Area girl a finalist in safe driver contest
Tax increase will appear before voters
Local program takes new approach to children's issues
Ready to answer the call
Jerome Twp. Trustees take action of fees
NU Levy Committee to stay active
Fairbanks Board learns about study group program
MHS ' Wallace has found success in local district
THEY DID THEIR DUTY IN ALL THINGS
Communities list Memorial Day Activities
JDC working through tough times
Marysville Library eyes name change
Winds cause damage in county
Fairbanks' Justin Breidenbach knows where he's going
Health Dept. tracking leukemia cases
Car dealer tells council he is fed up
9-1-1 issue passes
Jon alder building levy approved by slim margin
New schools for North Union
Parrott defeats Holtschulte
Lee, Snider also win contested races
Trustee meeting filled with controversy
Candidates unopposed in GOP, Dem primaries
Officials aim to open eyes with Friday demonstrations
Retired J-T editor, publisher dies
Two seeking county commissioner seat
Park to get boost from
Union County is one step closer to receiving part of $200 million in the Clean Ohio Conservation fund.
Jim Westfall of Marysville, a member of the Natural Resource Advisory Council, said two Union County applications have been forwarded to the Ohio Public Works Commission with a recommendation for acceptance. A final announcement is expected in July.
Marysville submitted an application for $179,300 and Metro Parks sought $690,000. The Metro Parks project totals $1.7 million and is for land acquisition for up to five parcels at the Glacier Ridge Metro Park in Jerome Township. The city of Marysville's project totals $242,310 and would develop Mill Valley Park.
Westfall said the advisory council considered 12 applications from eight counties and selected nine for approval. Total funds available are $2.3 million.
This is the first step in distributing $400 million approved by voters for revitalization of brownfields, natural resource protection and improvement, trail development and farmland preservation. Westfall's advisory council considered only applications for natural resource protection and improvement.
Union County Commissioners' report
The Union County Commissioners' journal lists the following actions taken on May 13:
. Unanimously approved a resolution finding it necessary to levy a tax in excess of the 10-mill limitation for the Union County Heath Department. The resolution is for a replacement levy not to exceed .5-mills for 10 years. It will go before voters in November.
. Approved a petition for annexation to the city of Dublin concerning 1.319 acres from Jerome Township.
. Met with Danny Boggs, Memorial Hospital of Union County administrator, and Gail DeGood-Guy of the Veterans Office to discuss the Health Department Building located near the hospital. The current commissioners had suggested moving the Veterans Office to the brick building located next to the hospital when the Health Department relocates to the old Kmart building. The hospital trustees, however, are upset with the suggestion. Boggs said previous commissioners had told the hospital if the health department moved out, the hospital would get the building. Boggs then gave a current and future needs list and a possible uses list for the building. The list includes the following needs: parking, expanded blood draw and sleep lab, expanded space for development council and public relations, three current requests for physician office space and separate convenient care from emergency room.
The commissioners have a statutory requirement to provide space for the veterans office. The veterans need four private offices, a boardroom, a reception room and file room. Other suggested locations for the veterans office include space in the old Kmart building, Union Manor, the Seventh Street Building or to stay where they are on Sixth Street.
. Approved change orders for the old Kmart building - Gutknecht Construction of Columbus increased by $1,423; and Gaylor Electric of Dublin increased by $19,250 to provide a fire alarm system.
. May 15 was declared Truman and Dorothy Nicol Day in Union County. The Nicols were inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in Columbus May 15. Proclaimed Senior Citizens Week May 19-25.
. Met with Union County Health Commissioner Anne Davy and learned that Jason Orcena will be taking the position vacated by Jayne Moreau.
Area girl a finalist
in safe driver contest
By RYAN HORNS
Driving a horse trailer for a year just might give Marysville student Rebecca Robinson the edge she needs when it comes to defensive driving.
Robinson was chosen as one of 12 student finalists in the 2002 Ohio's Safest Young Drivers contest.
Sponsored by Honda of America Mfg., in partnership with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Public Safety, American Family Insurance, The Mid-Ohio School, AAA and AAA Insurance, Network, Clear Channel Ohio and Safe America Foundation, the OSYD is designed to encourage safe driving among young drivers from ages 16 to 18.
The group met at 9 a.m. today at the Transportation Research Center of Ohio in East Liberty to drive on the company's Vehicle Dynamics Area course for the remainder of the competition.
The first place winner in the final drive off will receive a new Honda Civic EX Coupe, while second and third place contestants will get $1,000 scholarships from Honda.
"I drive a horse trailer and because of that I've learned a lot about how not to drive like some other people do," Robinson said. The trailer not only has a larger presence on the road and is harder to maneuver, she said, but she sits much higher in the cab than other drivers on the road. The lofty position made it clearer to her how careful and aware of her driving she must be - the perfect preparation for such a contest. Everyone involved will get a complimentary year of AAA service, Robinson said.
Robinson, 18, will graduate this year and plans to attend Otterbien College in the fall to major in nursing. After hearing about the scholarship opportunity from her guidance office at North Union High School, she applied by taking a written test and writing an essay about the importance of safe driving.
"I just wrote about S.A.F.E.T.Y.," Robinson said, "and what all the letters stand for individually."
For example, the first letter "S" is a key to remember "Sobriety - No drinking and driving." "A" is to remember to stay "Alert - to weather, road conditions, and other drivers."
Honda Communications Director Sharon Van Winkle reported that the contest received entries from students in 79 of Ohio's 88 counties.
"Since safe driving is usually a result of driver commitment and experience, we are pleased to sponsor (the program) because we want to help young drivers make the commitment to put driving safety as their top priority," Honda's Vice President of Support Services, Rick Schostek, said.
Last week the finalists spent the day taking an emergency driving skills course at the Mid-Ohio School located at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington where professional drivers instructed them on emergency lane changes, wet-braking skills and how to avoid a crash. Other finalists were Sierra Smith of Sylvania; Janna Carpenter of
Bowling Green; Jody Teresi of Chardon; Katherine Hastings of Parma; Jami Marken of Akron; Kelly Miller of Reminderville; Ashley Piening of Minster; Melissa Gunnell of Beavercreek; Anthony Baldwin of Waterford; Matthew Plank of Oxford; Laura Ryan of West Chester.
Tax increase will
appear before voters
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville City Council decided Tuesday night to ask city residents to increase an income tax which has been stable for the past 34 years.
According to city administrator Bob Shaumleffel, at the financial strategy meeting, council voted to proceed with a future ballot issue increasing the city income tax by 1/2 percent. The issue was approved by a 6-1 vote, with council member Dan Fogt in disagreement.
The change would raise the city's tax collection rate to 1.5 percent. The tax issue is expected to be on the November ballot, Shaumleffel said, and council needs to have the figures in to the Board of Elections by Aug. 22.
He added it will give the city 90 days to organize the language and to give information to the public about what they can expect. The need for additional funding within the city has been an important issue over the past years. "There are a lot of capital projects not being done," he added, "and I think this sets the city on a good course." Mayor Steve Lowe's Five-year Plan details spending to include: . $17 million for a 119,280-square-foot city hall/justice center for police and administration.
. $2.5 million for a second fire station and $730,000 to replace the department's 30-year-old ladder truck.
. $2 million to fix city streets and $840,000 a year maintain them. RITA income tax figures for the city,which were expected to come in on May 15, are not complete. Depending on the amount of funds brought in, council and the administration will know how much of an increase to pursue.
At the May 23 council meeting Lowe suggested using last year's figures to come up with answers until new data is available. He added that he does not foresee having to change the 1/2 percent figure if the RITA numbers come in soon. "That figure is actually below what we need," Lowe said, "I don't think we'll have to change them."
Shaumleffel added that there are no absolute final decisions on the ballot figures right now.
While the tax increase issue was the only major action taken at the Tuesday night meeting, discussions were also held on other options for increasing revenue to pay for Lowe's five-year plan. Lowe said council surprised him Tuesday night by deciding on additional issues discussed at past financial strategy meetings.
The option of enacting an additional 3 percent bed tax on lodging for transient guests in hotels, generating an additional $60,000, was approved. Also, the city will impose an auto registration fee of $5, generating approximately $85,000. Increasing EMS billing to city residents was also agreed on. Council will proceed by coming up with an ordinance to place on a future agenda.
"There are still discussions going on about what's going to be accomplished," Shaumleffel said. More discussions will be held at the next Marysville City Council meeting on June 13.
Local program takes new
approach to children's issues
By CINDY BRAKE
A year after community leaders met to control skyrocketing mental health costs for a few of the county's most troubled children, MST is in place.
MST stands for Multi-Systemic Therapy.
It is an intensive homebased therapy program that works with families of adolescents or older children who have delinquent or other serious anti-social behavior. Most of these "hard-core" cases involve children who have been victims themselves, have multiple mental health problems and are on medications for mental health reasons.
"We make it easier for them to do the right thing and harder to do the wrong thing," James Ramage, director of Union County MST, said.
By changing a child's behavior and environment, MST's goal is to keep the youth in their home and prevent them from from needing further services. The program involves a child's parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbors.
MST is very structured, with clear expectations and rules that include consequences and privileges. It keeps the parents one step ahead of their kids.
"Most kids respond to structure," Ramage said. Since the program began in October, three cases have been completed and the children are no longer under MST supervision. Followups will continue at six-month, 12-month and 18-month benchmarks. Ramage said a case must be closed a year before it is labeled successful. Before MST, these youths would have been placed in an expensive, out-of-county, residential care facility with varying results. In January 2001 the county was being asked to pay an additional $400,000 to institutionalize six local boys who had exhausted all other types of treatment available within the county. Residential care can cost from $138 to $245 a day for each child.
While the county still must pay for some out of county care, MST is helping to reduce those numbers. Added to the excessive cost of residential care is the disturbing statistic that most of the youths who use it will find themselves in trouble again after they return home. Some statistics state that two in three who go through residential care will be back in the system once they are released. MST, on the other-hand, has a 70 percent success rate.
The local MST program is based on a program developed 25 years ago by the Medical University of South Carolina. It began with approximately $300,000 from the Union County Commissioners, Juvenile Court, Department of Job and Family Services and Mental Health and Recovery Board.
Ready to answer the call
By RYAN HORNS
Law enforcement officers across the nation and locally are looking for a few good people.
Radio dispatchers, considered to be a beneficial part of any department, also happen to be the hardest positions to keep filled.
"I don't think they get the credit they deserve," Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer said. "They are really a special type of person." "Most people think they just answer the phones," he said, "But there is more to it than that."
Currently the Marysville Police Department is looking to add more full time dispatchers to help even out the work load placed on the current staff.
Mayer said the type of person the department is looking for has to be intelligent, computer literate, friendly and courteous, have full knowledge of the city streets and must be a calming force to people when dealing with upset callers. At the same time dispatchers must monitor the radio's five law enforcement channels and two fire department channels and providing officers with background information, license registrations and record checks.
"They are really the true first responders," Union County Sheriff John Overly said, adding that lives have been saved by dispatchers providing CPR directions over the phone.
The position is a considered a stressful job, dealing with excited callers and sometimes life threatening situations, which has resulted in a high turnover rate as people come in and find themselves overextended.
"A lot of the things happen simultaneously," Mayer said. This is when things can get stressful, he said.
According to Union County Sheriff John Overly, it has become a problem nationally, not just locally. As the first voice heard when dialing 9-1-1, dispatchers keep victims calm until help arrives. They also tell residents to evacuate homes if necessary during fires and generally try and keep the situation in a calmer perspective.
Mayer explained that part of the training of a dispatcher is knowing how to provide first aid safety information over the phone. "Which can be a little more difficult that you think," he said. The Marysville police department received about 225 emergency calls last month. They all go through the dispatchers first who decide what is high priority, knowing that officers and 9-1-1 calls come first. "That's why it is critical for us to have two people, especially during busy times," Mayer said.
Marysville dispatcher Rodney Hesson has been at his job for the past 11 years. Dealing with stress at the department for him has not been a big factor, he said.
"I've never really worried about it," Hesson said. "It's service orientated and you are helping people. That is one of the things I always wanted to do."
During a seven-year period he was simultaneously a part-time dispatcher and part-time fire fighter, which was even more hectic, he said. The only problems Hesson can find in the dispatcher trade is that the position requires late hour shifts at the beginning. "When you start out you get the bottom of the pile," he said. He said it used to be those hours were usually calm and with low instances of emergency.
"But with the overall growth of the city, the second shift is starting to change," he said. "It used to be there was one person per shift," Hesson said, "But now you really need two. At some point we might even need three." Currently the department has gone through the interview process in its search for new-full time dispatchers. The open positions involve 12-14 weeks of training before the dispatchers become proficient at the job.
Mayer reported that the department currently has close to 20 applications for the open spot in Marysville. Entrance examinations were conducted by the Marysville Civil Service Commission May 7.
Jerome Twp. Trustees take action
By CINDY BRAKE
Jerome Township's three trustees rolled back the cost of digging up the dead Monday night.
Disinternment costs were cut in half from $3,000 to $1,500 pending a further study.
Trustee Ron Rhodes voiced concern at Monday's regular meeting about the current cemetery fees introduced in March by trustees Freeman May and Sharon Sue Wolfe. Referring to state statute which permits trustees to establish reasonable prices, he said the current numbers were arbitrarily set with no cost study and could lead to a possible lawsuit.
Rhodes questioned the cost of a two-person lot which increased from $120 to $700 and whether the township should be taking promissory notes for cemetery fees. May explained the question of accepting a promissory note arose when an individual said he was waiting for insurance money. "We are not the bank," Rhodes said. "Are we going to issue promissory notes to everybody?"
May said he has received a lot of calls about the township's fees for decks and garages. All the trustees and zoning inspector Norm Puntenney appeared concerned that the township charges $300 to install a 10-foot square shed.
"It's too much," Rhodes said, with Puntenney adding, "much, much too much." Rhodes suggested the trustees study the fee schedule before making changes.
With no attorneys present and an audience of only 30 individuals, Monday's regular meeting took on a much more subdued atmosphere than previous meetings held since May and Wolfe took office in January. Prior meetings saw an average attendance of 100 citizens and three attorneys present.
In other business:
. An agreement prepared by township attorney Susan Kyte contained errors. The agreement is with the township and a homeowners' association for an entrance feature at New California Drive and U.S. 42. Rhodes recommended returning the agreement to Kyte.
. Wolfe referred a question to Kyte about political action committees presenting reports at township meetings.
. Trustees approved Ohio Edison cutting down a tree in Wolfe Park that could fall on an electric line.
. Wolfe suggested the township investigate costs of leaf pickup in the Kimberly Woods subdivision.
. A citizen pointed out that a Hickory Ridge Road improvement near Route 736 has caused a washout on personal property and the resident is not able to mow her front yard.
. Puntenney discussed a junk problem on the Henry Tinker property.
. Glen Hochstetler of the Industrial Parkway Business Association reported that local businessmen have created a political action committee. He invited a trustee to attend their next meeting. May said he would attend.
. May suggested that the township send a letter accepting inmates sentenced to community service to assist in road cleanup.
. The township Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Jerome Methodist Church with ceremonies to follow at the cemetery.
. Trustees met with Union County Sheriff John Overly about the Public Safety Officer program and adding an additional officer to work jointly in Millcreek and Jerome Townships.
NU Levy Committee to stay active
The bulk of its work done, the North Union Bond Issue committee is going to attempt to stay involved in the school district.
The committee was honored by the North Union School Board at Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting. Several group members were presented certificates of appreciation.
The levy committee was the driving force behind a campaign that convinced northern end voters to pass a $13 million bond issue. That money combined with state money will result in the construction of new elementary and middle schools and a large addition and renovation project at the high school.
Committee co-chairman Bryan Bumgarner explained that the group did not want to dissolve. After the presentation the members went directly into another meeting in which they hashed out ways to stay involved in the local education system.
A special plaque was presented to Bumgarner, co-chairman Dennis Hall and treasurer Freida Kyle. The plaque, noting their contributions to the campaign, will be affixed inside one of the new schools.
In other business, the board:
. Affirmed the date for the North Union High School graduation as June 7 and the date for the eighth grade celebration as June 5.
. Heard a presentation from Jackson Elementary staff on developmental spelling.
. Heard a request from district staff members for a literacy coordinator position to be created.
. Gave a certificate of appreciation to Chris Hansen for his work on Super Saturdays.
. Approved revisions to the student athlete handbook and the coaches handbook by a 5-0 vote.
. Voted 5-0 to participate with the Delaware Union Educational Service Center for the coming school year.
. Unanimously approved membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the North Union middle and high schools.
. Voted to renew enrollment in the Ohio School Boards Association Worker Compensation Group Rating Program.
. Voted to approve the Delaware-Union participation agreement with Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center. Delegates for the governing board were also set.
. Set the date for the next school board meeting for June 24.
. Voted 5-0 to authorize bids for a 71-passenger diesel school bus.
. Approved the Entry Year Program handbook as required by state mandate.
. Voted unanimously to approve participation in Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio Inc. for the coming school year at a cost of $40 per building.
. Accepted the resignation due to retirement of Rebecca Diedrich after 23 years of service.
. Voted to grant a limited leave of absence for high school teacher Stewart Gardner.
. Accepted the resignation of Walter Everly as high school custodian.
.Approved limited supplemental contracts to Eldonna Ashley, Jennifer Compton, Linda Meyer, Joann Kirby, Maryann Morrison, Debra Setser, Margo Shipp and Brent Wygant.
. Approved limited expiring supplemental contracts to several certificated individuals. They are Barbara Adams, co-middle school student council advisor; Mike Adams, assistant varsity football coach; Roger Baker, sophomore class advisor; Matt Burggraff, high school cross country and girls track coach; Kelly Byers, middle school girls track coach; Brent Chapman, head football coach and high school boys track coach; Jennifer Compton, Leesburg-Magnetic and Claibourne elementaries music production; Morgan Cotter, summer weightroom coordinator, assistant varsity football and co-assistant baseball coach; Diane Crosthwaite, high school In-The-Know advisor; Linda Davis, middle school FHA advisor; Luanne Dunham, high school student council and newspaper advisor; Kurt Grunert, industrial arts advisor; Jane Holtschulte, middle
school music production; Larry Joseph, art club advisor; Rebecca LaRue, assistant athletic director; Ivan Leavitt, elementary and middle school music production; Marcia Livingston, senior class advisor; Bob Moore, head basketball coach; Dawn Newell, head softball coach; Richard Rausch, freshman class advisor, assistant middle school athletic director and co-assistant baseball coach; Nevin Smith, young farmers advisor; Steven Somerlot, head baseball coach; Joe Speyer, middle school boys track coach; Brian Terrill, head girls basketball coach; Tyler Tingley, freshman boys basketball coach; Jean Wedding, national honor society coach; and Marcia Ziegler, assistant girls basketball coach.
.Approved one-year limited expiring supplemental contracts to several non-certificated individuals. They are Jason Asher, assistant varsity wrestling coach; Scot Gorsuch, varsity volleyball coach; Matt Hall, eighth grade boys basketball coach; Ernie Jamison, seventh grade boys basketball coach; Katherene Johnston, substitute caller; Terry Setser, assistant varsity football coach; Eric Shields, boys basketball varsity coordinator; Kristi Smith, seventh grade girls basketball coach; Suzanne Springer, co-middle school student council advisor; Donna Temple, junior class advisor and yearbook advisor; Don Wasserbeck, seventh grade football coach and head wrestling coach; and Amy Wilson, junior varsity softball coach and eighth grade volleyball coach. .Voted to extend limited expiring extended time contracts to Brent Chapman, O.W.E. instructor, 15 days; Luanne Dunham, district librarian, 10 days; Kurt Grunert, industrial technologies, 10 days; Kathy Johnson, middle school guidance, 10 days; Tom Jolliff, high school agriculture, 60 days; Kevin Kehn, middle school attendance officer, five days; Ivan Leavitt, marching band instructor, 20 days; Doug Lichtenberger, elementary guidance, five days; Marcia Livingston, work and family life, 10 days; Nevin Smith, high school agriculture, 60 days; Steve Somerlot; athletic director, 42 days; and Jennifer Willis, high school guidance, 20 days.
Fairbanks Board learns
about study group program
By JUDY BOEHLER
The Fairbanks Board of Education heard about a program which will be instituted next year throughout the district.
Whole Faculty Study Groups (WFSG) will be formed to study ways to increase student learning, according to curriculum director Gloria Werline and elementary principal Mark Lotycz, who have been working together on the program this school year.
Werline said she learned of WFSG through a colleague in Franklin County who has implemented the project in many individual schools. The Fairbanks program is the first to be implemented throughout a district. Werline said that WFSG is a professional development which is totally aimed at student needs. Groups of three to six teachers will focus on a specific student need at their level of teaching. Meetings will be held during scheduled inservice times and all suggestions, progress and solutions will be posted so that teachers can see what other groups are doing.
The board recognized the retirements of June Smith, an elementary teacher who began at Fairbanks in 1969, and Sue Lowery, who has taught at the middle school since 1984.
In other business, the board:
. Approved tuition reimbursements for Stephanie Fairchild, Kacey Williams, Larry Morris and Renee Matusik.
. Approved a contract with the Delaware/Union Education Service Center at a cost of $155,000.
. Approved the donation of gifts during the 2001-2002 school year from the Fairbanks Athletic Boosters to the Fairbanks Athletic Department in the amount of $15,315.95.
. Approved the F.E.E.D. summer program and morning program for the 2001-2002 school year.
. Approved continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2002-03 school year.
. Approved participation in the Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center.
. Approved the following textbooks: "The American Pageant," high school AP American history; and "The Case of the Missing Cutthroats," "The Voyage of the Frog," "Zia," "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" as seventh and eighth grade novels for the Jason Project.
In personnel matters, the board:
. Accepted the resignations of Michelle King, high school math; June Smith, elementary school; and Rachel Jones, summer school second grade.
. Approved Kara Pinkerton as high school math teacher for the 2002-03 school year.
. Rescinded the resolution which approved Mark Geer for a three-year contract, which was made at the April 15 meeting, and approved him for a continuing contract.
. Approved Ruth Nicol as a summer school teacher.
. Approved Emily Hammond, Thelma Howe, Karen Woolum, Robert Deal and Jane Dean as certified substitutes for the 2001-02 school year.
. Non-renewed the contracts for the same substitute teachers.
. Approved John Finney as 2002 summer intervention teacher for high school students who need to pass portions of the Ninth Grade Proficiency Tests.
. Approved extended time contracts for Bonnie Ayars, 10 days; Barbara Croft, 20 days; Ben Keller, 20 days; Jeff Pica, 20 days; Ed Rebmann, 20 days; Rob Riddle, 60 days; and Nevin Taylor, 60 days.
. Approved the resignations of Timothy Winland as head boys basketball coach and Matthew Weikert, junior varsity boys basketball coach.
. Approved supplemental contracts for the 2002-03 school year for Jeff Pica, head high school football coach; Joe Newell, assistant high school football coach; Kevin Franke, volunteer football assistant; Chip Fillman, middle school football coach; Amy Scheiderer, head high school volleyball coach; Mary Beth Gore, junior varsity volleyball coach; John Finney, cross country coach; Larry Morris, high school golf coach; Lynn Taylor, high school cheerleading advisor; Rob Riddle, head high school girls basketball coach; Bob Williams, head wrestling coach; Barry Keith, head high school baseball coach; Trevor Burns, high school boys track coach; John Finney, high school girls track coach; Dan Stillings, high school softball coach; and Andrew Pinkerton, soccer coach.
MHS ' Wallace has found success
in local district
By CORINNE BIX
Crystal Wallace plans on flying high after graduation next year, as a nurse in the United States Air Force.
Wallace is looking forward to pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse after high school. "I've always wanted to be a nurse because I like helping people and I don't like seeing people sick," Wallace said.
She will graduate on time in Spring of 2003 with her classmates despite a rough start to high school. "I never liked school before moving to Marysville," Wallace said. Originating from Dublin, Wallace moved with her father to Indiana after eighth grade. "I failed my freshman year in Indiana and I was able to make up the credits at Marysville in order to graduate with my class," Wallace said.
She returned to central Ohio after one year in Indiana. Wallace and her father chose to settle in Marysville to be near a local uncle as well as family in Delaware. Upon starting at Marysville High School, Wallace began with the same bad attitude that led to failing grades in Indiana. It was after becoming involved with the special education program and meeting Tammie Cooper that things began to turn around for Wallace.
"Mrs. Cooper has helped me in more ways than I have ever known. She is a great teacher," Wallace said. Cooper is the intervention specialist for Marysville High School. She had similar accolades for her student. "Crystal is a dear. She is a wonderful student and I am just so proud of what she has done academically," Cooper said Overall, Wallace has gone from making all failing grades to straight A's. She is very excited on being nominated for the Rotary sponsored, A+ for effort award, which spotlights students who have overcome different challenges and gone on to excel. "It feels so great," Wallace said.
Along with keeping up her grades, Wallace is a server at Pizza Hut. She started with the area restaurant in early spring. "We work as a team and the atmosphere is laid back and a lot of fun," Wallace said. In all, she works about thirty hours a week and strives for a full forty. Before coming to Pizza Hut, Wallace worked at Milcrest Nursing home for one year. She also helps to keep up the family home that she shares with her father. "Since my Dad travels during the week I help to keep the house running," Wallace said. She is planning on joining the Air Force after graduation to pursue her goal to become an registered nurse.
"The Air Force has the best nursing classes," Wallace said. She is planning on beginning a program this summer with the Air Force which will help her decide on what type of nursing specialty she will later go into.
Next Fall, she will be eligible for a mentor program with the Air Force where she will have the opportunity to work with military nurses. "I am really looking forward to it," Wallace said.
THEY DID THEIR DUTY
IN ALL THINGS
Editor's note: This piece is submitted by retired Maj. Gen. Oscar Decker, chairman, Marysville Memorial Day Committee, in honor of Union County veterans.
This theme fits not only the military whom we will honor on Memorial Day, but those heroes of the September 11, tragedies in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
What a change in our lives since that day eight months ago! Our freedoms were suddenly brought to the forefront of our minds and heroism was thrust on many who went to work that morning without having a second thought of freedom, terrorism or heroism. As we pause this Memorial Day to honor the Veterans who in many wars and through many peacetime periods have contributed to our United States and the free world, it seems appropriate to also remember the heroes of 9-11
Thousands have fallen in combat during the history of our nation. While it is always time to be thankful that we have had men and women willing to fight and die if necessary to maintain the freedoms that we cherish and experience every day, Memorial Day is a special day to celebrate the memory of our honored dead and express our thanks to those family members who have mourned for them.
It is a day of mixed emotions, thinking about those who made the supreme sacrifice and the families they left behind and at the same time honoring them by remembering them and what they did.
While Memorial Day is for remembering the past, time also needs to be spent in reflecting on those who are representing us in the trouble spots of the world today and there are more today than there were a year ago at this time.
The media takes us to those places and the turmoil there on a daily basis. Our military personnel are in many of those places and in harm's way. They know that freedom has a price.
list Memorial Day Activities
At 9 a.m. May 27 a ceremony will be held on the North Main Street Bridge to honor the dead lost at sea. The Rev. Richard Genzman, pastor of the First English Lutheran Church and also an Army National Guard Chaplain, will be the chaplain and Elizabeth Ward will provide special music. The Navy hymn will be played and sung by attendees.
At 9:30 a.m. the parade will start at Plum and Fifth streets and will proceed up Fifth Street to Oakdale Cemetery. In case of inclement weather the route will be shortened to go to the Veterans Auditorium where the ceremony will be conducted. WUCO, 1270 AM, will announce if the inclement weather route and location will be used.
The Marysville High School band will furnish parade music. Organizations desiring to join the Parade may contact VFW Post 3320, which sponsors the parade. Individuals are encouraged to participate. The parade Marshal will be The Rev. Jack Groat, former pastor of the Marysville Presbyterian Church.
Scouts will hand out flags to children courtesy of the American Legion. Children are encouraged honor the flag of our country by placing their right hand over their heart to show proper respect.
At 10 a.m. ceremonies will begin at Oakdale Cemetery (Veterans Auditorium on Sixth Street in case of inclement weather) The Marysville Middle School Band will give a pre-ceremony concert at Oakdale beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the combined bands will play during the ceremony.
Honored guests will be our former Prisoners of War, Disabled American Veterans, those who served in the Women's Army Corps (WACs) and the Seabees since it is the 60th Anniversary of their establishment. WUCO will broadcast the ceremonies sponsored by the Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood. Lawn chairs are appropriate for additional seating.
Groat, who served in the Army from 1953-1955, will be the speaker. He ws born and raised in Alliance and holds a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He served the Marysville Church from 1964 until 1998 when he retired and he continues to serve at the Ostrander Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Joy are well known for their participation in community activities. Two of their children, Jeffrey Sr. and Jill (Bob) Sements live in Marysville and a third child, the Rev. Dr. Jay, is in Akron.
The Memorial Day Committee is pleased to again have two outstanding local high school students participate in the ceremonies. Jessica Jensen will present Gen. John Logan's Order issued in 1868, the first written order establishing Decoration Day, the forerunner of Memorial Day. Jessica is the daughter of Thomas and Lisa Jensen and is a senior at Marysville High School.
She is in the National Honor Society, president of the Student Council, four-year member of Marysville's outstanding marching band, math club and her church youth group. She plans to attend Ohio University and major in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. Amanda Lotycz, Voice of Democracy winner at Fairbanks High School, will present Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. She is the daughter of Mark and Donna Lotycz of Marysville and is a freshman at Fairbanks.
She is involved in basketball, softball, FFA, FCCLA (Family Career and community Leaders of America), and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). She attends her church youth group and assists in teaching Sunday School. She went to the state level in public speaking for both FCCLA and FFA.
In addition to both bands playing during the ceremonies, Rita McKitrick, a senior in Marysville High School, will sing "America the Beautiful." The Marysville High School Symphonic Choir under the direction of Sandy Jones will accompany her.
Following the ceremonies at Oakdale, there will be short services at the Catholic and Amrine Cemeteries conducted by the VFW and American Legion.
Marysville Memorial Day Ceremonies are sponsored by the Memorial Day Committee composed of representatives of American Legion Post 79, American Veterans Post 28, Blue Star Mothers Chapter 41, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 55, Hanna Dustin Emerson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3320 and the Veterans Service Office.
NORTH LEWISBURG AND WOODSTOCK
American Legion Post 258 in North Lewisburg will hold a parade in Woodstock at 8:30 a.m. Memorial Day. Units will form on Burnwell Street beside the Woodstock Community Church and proceed down West Bennett Street to the cemetery for a 9:30 a.m. service.
At 10 a.m., the North Lewisburg parade will form on West Townsend Street in front of Carter's Garage and proceed east on Route 245 through the business district to South Gregory Street, then to Maple Grove Cemetery for an 11 a.m. service.
The Triad High School band will play and retired U.S. Army Col. David Fleming will be the speaker. Local veterans who have died ruing the last year, victims of September 11 and military members who gave their lives during anti-terrorism activities will be honored.
Parade units will form up at 1 p.m. behind Buckeye Valley Elementary School and the march will begin to the main square at 2 p.m., rain or shine.
An Ohio Air National Guard Missing Man Tribute fly over will be held and the master of ceremonies will be Delaware County Commissioner James D. Ward. Honorary grand marshals will be Jim Donovan of WBNS-TV, Tram Jai of WSYX-TV and U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi.
Other participants will be the Revs. John Groat and Scott Campbell, Mollie Garrett, the Delaware Hayes High School R.O.T.C. and Sandi Jolliff.
A march to the cemetery to honor the graves of veterans will take place at 3 p.m.
JDC working through tough times
By RYAN HORNS
The local Juvenile Detention Center is having a hard time trying to figure out just where its future lies now that statewide budget cuts and a rise in vacancies have set in.
Initial worries emerged after Logan County, which supplies the second largest number of inmates to the JDC, announced it was withdrawing from the Five County Joint Juvenile Detention Center once construction is finished on its own juvenile center in September.
Along with Union and Logan, Delaware, Champaign and Madison counties send juveniles to the Route 4 facility.
Between December 2000 and November 2001, Logan contributed 24 percent of the JDC's annual inmates and provided $399,943.40 in revenue for the center.
Logan County announced the move more than a year ago, Union County Commissioner Tom McCarthy said, leaving officials to fill the void. However, another problem had already arisen.
Issues with money at state juvenile detention facilities began after the war on terrorism slowed the economy. State budget cuts have crippled some facilities.
McCarthy said Ohio juvenile detention facilities were flush with cash for a few years and the state aggressively pursued the construction of more. However, when the recession hit as a result of the war in Afghanistan, money dried up, leaving too many detention centers to be funded.
"Essentially it just made everyone's job a little more difficult," McCarthy said.
Across the board there were budget cuts and higher vacancies that followed as money went toward such areas as schools and away from the JDCs. Gov. Bob Taft cut funding, meaning the $155,000 per year subsidy the Department of Juvenile Services was giving the local facility also dried up.
By fiscal year 2001, there were 38 juvenile detention facilities in Ohio with 11 more new construction or expansion projects in the works, but many beds remain unfilled.
As a result some have dropped their per day bed prices to compensate. Joint Juvenile Detention Center Superintendent Vicki Jordon said the reason for the price drop is because centers would rather make some money by luring county prisoners rather than none at all. "Because of budget cuts it is very competitive," Jordon said, "I'll do my best to market what we have to outside counties." Currently, Jordon's facility has a $100-a-day price, while many other facilities have been able to drop to $80 a day.
With attendance down at the JDC, changes have to be made. One important issue was to get all five county juvenile probate judges on the same page.
On April 18, McCarthy and Jordon gathered the judges involved to begin hashing out ideas. Judges from Champaign, Marion, Delaware and Union counties attended to discuss what could be done to keep attendance stable.
"We're not in the business of filling up beds . our usage fluctuates," Union County Juvenile Probate Court Judge Gary McKinley told McCarthy. "I'm not encouraging to just fill up the beds," McCarthy said. "We just need to think about what we need to do . There are a lot of balls in the air."
As a result of the meeting, the JDC has been able to free up bed space to guarantee outside counties seven to eight beds for their use. One reason outside counties could not use the Marysville location was because the JDC could not guarantee them the bed space if they needed it, instead catering more to its five joint counties. "We weren't able to do that before," McCarthy said, but now that has changed and could possibly mean a way of stabilizing occupancy levels. Now McCarthy seems optimistic that arrangements can be made to help the JDC out of its troubles.
Even with occupancy levels showing promise, the demands of competition on the local JDC are heavy with a lack of funding. McCarthy doesn't feel the current financial crunch would ever lead the facility to close its doors. "That's not going to happen," McCarthy said.
Library eyes name change
By CINDY BRAKE
Milford Center Village Council unanimously supports a plan to include the Fairbanks school district in the Marysville library system.
During Monday's regular meeting, Marysville Public Library Director Sue Banks said she was visiting Millcreek, Union and Darby townships, as well as Milford Center to take the community's temperature about an idea that would change the library's status from a school district library to a county district library.
The change would more accurately describe what the library already does, Banks said. It would not affect the libraries serving the North Union or Jonathan Alder school districts in Richwood and Plain City. Banks said that of the Marysville library's 11,000 patrons, 1,000 are from the southwestern part of the county.
"We serve the public. We just don't get credit for it," Banks said about the current library status.
Besides changing the library's name to the Union County District Library, the proposal in the short term would allow the library to provide services to the Fairbanks school system, such as serving teachers, helping with OhioReads grants and hosting regular visits to the library. In the long term, Banks said, there could be a branch or dual-use library.
Banks said the change comes with no cost to residents, however, voters would have to approve any change in the library's status. In an informal vote, council's four members, mayor, clerk and zoning inspector said they thought the plan would be a good thing for the school district. A letter of support is being prepared and will be mailed to the library board.
In other business, council:
. Passed a resolution to pay Pipeline Leak Detection of Westerville $1,995 to survey all the village's main and service lines for leaks. Consulting engineer Gary Silcott said he believes the village has 30 percent leakage. The industry standard is 10 percent loss.
. Listed a dike as their number one priority for an Issue II application due in July. Other concerns include improving State Street and storm sewer repairs.
. Learned the village will be the site of a HAZMAT exercise on June 5 at 6 p.m. The mock disaster will focus on an anhydrous leak.
. Agreed to rent a street sweeper for $35 an hour.
. Set Sunday at 1 p.m. as a workday to plant flowers. All are welcome to assist in the project.
. Discussed the need to flush village hydrants on a monthly basis.
. Heard about efforts to restore the county's first Civil War monument in the Union Township Cemetery.
. Went into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss pending litigation and real estate matters. Upon returning to open session, council authorized its solicitor Charlotte Eufinger to pursue a bad check for approximately $450 from Darby Creek Ag.
Present for the meeting were Mayor Cheryl DeMatteo, clerk Tammy Hardy, council members Bob Mitchell, Roger Geer, Jeff Parren and Chris Burger, utility clerk Kathy McCoy and zoning inspector Leroy Holt. Absent was council member Josh Combs.
Winds cause damage in county
Union County saw plenty of rain over the weekend, but it was a specific blast of wind that caused the most damage.
According to Randy Riffle, Director of Union County Emergency Management Agency, Peoria saw damage not seen in other parts of the county. Riffle described the wind damage as indicative of a "microburst," which is an intense gust of wind that comes straight down from the base of a thunderstorm and carries wind speeds between 75-120 mph. "It seemed to be an isolated incident in that one area," Riffle said. "They come from severe thunderstorms and you can't predict them. They head straight down and then blow outwards."
Peoria took the brunt of the winds that came through, he said, due to the microburst. Damage from the weekend storms mainly occurred between 11-11:20 a.m. on Sunday.
Several tree limbs and a shed in the area were damaged. A church whose chimney was blown off were also taken. (You need the name ot the church)
Weather charts estimate that winds capable of breaking off chimneys are between 55-72 mph, while winds strong enough to move trailers and peel roof tiles can reach between 73-112 mph.
Riffle stated the wind path from the isolated storm was in a straight line so there wasn't extensive damage as caused by twisting winds which bring more debris.
Regarding rain fall in the county, Riffle reported Allen Center saw the most with 1.34 inches. Pharisburg saw 1.22 inches of rain, New California with 1.14 inches, Ostrander .87 of an inch and Valhalla with .67 of an inch.
Breidenbach knows where he's going
By CORINNE BIX
Justin Breidenbach, a senior at Fairbanks High School, has a well thought out plan for life after high school.
"I plan on going to Bowling Green State University," Breidenbach said. He explained his desire to major in business finance has been sparked by his work at Indian Springs Golf Course in Mechanicsburg.
He began working for the golf course three years ago and started with the job of packing golf carts. Breidenbach now serves as assistant manager of the pro shop.
"I order equipment and try to meet both customer needs and increase sales," Breidenbach explained.
Breidenbach approaches school with the same tenacity that he displays at work. He is student council president and individual class president for the senior class. He explained as class president he has been responsible for putting together graduation along with class fund-raisers.
"Homecoming was a big thing the senior class did this year," Breidenbach said. The goal was to make this year's homecoming bigger and better. Together Breidenbach and the homecoming committee worked to bring in outside food and beverages along with hiring a professional disc jockey. He negotiated prices with various businesses to bring the best quality refreshments and entertainment for the best price.
In addition to student council, Breidenbach has been involved with Mock Trial since his freshman year. "Mock Trial has given me a good foundation about law," Breidenbach said.
This year he was an attorney for the defense and speaks highly of the two faculty advisors for Mock Trial. "Mr. Nevin Taylor and Mrs. Karen Saffle have been wonderful mentors," Breidenbach said. Saffle, who also serves as the student council advisor, said she has enjoyed working with Breidenbach. "He is an outstanding leader and very deserving of his position as student council president. I can't say enough good things about him," Saffle said.
He was recently chosen to shadow Ohio State Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton during her visit to the local high school. Breidenbach was very excited about the chance to meet the judge. "I had many of the qualities of someone who had similar interests with Judge Stratton," he explained.
With an interest in pursuing a masters in political science, Breidenbach wanted to learn how Stratton got to where she is today and what choices led her to her current position.
On June 2, the 2002 class of Fairbanks High School will graduate. Justin Breidenbach will be giving a speech to his fellow classmates as their student council and class president. He is still preparing the speech but said he will talk about memories and friendships over the past four years.
Breidenbach and his twin sister Julia will celebrate graduation with classmates, friends and family at a party the week before graduation. Since the two will be attending college apart, Breidenbach said it will be hard not seeing his twin everyday. "It's going to be different to be apart, yet good for us to keep in contact and learn from one another for the future," Breidenbach said.
Health Dept. tracking leukemia cases
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Health Dept. has reported that it has been tracking cases of leukemia among people less than 25 years old in Marysville since 1997.
Assisting in this tracking and case review process are the Ohio Dept. of Health and Columbus Childrenıs Hospital. According to the report, additional cases diagnosed in the city in the years 2000 through 2002 are being added to the ongoing process.
County Health Commissioner Anne Davy explained, ³Efforts at the local level are focused on providing confidential interviews with affected families as part of the case review.² She added, ³The assessment is being conducted with the utmost respect for families affected by this disease and in such a way as to maintain their confidentiality.²
According to information from the health department, leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues and organs, mainly the bone marrow and lymphatic tissues. It causes uncontrolled growth of abnormal white blood cells which prevents the production of normal blood cells and platelets. It makes the body unable to protect itself against infections and increases the risk of anemia and bleeding.
Symptoms include fever, chills and other flu-like symptoms; weakness, fatigue and night sweats; frequent infections, loss of appetite and/or weight, and swollen or tender lymph nodes, liver or spleen; easy bleeding or bruising including swollen or bleeding gums; tiny red spots (called petechiae) under the skin and bone or joint pain.
³We are committed to bringing in additional resources such as epidemiologists, researchers and professors to assist in the analysis,² said Davy. ³It is still not clear whether the number of cases we have seen would be expected given the rapid growth of Marysvilleıs population.² The health commissioner said that at this point there is no recognizable
pattern among cases. ³Our investigation is ongoing and we intend to keep the public informed on a regular basis,² she said.
According to the report, while causes of most leukemias are unknown, some of the risk factors being considered in the review include: genetic conditions (such as Downıs Syndrome and Fanconiıs Syndrome), exposure to the Human T Cell Leukemia Virus, exposure to certain chemicals such as benzene, a known component of tobacco smoke and gasoline but also found in other sources and large amounts of high-energy radiation. Those who wish more information or who have questions or comments can call 1-888-333-9461, ext. 14 or 1-937-642-0801, ext. 14.
Car dealer tells council he is fed
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville City Council was told by a local business owner that its reported lime spills at the city water plant must stop.
Harold Green, co-owner of North Main Motors with his wife Bonnie, was there to speak to council after water plant workers spilled a large amount of lime which blew around his lot, damaging paint on many of his vehicles. The alleged incident occurred April 30 and then again to a lesser degree on May 1, Green said.
He said the same type of spill occurred three to four years ago and the city paid $1,200 to help with damage repair at his business.
Green said at that time, the water pipe that lime was being pumped into for cleaning purposes had a hole in it. This allowed ³massive amounts of lime into the air and onto the car lot.²
³Try to put yourself in my shoes. Try to earn a living and try to breathe this ... on a daily basis,² he said. ³Itıs gonna stop.² Green stated that the same pipe with the same hole in it is still there, causing damage to his vehicles. Even worse, he said, was that the workers are operating knowing there is a hole in it.
³I see the truck workers wearing masks and protective suits,² Green said, ³but we donıt have the benefit of that.² ³Weıve had lots of experience with this over the past 15 years,² he said, ³Weıve put up with this S had to inhale it.² He added that the chemical collects on the cars and blows inside the interiors and air conditioning systems.
The April 30 spill ended up damaging many of the cars on his lot and he received a $19,000 estimate from the body shop.
Green stated that when 18 of his vehicles were keyed earlier year, he installed sensitive night cameras to pick up intruders. ³It picks up everything,² Green said, ³It picked up the spill on the 30th too S itıs very clear.²
Videos, he said, show a truck worker watching as lime spilled out of the trucks at 12:48 a.m. on May 1 while it was unloading. He said the worker is shown standing there and looking at the mess and then giving up and sat on a crate. ³He just let her blow,² Green said. Mrs. Green also explained to council why the city has not heard about every small spill since the first initial one.
³My husband is a very patient man,² she said. ³I have seen them clean up week after week, month after month and they usually just go on.² Green continued by saying he has talked to the water company only to get blown off, has filed a police report and went to see city administrator Bob Shaumleffel who never called him back after he said he would.
In the cityıs defense, Shaumleffel said, he had not heard of the problem before last week when Green came in with a $6,500 bill. Schaumleffel also said he thought the pipe damage had been taken care of with clamps. ³The first thing I did was contact our insurance company S I did not make the return phone call (to him) but I had asked Chris Moder to get in touch with him,² he said. ³I was given a bill there was no way I was going to sign off on, when we have a process to determine its legitimacy.² Shaumleffel said.
However, he added, ³The issue will be resolved S it may make him happy or it may make him not happy.²
Council President John Gore warned Green that if he was looking for an instant solution he may not be happy. Green said, ³Iım looking for some kind of action S a response.²
Gore then asked the administration, ³What can we do to speed things up for Mr. Green?²
Shaumleffel said he would contact the cityıs insurance company today, as the cityıs claim was submitted last week. The issue will be taken up again in two weeks at the next council meeting when the city will update Green on their side. ³If one more spill happens one more time,² Green said about the two week wait, ³I will contact the PUCO, ODOT, and the EPA. Iım done.²
In other council discussions, the city finally passed its pay policies and benefits and procedures manual. The issue of compensatory time for city workers was discussed at length. Council members Dan Fogt and Nevin Taylor disagreed with the ordinance language. ³I think weıre being a little drastic to drop (comp time) all at once,² Taylor said.
Council then decided to amend the ordinance by adding language stating all comp time accrued up to no more than 40 hours must be used within 90 days, or the city will buy out the remaining hours at an hourly rate. Gore stated he hoped this would help management control this issue better in the future.
A past hot topic for council has also been resolved.
Several months back Dayton Power and Light started installing new transmission electric lines above ground on poles instead of underground along Collins Road and Beach Street. The area residents were not happy about poles going up in their yards. It was also discovered that DP&L had started the project without a permit and were then informed by City Engineer Phil Roush that the lines had to go underground. Roush reported to council that the situation has finally been rectified and the area will go back to how it was before the problem started. In other topics discussed:
? Mike Nitz was re-appointed to the Fire Code Board of Appeals.
? Smokerıs Paradise, located near the Kroger grocery store has asked for a C1 and C2 liquor permit to serve beer and wine until 1 a.m.
? City Law Director Tim Aslaner reported the Rollin Kiser suit against the city for wrongful termination has set a trial date for Oct. 21. To date Mayor Steve Lowe, Jim Wimmers Sr., Bob Shaumleffel and Rollin Kiser have given dispositions.
? City Planning Director Kathy Leidich will hold a formal presentation of an ordinance creating the Estate Residential District (ER) and the Suburban Residential District (SR) at the next council meeting. The districts are expected to provide for greater housing variety. The cityıs new Human Resources Director Brian Dostanko made his first visit to a meeting and was welcomed and introduced by Mayor Steve Lowe. ³I think heıs going to do a lot of good things for the city,² he said. In addition, newest council member John Marshall took his place among council for the first time.
9-1-1 issue passes
From J-T staff reports:
Union County voters decided that keeping the funding going on the 9-1-1 emergency levy was a good idea Tuesday night.
The issue passed by a closer margin than some would have expected, 3,426 to 2,823. The outcome assures the service will continue five more years as it has since 1989, operating on a .5 mill levy. Initially, there was a slight concern over the new language added to the levy. Attorney General Betty Montgomery's request to change its focus
statewide. The issue in labeled an emergency call levy rather than a communications one, possibly leading some residents to think the millage was something new dipping into their pockets.
"I'm very, very pleased that it passed," Union County Sheriff John Overly said, "Actually I'm pleased . almost every levy passed in the county."
He said discussions with the county commissioners expressed concerns that the number of different important levies county wide might hurt the 9-1-1 levy. "But it appears the voters were kind this election and I'm very thankful of that," Overly said.
On the city level, Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer also expressed his feelings on the levy outcome. "I'm glad it passed," Mayer said. "It makes our job a lot easier." He also added at one time or another most people have to use the emergency 9-1-1 number and that its funding allows for dispatchers to identify locations quicker and more efficiently in the area.
Overly said updates are on the table for the two Public Safety Answering Points at the sheriff's department and the Marysville police station. The $475,692 expect to be collected from the levy will go towards equipment and maintenance.
Cell phones will also be looked at by the county as emergency calls made from them do not automatically display the direct location of the caller, as land-line calls do.
Jon alder building levy approved by slim margin
By CINDY BRAKE
Jonathan Alder Superintendent Doug Carpenter said he is very pleased that his district will be getting new schools. The construction issue was approved Tuesday night by a vote of 1,176 to 1,002.
He said officials will get opinions from school district residents and get the design process going to see how the buildings will look. "We have a lot of work to do," he said.
The 8.9-mill levy will generate $25 million over 28 years. With the passage of the levy, the district becomes eligible to participate in the Expedited Local Partnership Program which will provide an additional $27.2 million.
Plans include building a new elementary school on the property at Monroe Elementary to be opened in the fall of 2004 and razing the old building. A new high school will be built on school-owned property one-quarter mile north of the existing school. It will open in 2005 and the present high school will be renovated and used as a junior high school. The older section of Canaan Middle School will be torn down and a new wing will be added to a recent addition and a new Plain City Elementary School will be built when state funds become available in 2008. Issues
County voters showed their support for levies during Tuesday's primary. A 3-mill additional levy was approved by Darby Township voters. The levy excluded residents in Pleasant Valley Fire District. It passed with 50 votes for and 45 against. The levy will generate $34,500 and be used for fire protection.
Millcreek Township voters passed a 4.8-mill replacement levy for fire protection with a vote of 114 for and 51 against. The levy will generate $162,000.
Union Township voters, including Milford Center, approved a 1-mill replacement levy for current operating expenses. The levy is for five years and will generate an estimated $28,500.
In Richwood, a .5-mill additional permanent improvement levy passed with 361 votes for and 228 votes against. The levy will generate an estimated $56,700.
The no votes won in a Jerome Township referendum which means the township will continue to operate under their old zoning codes that have been in place for more than 30 years. The vote was 447 no votes and 345 yes votes.
By precinct the vote breaks down as follows:
Kermit Morse, who worked on the recommended changes, said Tuesday night that the zoning board had tried to clean the zoning book up and make it more user friendly. In light of the defeat, he said there is not a whole lot of sentiment to put more hours into changes. He said the board worked nine months on the recommended changes, only to be "shot down." "We'll go back and talk about it as a board," he said.
New schools for North Union
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Fifteen years ago Debbie Setser said goodbye to the fifth graders of Claibourne Elementary School in North Union and began teaching first graders.
Her decision, however, had nothing to do with the students. After nine years, she was fed up with the tiny classrooms in the old section of the school, built in the early 1900s, and wanted to move into the newer section of the building where rooms were larger. "The kids were bigger than the room," Setser said. After Monday's election, Setser probably won't have to worry about packing up her things again.
A 1,305-932 passage of a construction issue will mean that Setser and the other elementary school teachers in the district will be in a brand new building in a few years.
Voters passed a 7-mill construction levy and a .5-mill maintenance levy that will ensure that the district gets a new elementary school, a new middle school and a large addition and renovation project at the high school. With the local match of $13 million set aside to build the elementary school, the state will kick in another $21 million to finish the building project.
The new elementary school will come first and could be in place for the 2004-2005 school year. The state money will enter into the picture sometime from 2006 to 2008 and the entire project could be finished by the 2010-2011 school year.
Setser said it will be nice to finally have room to spread out. "After 24 years, I need lots of room for lots of stuff," she said. The veteran teacher said the technology upgrades in the new building will give the students the educational opportunities they deserve. She said she currently has five computers in her room that can not all be operated at the same time due to poor wiring.
She said the new one-story school will also eliminate the need for students to climb stairs and include more bathrooms. Such things as climate control and a better appearance will make the school a more appealing place to work and learn, she said.
North Union superintendent Carol Young, who usually keeps her emotions in check, could not control her joy as the final vote was posted at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The issue had stretched out to a good lead after the third round of votes was tallied but there was still a slight measure of uncertainty.
When the final figures rolled across the screen, Young jumped to her feet, arms outstretched, and screamed. She received congratulatory hugs from the dozens of supporters and shed tears after finally passing a construction issue following the failure of three previous measures. She said the work of a levy committee comprised of more than 200 active citizens made the difference.
"I'm just so thrilled for the community and the kids," she said. Young said she was confident that voters in the district would recognize just how good of a the deal the state was offering North Union. But school funding is a complicated issue and she was glad voters could sort through it to recognize the value. "I just can't wait to get started," Young said.
North Union School Board President Andy Middlesworth said involvement of the community is not over. "Now the work starts," Middlesworth said. He said citizens will still be asked to help with the planning of the new buildings and will remain involved to get the buildings up and running.
Parrott defeats Holtschulte, Lee, Snider also win contested races
By CINDY BRAKE
In a fiercely fought race that came down to the final hour, Richard E. Parrott won the Republican nomination for Common Pleas Court Judge at Tuesday's primary election.
In one of the tightest candidate contests of the night, Parrott received 447 more votes than his contender Jeffrey Holtschulte. He will run unopposed in the November general election. "Every day in court we have a search for what's fair. Voters here had to search for the truth," Parrott said shortly after learning he had won the race.
In throwing their support to him, Parrott said voters "trusted me" and he was "gratified and humbled" by the support.
With no Democratic contender, Parrott will sit six more years in the county's highest court. He has served as common pleas judge since 1991. During the past few months Parrott's record in office was the main topic of the campaign.
Parrott pointed to the numerous grants he has obtained to modernize the court, while Holtschulte, on the other hand, pointed to the number of Parrott's decisions that have been appealed and the increasing court budget.
Holtschulte said he was very pleased at how close the race was. He admitted being disappointed for the numerous people who had worked hard for him. As for his future, Holtschulte said he will continue practicing law. "My life doesn't change," he said today.
As the Union County Board of Elections began releasing information on a big screen in the packed Veteran's Memorial Auditorium around 8:20 p.m. the first numbers showed Parrott leading the race by 154 votes with 400 for Holtschulte and 554 for Parrott. When the next 12 precincts arrived the spread remained the same with 1,010 for Holtschulte and 1,164 for Parrott. The release of the next round of results was greeted by a round of applause by Parrott supporters as he moved ahead by 221 votes. Parrott had 2,041 votes and Holtschulte had 1,820 votes. The room erupted when the final results showed Parrott continuing the upward trend. The final numbers were 2,464 for Holtschulte and 2,911 for Parrott.
A close look at the vote precinct by precinct reveals the candidates tied in three of the 47 precincts with Parrott taking 35 precincts and Holtschulte took 12, including three of the four Richwood precincts.
Gary Lee will be Union County's next commissioner after winning the Republican nomination by 98 votes. Lee narrowly led the race against Charles Hall as results were released throughout the night with the final tally being 2,589 votes for Lee and 2,491 votes for Hall.
Hall described the night as a "nailbiter" and "unbelievable" as he waited outside the auditorium for the final votes to be released.
The first round showed 428 for Hall and 489 for Lee. The second round was 1,021 for Hall and 1,048 for Lee. The race narrowed to a difference of 30 votes by the third round with 1,809 for Hall and 1,839 for Lee.
The candidates tied in one precinct and nearly split the remaining 46. Lee said he is looking forward to serving the people of Union County and moving the county forward. He also congratulated Hall for running a tremendous race.
The vacant seat on the board of commissioners was created when Don Fraser announced his plans to retire.
Lee will not be challenged in the November election because there is no Democratic candidate.
Incumbent Mary Snider received the Republican nomination for Union County Auditor.
She had been challenged by Lisa Carroll, an employee in the auditor's office. In the final tally, Snider received 3,534 votes and Carroll received 1,631 votes.
"It was a long, long primary season," said a clearly relieved Snider Tuesday night in the auditorium. During her campaign, Carroll said she had met a lot of good people and
still believes that "we truly need a change in the auditor's office." Snider will not be challenged in the November general election because there is no Democratic candidate.
The Republican and Democratic candidates for Union County Probate/Juvenile Judge were not contested in the primary race. Judge Gary McKinley has announced his plans to retire at the end of this term.
Republican candidate Dennis Schulze received 4,027 votes, while Democratic candidate Charlotte Eufinger received 1,069 votes. The two candidates will face off in the November general election for the seat.
filled with controversy
By CINDY BRAKE
During a night filled with bickering, the Jerome Township trustees were able to agree on one long-discussed concern - how to improve Ketch Road.
It was a rare moment during Monday's marathon meeting when trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe, Freeman May and Ron Rhodes unanimously agreed to pay $2,000 to consulting engineer Mark E. Cameron to prepare an application for round 17 of the Issue II grant that would remove and replace 1,000 feet of pavement and improve 750 feet of ditch.
Other topics throughout the meeting, however, were steeped in discord and tension, including the last item of business to rescind a recent action by the current zoning inspector.
After a 35-minute executive session to discuss pending litigation, Wolfe was ready to adjourn the meeting, when a clearly frustrated Rhodes made the following motion: "Although we believe the decision of the prior zoning inspector granting the permit was incorrect, we make the motion to request the current zoning inspector to rescind his revocation of the zoning permit to Dublin Building Systems." Wolfe and Rhodes voted in favor, while May voted against the motion.
Prior zoning inspector Kenneth Brandel had issued a permit to Dublin Building Systems for a wholesale auto body shop on Industrial Parkway. The business requires B14 zoning and the site is M1. During his trustee report, May questioned why a pile of trash is on township property.
"We've got a mess back there," he said. Calling it an "illegal dump," May said the area is 30 feet from the ball diamonds and littered with deer bones, a furnace blower, pipe and hot water tank, as well as brush and wood chips.
Rhodes explained that in the past road maintenance supervisor Denzil Collier stored miscellaneous items found along roadside ditches in an old building and cleaned it out once a year. The building, however, is no longer available. He recommended hauling the items away. After the discussion was completed and the trustees were ready to move
on, Wolfe stopped the discussion to allow a resident to offer a "montage" of more than 30 photos showing the site. The photos were then taped onto a chalk board.
"This is looking like a witch hunt," Rhodes said. Earlier in the evening, the meeting literally fell apart when May announced that six people are buried in wrong lots. The concerned family members then approached the trustee table with paperwork to talk with May, while the approximately 50 people present began milling around and talking.
Wolfe eventually called the meeting to order and Rhodes recommended fixing a drainage problem on Weldon Road by the fire hydrant. He also encouraged voters to support the board of zoning in today's referendum. Cutting him short, May and Rhodes questioned if Rhodes was speaking as a trustee or resident. He said he was speaking as both.
Even the question of whether to purchase a rotatiller was handled with animosity and was not resolved.
In the past, Collier used his own tiller, however, May had told him to remove all his equipment from the township property. Collier uses a tiller for the cemetery. He said the amount of use depends on the number of burials. Considering the amount of use, Collier suggested renting a tiller when needed, rather than purchasing a tiller for $600. Obviously tired of the discussion, Wolfe said, "It's getting boring." No decision was made.
Prior to the meeting, a public hearing was held to consider the rezoning of 4.364 acres from rural to heavy retail at the corner of U.S. 42 and Industrial Parkway. The trustees approved the rezoning unanimously. Calling it a neighborhood center, developer and township resident Allen Shepherd offered to attach written deed restrictions to eliminate
wholesale and lumber businesses from the site. He also will build a privacy fence between the site and an adjoining property and weclomed a recommendation to survey residents for tenants the would like to have in the community.
The proposed rezoning had received positive recommendations from the Logan Union Champaign Planning Commission, the township zoning board, the Jerome Township Planning and Zoning Task Force and the Industrial Parkway Association Chamber of Commerce, as well as an adjoining property owner. It is in agreement with the Union County Comprehensive Plan.
May questioned if the restrictions could include prohibiting the sale of alcohol from the site because a church is across the street. Rhodes said the church is in favor of the project and that state law prohibits the sale of alcohol within 500 feet of a church, which this property is. Assistant prosecuting attorney John Heinkel said the deed restrictions are permanent and should the property be sold would remain in force. While not enforceable by the township, the restrictions can be enforced by residents.
In another action concerning Shepherd, Rhodes balked at accepting a gift from the developer at the same meeting a rezoning was approved. Calling it a nice offer, Rhodes said he wanted to avoid any sense of impropriety. Shepherd said he was willing to wait, however, township attorney Susan Kyte rewrote the agreement to remove Shepherd's company name and insert the homeowner's association. May and Wolfe voted to accept Shepherd's offer to pay for an entrance feature at New California Drive and U.S. 42 to identify the subdivision. Rhodes voted against.
In other business:
. New township clerk Robert Caldwell was introduced and bonded.
. Trustees May and Wolfe voted in favor of Kyte writing position descriptions, policy and procedures, as well as rules of conduct for township meetings.
. Accepted the low bid of $1,471 for a hood at the community center.
. Referred to the zoning board a letter from the Union Soil and Water Conservation District which states that while they have been hired by the township to conduct new home and pond site reviews, these recommendations are not enforceable without needed zoning.
. Created an all-volunteer park committee with Charlotte Gibbons as chairman and Beth Day assisting.
. Accepted a check from the sons, daughters and friends of the New California Alumni Association for rental of the township hall by the association.
unopposed in GOP, Dem primaries
Dennis Schulze relying on 33 years of legal experience
Marysville attorney Dennis Schulze is running unopposed in the Republican primary for the office of Probate/Juvenile Judge.
Schulze is the senior partner of Schulze, Phillips & Chase and has been an attorney for more than 33 years. He has tried hundreds of cases including major felonies and complex civil litigation. He has prior judicial experience, having sat as acting judge in Municipal Court and has practiced extensively in Probate Court, handling estates, guardianships and mental illness hearings. Much of his current practice deals with estate planning.
Schulze served 30 years in the United States Army. He spent 4 1/2 years on active duty and 25 in the Reserves where he attained the rank of colonel. He commanded troops and was the Staff Judge Advocate of a major Reserve Command. During Desert Storm, the units he commanded helped activate 3,500 men and women to active duty.
As president of the Chamber of Commerce, Schulze developed the Partnership In Education Project. He is the coordinator of the high school Mock Trial competition and has been a Junior Achievement advisor. He has served Trinity Lutheran Church in many capacities including vice president, call committee chairman, building fund chairman, various committee positions and as a Sunday School teacher. He has served on the Ethics Committee for Memorial Hospital of Union County, the Public Defender Commission, the Criminal Justice Services Advisory Board and many other community boards.
His leadership positions have included president of the YMCA, the Community Concerts Association, the Chamber of Commerce, Union County Bar Association and the Columbus Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and chairman of the Mental Health Board.
Schulze and his wife, Karen, have two children and two grandchildren. Karen has been a teacher with Head Start for 18 years, working with young children and their families throughout Union County. At times, Head Start becomes a family affair as Schulze has often volunteered to work with the children.
According to Schulze, "My philosophy of justice is compassion tempered with accountability. The primary goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate. Those running the system must have compassion, understanding and patience. However, young people and their parents need to be aware of their responsibilities as citizens. They must recognize the limits set by the law and agree to abide by them. They must also understand the consequences for violating the law and be convinced that such behavior will be dealt with in a timely, firm and fair manner." For more information Schulze invites voters to visit: www.schulzeforjudge.com
Eufinger wants to develop programs
Charlotte Coleman Eufinger is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for the office of Probate/Juvenile Judge.
Her top priority is to build on the court's reputation for respect and fairness. She also wants to develop programs that promote education, protect families and prevent young offenders from becoming adult criminals.
"Young people who violate the law need to learn from their mistakes, and they learn best by our example," Eufinger said. "The court must balance the need to reach and rehabilitate the problem child with the need to help teachers maintain classroom order and effectiveness." Eufinger said she will work with school officials to find fresh
alternatives to placing problem children right back into the classrooms they were disrupting. Creating and expanding opportunities to pair adult mentors with young people is one idea she is pursuing with other community volunteers.
"Our community may be getting bigger, but children still want us and need for us to take an interest in them," Eufinger said. "One of the major concerns of the Probate Juvenile Court is family law. Professionally, Eufinger has focused on family law for nearly 30 years. She represents children in court proceedings, parents in child custody, visitation and support matters and families during adoption proceedings. Courts have also appointed Eufinger to protect the interests of people with physical disabilities and mental illness.
"Anyone who appears before a judge deserves to be treated with respect and fairness," Eufinger said. "The decisions a judge makes can change people's lives. I want everyone who enters my courtroom to understand they will have an opportunity to share their story. They also deserve to leave fully aware of why I reached my decision."
Taking an interest in the family has been more than a career focus for Eufinger. She helped launch Union County's first professional daycare center for children, Children Inc., as well as the International Family Center. The latter serves families from other countries who move to the county. Eufinger is a past board president for the day care center and for U-Co Industries, Union County's sheltered workshop. Trained as a teacher at Miami University, Eufinger has had a lifelong interest in education. She helped initiate local scholarship opportunities for high school graduates and works with Memorial Hospital of Union County to provide scholarships for nursing school students. Eufinger also serves as a school mentor and as a legal advisor for the MHS Mock Trial team.
Eufinger served eight years on the Ohio University Board of Trustees and worked closely with the president in creating policy for 20,000 students. Each year her duties included reviewing and approving budgets of more than $100 million.
Eufinger's other professional roles include presiding over disputes between teachers, school board members and administrators in central Ohio. She is the village solicitor for Milford Center, a past president of the Union County Bar Association and former special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General. Eufinger is a lifelong resident of Union County. She, her husband John and their two children are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Officials aim to open eyes with Friday demonstrations
By RYAN HORNS
"Am I even driving yet?" laughed Marysville High School Junior Beth Pierre as she drove erratically by in a police golf cart.
She then proceeded to mow down a row of orange cones. Friday the Union County Sheriff's Department held its Drunk Goggles demonstration in the high school's rear parking lot during student lunch periods.
The point of the display was to give students a taste of what it feels like to drive drunk, especially highlighting how difficult it is to remain in control of a vehicle while in that state.
According to Sgt. John Collier, the program started two years ago as part of efforts to educate students against drunk driving.
With high school prom coming up this weekend, police, fire and sheriff officials are hoping students will remember the dangers of driving drunk and the very real possibility of tragedy during such a memorable night. The Drunk Goggles program was held in conjunction with a mock traffic crash held at the high school athletic fields.
"This is the first year we have done it in conjunction with the mock crash," Collier said. The crash took place Friday morning and involved emergency departments across the county who reenacted the events of a fatal crash, complete with a MedFlight helicopter landing.
The event hasn't been staged since 1992, because students at the high school had already been through having a friend die in a similar accident in real life and school officials felt it might be inappropriate for them to see the demonstration. Those students have since graduated and the program has now returned.
Collier said there are six pairs of drunk goggles, ranging in three various stages of sobriety. They can recreate the feeling of being anywhere from a .05 blood alcohol level in daylight to the binge drinking level of .20 and at night. He said the binge goggles recreate the visual capacity of a person after consuming more than 12 beers.
Students drove through the golf cart course set up in curves of orange cones with and without the goggles and then were asked to walk along a straight white line in a sobriety test. "That is messed up," junior Chris Clark said as he stepped off his golf cart. "Your vision is all blurred." "The students say it really takes them by surprise," Collier said.
Retired J-T editor, publisher dies
Mary Elizabeth "Sis" Gaumer Behrens, 85, died Wednesday morning, May 1, 2002, at The Gables at Green Pastures after a short illness. She had been a resident there for the past five months. She was editor emeritus of the Marysville Journal-Tribune and Richwood Gazette having previously served as publisher and editor.
In her active days, she was an avid reader and loyal patron of the Marysville Public Library, and was deeply devoted to her church, community, and school. She also dearly loved her family. She was born in Marysville July 23, 1916, to the late Bruce Barton and Mary Dennis Kirby Gaumer. She was the third generation of her family to be involved in the newspaper business. Her grandfather, Dr. T. M. Gaumer, and his two brothers, Daniel and Charles, started in the field in the early 1880s. They owned weekly or semi-weekly papers in Zanesville, Middletown, Mansfield and Urbana.
Her father began his newspaper career in Urbana but came to Marysville in 1904 when he purchased the weekly Union County Journal. He later upgraded it to a semi-weekly, and in 1951 purchased the daily Marysville Tribune and merged the two into the Marysville Journal-Tribune.
Mrs. Behrens began her newspaper career in the 1950s as a reporter and columnist. For several years she wrote the column, "Marysville Meanderings," the forerunner of "Off The Hook." It contained informal stories about people and events in the community.
Prior to that, she was an art teacher in the Marysville and Union County school systems. She graduated in 1934 from Marysville High School where she played the coronet in the first uniformed marching band. She attended Denison University and graduated from the Ohio State University in 1938 in art education. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
After college, she went abroad for a short time continuing her art training with classes in France and other parts of Europe. She was a talented painter and frequently gave her paintings away.
Her teaching career began later in 1938 and continued off and on through the births of her four children into the 1950s.
In 1956, her father died leaving the newspaper to her and her brother, F. T. Gaumer. In 1961, she and her husband, Winfield, whom she married Sept. 7, 1940, in Winchester, Va., purchased the one-half share of the newspaper corporation owned by her brother, becoming sole owners of the business. Her brother predeceased her in 1988. She became publisher until 1965 relinquishing the role to her husband and assuming the title of editor which she held until her retirement.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she sang in the Senior Choir, taught Sunday School and was active in the former Kingdom Builders group. She was a founding member of Aletheia Society and the Bridgette Club. She was a life member of the Ohio State University Alumni Association. She was a member of the Hannah Emerson Dustin chapter of the DAR, Twig 6 of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Kings Daughters and Marysville Art League.
Her husband died Dec. 8, 1994. She was also predeceased by an infant brother, David Daniel Gaumer in 1919, and a son, David Gaumer Behrens Feb. 18, 1997.
She is survived by a son, Daniel E. (Melanie) Behrens of Marysville, two daughters, Julieanne C. (David) LeRoy of San Diego, Calif., and Mary K. (Timothy) Miller of Marysville; seven grandchildren, Wendy Miller, Brian Gray, Heather (Scott) Reed, Kelly (Mark) Morgenstein, Katie Sekardi, Mike (Jennifer) Behrens and Kevin Behrens; two step grandchildren, David W. and Christina LeRoy; two great grandchildren, Cole and Marguerite Mary Behrens, a sister-in-law, Betty H. Gaumer, and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Walter Danison and several neices and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday at the Underwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Renee Ahern officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday.
Contributions may be made to the Marysville Art League, Trinity Lutheran Church or the Marysville High School Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Pallbearers will be Kevin and Mike Behrens, Brian Gray, Tim Miller, David W. LeRoy and Mark Morgenstein. Honorary pallbearers will be longtime newspaper employees Don Streng, Eugene Harbold, Worthy Bright and Ronnie Price.
county commissioner seat
By CINDY BRAKE
In his first bid for an elected office, Gary Lee of Marysville is no stranger to Union County government as he seeks the Republican nomination for the Union County Board of Commissioners.
Lee served voters for more than 14 years as a member of the Union County Board of Elections and 22 years on the Paris Township Board of Zoning Appeals. He was recognized by Secretary of State Ken Blackwell in February for his integrity and dedication to the election process. "As past chairman of the Union County Board of Elections I have served every voter in this county the last 14 years. Voter registration has nearly doubled, however, the election board always presented a conservative budget and returned excess funds to the county's general fund. A rapidly growing area like ours puts a strain on government resources," he writes in a press release. He adds that voters can depend upon him.
While on the Board of Elections, eight years as chairman, he attended 98 percent or 175 of 177 monthly meetings. With the county budget getting tighter, Lee adds that he is not afraid to make hard decisions and promises to keep the county financially sound.
"As a farmer and a business person, I know how to implement sound financial practices through budgeting and debt repayment," he said. Managing large budgets is nothing new to Lee. In addition to his large farming operation, he has served as president of his church board which operates a parochial school and handles a $1 million annual budget. He also served as national secretary of the Soybean Association budget for research and development which totaled $5 million. Lee said he believes in controlled growth and cooperation. "All government entities need to agree to work on a win/win policy," he said. "They have to have give and take."
Lee is a retired board member of the Union County Community Foundation and its forerunner, the Morey Foundation Board. He is committed to hard work for all areas of Union County and promises that he will do his best to make rational and intelligent decisions.
Charles A. Hall of Marysville wants to represent every resident of Union County and give balance to the three-member board of county commissioners.
As a lifelong resident of northern Union County, Hall believes he can offer a different and fresh perspective. "I always thought Union County was a very unique and comfortable place to live. I would like to see that continue. Managed growth is really important," he said.
While believing each government entity should be independent, Hall sees the commissioner seat as an opportunity to work with and help villages and townships throughout the county.
"I want to see that the county commissioners work closely with the township trustees, also the villages, towns and cities of Union County on this growth," he said.
He believes the county commissioners need to keep an eye on general fund spending, as well as water and sewer issues. "I feel that a careful eye on spending is required and a thoughtful handling of the old Kmart building and the old county home building. I feel that all the people of the county need to be represented by their county commissioners."
This is Hall's first run for elected office.
While he had considered running for an elected office several years ago, Hall said he was not able to because of his job with Woods Equipment Co. which required travel. In that position he managed gross sales of more than $10 million. He also was co-owner of Hall Implement in Marysville. He now is national sales manager with R.L. Parson and Son of West Jefferson and does not travel as he did in the past.
A 1960 graduate of Magnetic Springs High School, he has taken several business courses and lives on a 50-acre farm that has been in his family for 125 years.
Hall served 10 years on the Leesburg Zoning Appeals Board, 22 years as a Leesburg Township volunteer fireman, 10 years as a board member of the Pharisburg United Methodist Church of which he is now chairman and is a charter member of the Northwestern Lions Club, in addition to memberships in many fraternal organizations and the Medallion Club of Memorial Hospital of Union County.
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