Two candidates are seeking a seat on the Conewago Township board of supervisors in the 2013 election.
Current supervisor Daryl Hull won the Republican primary over William Gingerich, but now faces a challenge from independent Marlin Cutshall.
Hull was appointed to the seat when former board member Robert Hahn resigned.
The York Dispatch asked each candidate a series of questions. Those questions and the candidates' answers follow.
Marlin D. Cutshall Sr. (I)
Age and address: 73, of Westwood Drive
Family: Wife, Audrey, four children
Occupation: Retired, Fight Mafia Lawyer Scum
Education: Master's degree, five colleges, Millersville, etc.
Community organizations with which you are active: Flea market
Daryl E. Hull (R)
Age and address: 59, of Copenhaffer Road
Family: Wife Patsy, Three Children, Five Grandchildren
Education: High School Grad.
Community organizations with which I am active: Strinestown Community Fire Co.; Quickel's Church Cemetery Board; First Baptist Church Council and Outreach Chair; and Conewago Township Planning Commission Member.
Questions and answers:
1. If you could make one change to improve the quality of life for residents in Conewago Township, what change would you make? Explain your choice.
Cutshall: Better coverage of drug trade in our township. This drug traffic downgrades our culture.
Hull: To improve the quality of life for residents in Conewago Township I would like to improve the air quality in the municipality. We owe it to our children, neighbors, and ourselves to provide clean air to breathe. Today, without education programs and guidelines, we contribute to air contamination far beyond what we might expect. Just two homes, each using a burn barrel to eliminate their waste, will produce more air contamination then the whole York County Solid Waste Incinerator. Instead of burning waste we need to recycle as much as possible.
2. What will your other priorities be if elected as a township supervisor? Explain why those are your priorities.
Cutshall: Point out corruption.
Hull: My other priorities will include Tax Control, Ambulance Service, and Protecting the Freedoms of Our Residents.
-- Tax Control - Most residents want certain services to be provided by the township. These services most commonly are supported through taxation. However there must be a good return on each investment. As a supervisor I want to make sure our tax dollars provide the best service available.
-- Ambulance Service -- Today Conewago Township is serviced by a number of different ambulance organizations. None are located within the township. Although each provides professional service, I believe the response time to emergencies can be reduced by locating an ambulance service in the center of the township. I want to work with one of the existing ambulance organizations to locate a satellite operation in the heart of our population.
-- Protecting the Freedoms of Our Residents -- We all fear more and more mandates from various government agencies. As a supervisor I want to balance government's interests and still ensure the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.
3. Conewago Township has a tax rate of 1.32 mills, plus a 0.13 mill fire tax. How would you rate the township's job of controlling costs and its tax rate? Why?
Cutshall: B -- If costs were reported to residents with a better breakdown of line items.
Hull: Conewago Township's tax rate is 11 percent lower than the average of the surrounding townships. To me this indicates good control. I believe Conewago Township is providing good public services for the taxes its residents are paying. An example is the (.13 mill) fire tax. The fire tax only pays for a portion of the fire protection budget. The Strinestown Community Fire Co. provides the township with fire protection. However the fire department is an all-volunteer organization. The fire tax does not cover any salaries. These willing men and women contribute many hours without a salary. I believe this type of cooperation and volunteerism saves many tax dollars.
4. Conewago Township relies on the Northern Regional Police Department for police protection. How do you feel about the protection provided by the department? Is the township getting its money's worth?
Cutshall: No. The taxpayer never gets his money's worth from government.
Hull: I think Conewago Township is getting a very good return on its investment for police protection provided by The Northern Regional Department. As a volunteer fireman in the community, I get to work hand-in-hand with many of the Northern Regional police officers. They provide a very professional service in all circumstances. When you compare the police statistical reports of Conewago Township to the other municipalities they serve, we are provided fair hours and service for the tax dollars spent.
5. Why did you decide to run for township supervisor? Why should people support your candidacy for township supervisor?
Cutshall: To give the people a choice -- why vote if there is just one candidate? Mickey Mouse as a Republican would win in Conewago Township. I am an Independent and a choice.
Hull: I am currently filling a one year term caused by a resignation. I have always felt an obligation to return something back to the community. Serving as township supervisor allows me to help others. I have earned voter support because I have the experience and background to serve as a supervisor. Throughout my 38 years as a resident of Conewago Township I have served in numerous township roles. I served as the Chairmen of the Conewago Township Sewage Authority from its inception until after it was able to construct a sewage collection system and treatment plant. This six-year cycle gave me many insights to the operation of the township and the voter values. I have also served many years on the township Planning Commission. This puts me in the heart of new developments in the township. This experience has proved to me that the voice of the residents must not only be heard but be appreciated and taken into consideration in all matters. An important experience and ongoing role is being a volunteer member of the Strinestown Fire Department. This also allows me to help others but also to appreciate the needs of my neighbors.