Carroll Township Supervisor
Five candidates are running for two seats for Dover Township supervisor in the 2015 Primary election on Tuesday, May 19.
The York Dispatch asked them to answer three questions and provide basic bio information to help voters with their selection.
Their responses are:
Richard Harner Jr. (R)
Age/Family: 62 years old, married with two sons and six grandchildren
Education: Bachelor of science degree in business
Community organizations with which you are active: None at present
David J. Holmes (D)
Age/Family: 67/Married with grandchildren
Occupation: Retired Educator
Education: Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education and doctoral program in Educational Leadership with administrative credentials
Community organizations with which you are active: Current auditor for Carroll Township; church activities include Men's Group Leader, facilitator of Family History, and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator; previous treasurer for Phi Delta Kappa Chapter, and board member for Northern York County School District.
Brian R. Schmick (R)
Age/Family: 45, Wife, Karen, two Children, Adam (17), Zach(14)
Occupation: Technology Director, Cumberland Valley School District
Education: Mechanicsburg High School (Class of 1988), California University of PA (BS Graphic Communications, 1992)
Community organizations with which you are active: Boy Scouts Troop 203, Trinity Lutheran Church
Bruce R. Trostle (R)
Paul A. Walters (R)
Age/Family: 67/wife and two children
Occupation: retired Pa. State Police, district justice for 17 years
Community organizations with which you are active: Pinchot Park Lions; American Association of Purple Hearts; Dillsburg VFW; and Dillsburg American Legion
Questions and answers
1. How would you rate the township's performance at keeping taxes (especially property taxes) affordable for residents while providing adequate services? Why?
Harner: I would rate the township as fair to good in the overall level of services. Carroll township's tax rate I would consider to be moderate. Our roads are in fairly good shape and we have a good police force which I feel is important.
Holmes: I feel the township's performance is average. Taxes were increased 1 mil two years ago to replace the bridge on Spring Lane Road. The bridge has been closed since that time and work has recently commenced. Services have remained the same.
Schmick: OK except for the 1 mil increase to pay for the Spring Lane bridge. Beyond that, the township, as I state in question 2, needs to long-term plan so that we are in a position to handle future planned and unexpected costs.
Trostle: No response.
Walters: I think they have really put forth an effort in the past. Taxes were not raised for six years in a row. Now if we can keep the future as well.
2. Other than holding down costs, what would be your top priorities if elected supervisor (or to another term as supervisor)?
Harner: If elected as township supervisor, I would like to see improvements to area roads to help alleviate some of the growing traffic problems.
Also, I would strive to get feedback from township residents before voting on important items that could affect the well being of the community.
On the issue of costs, I would want to be able to account for every dollar that the township spends because I believe we can do a better job.
Holmes: We need to live within our means and provide a climate that is receptive to sensible business development. Business development will help provide the resources needed to keep our community a safe place to live, work, and raise families.
Schmick: Logan Road -- Will work to make sure this area is only single family homes and commercial development and no apartments.
Long-term planning to address future infrastructure, health-care, and emergency services costs.
Responsible commercial development that will enhance our community and tax base.
Trostle: No response.
Walters: We definitely need some road repairs. Some are getting very bad, especially after the winter we had. Make the township and business of the supervisors and township more transparent and visible to the people and more township meetings on a regular basis.
3. Why did you decide to run for township supervisor? Why should people support your candidacy?
Harner: Since retired, I feel I will have the time to become a good township supervisor. I have lived in the township nearly 40 years and I am aware of the issues facing Carroll Township. I felt it was time to serve the community. I am running because I would like to keep the township a good place to live and raise a family for future generations.
There will be a host of challenges facing the township from future development, increased traffic, and continued strain on local resources but I believe we can work together to keep Carroll Township a vibrant and safe place to live, work and play.
Holmes: I have the experience to serve all Carroll Township residents. I will emphasize improving quality of life, cost to live in the township, and convenience of services. My experience includes supervising personnel, creating and following budgets, working with a diverse population, generating research, and giving presentations at conferences. Being retired I can identify with residents living on fixed incomes with rising costs. Government needs to be a partner and provide its residents services without causing a burden on its citizens. New residential development requires expansion of services so any future expansion needs to be compared to future business development. People will support my candidacy because of my experience, convictions, and having the time to devote to the position. Citizens who want government to live within its means and encourage business development to provide the needed resources will vote for me.
Schmick: I do not have my own personal agenda. I will listen to the residents of the township and make common sense decisions based on factual information and the best interest of the residents. I did not grow up in Dillsburg, but instead made the choice to live here. I knew this small community was where I wanted to raise my children when my wife and I moved to Carroll Township 16 years ago. As a leader, I will work with all stakeholders to make Carroll Township a great place to live for all current and future residents.
Trostle: No response.
Walters: I am retired with a lot of time and knowledge to donate. I am not involved in any property or business within the township and do not want or need anything from anybody. Just to see that everyone gets a fair shake and taxes are not raised in the new six years.