It really struck me over the weekend when someone was complaining about the Lima Township Primary and not knowing what any of the candidates stood for. He sure wasn’t going to vote for a sign!! He was informed that only Bob Spink (me) had responded to the questionnaire by the League of Women Voters.
Since there are substantial important differences in what various candidates stand for, it is my duty to try to tell you about them.
Craig Maier (current supervisor) is all in on building a new town hall and offices. If this goes forward, it will be by far the biggest financial commitment the township has ever undertaken. The cost is estimated to be at least $1.5 million dollars – a good portion of which will have to be borrowed. We will be taking on debt in these uncertain financial times with no guarantees that township revenue will not decrease.
Craig Maier also doesn’t seem to care about the two bridges in the township that have been closed for over 10 years! Instead of planning and working with the Road Commission to fix these bridges, he has mainly avoided the issue. He has also not taken any steps to maintain the more than a dozen bridges in the township that cross Mill creek.
Duane Luick (current Trustee) is running for supervisor. His priorities are the same as mine and his son Dale’s. He is against building a new town hall and offices for three solid reasons:
The existing town hall is solid and with some updating can serve the township for years to come. With the movement to absentee voting, a shrinking percent of Lima voters will be voting in person at the town hall. Monthly meetings have only been over capacity twice in over 35 years! SO, WE DON’T NEED A NEW TOWN HALL!!
Township offices are now rented from the Chelsea Area Construction Agency. The rate is very reasonable. The space is very adequate for the 12 office hours a week the office is open. WE DON’T NEED NEW OFFICES!!
We don’t want to go into debt and we don’t want to spend this kind of money. Look what happened to Sylvan Township when they decided to overextend themselves with a new water and sewer system years ago. This system today is still underutilized and the residents are paying a millage to cover expenses.
This building project isn’t even supported unanimously by the board! The township hasn’t gone to the voters with a referendum for a thumbs up or down. Perhaps the Board doesn’t want to risk asking the voters to approve this project!
So what’s our platform:
No new town hall; update the existing one
No new offices, keep renting from CACA
Fix the damn bridges!
Run professional board meetings with timely agendas, and member packets a week in advance.
1457 S. Lima Center Rd, Chelsea