Position sought: Cranberry Township supervisor
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: Cell -- 724-719-1625
Address: 142 Crossing Ridge Trail, Cranberry Township, PA
Family: Wife, Deb; one son, Rob; three daughters, Kate, Meg and Lindsey
Education: Business administration degree from Penn State University
Occupation: Business development for civil and environmental division of CDI-Infrastructure dba L. Robert Kimball
Related experience: 11 ½ years as supervisor, 29 years of experience selling construction-related services to the commercial and industrial markets
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I would like to continue to implement the goals laid forth in our comprehensive plan for continued smart growth.
Over the past 20 years, Cranberry Township has been blessed with strong leadership and good planning, two things that have enabled the township to provide the quality-of-life amenities that business and families desire while keeping taxes low. I want to continue to see Cranberry Township be the leader in economic growth, creating new opportunities for quality jobs, seeing that our homes continue to increase in value and that our citizens have great roads, library and parks for their families.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected? Managing traffic and economic growth. In these difficult economic times, this is a good problem to have.
However, with the state’s current budget calling for less money for infrastructure and Route 228, Route 19, Freedom Road and Rochester Road all being the state’s responsibility, Cranberry will need to work closely with PennDOT and developers in a public/private partnership to insure improvements are made to handle new traffic.
Fortunately, Cranberry Township's professional staff and the current supervisors have more than 20 years of experience of doing just that, working with local developers and the state to construct the four lane improvements on Route 228, improving the Haine School Road and Freedom Road intersection and planned improvements at Route 19 and Rowan Road.
What sets you apart from the other candidates? Obviously, my previous experience and accomplishments over the past 11 ½ years as a supervisor. I am most proud of our 25-year comprehensive plan. This plan sets Cranberry Township apart from every other in the state. It states that as a township, we engaged our citizens, listened to their input, and developed a vision of what they want Cranberry Township to be in 25 years.
I also think my common-sense approach to handling the challenges and issues that local government faces is important. I strongly feel as a supervisor, I represent more than 28,000 people, and I need to make decisions that best benefit them, not an individual or a small group of people with special interests. Politics should not ever (and never has been for me) be part of a decision at this level of government.
What's your favorite thing about the community? The spirit of volunteerism that I see so often in our community truly amazes me.
Whether it’s for a fundraising event for cancer, or the Cranberry CUP softball event, seeing folks helping out at the Miracle Field and Bruce Mazzoni’s leadership with CTCC Community Day, our citizens and business never hesitate to volunteer their time and money for these and other worthy events.
And as a township, we support and encourage these events at our great parks and township building, lending support from our Parks and Recreation department and volunteers from staff. Just another part of the “quality of life” that makes Cranberry special.
What is the biggest problem facing the community? Unfunded state mandates. With the state’s financial budget difficulties there is an even greater effort by state agencies to pass responsibilities down to local government. Recently, we are seeing this in the form of PennDOT requiring the maintenance of storm water structures of state roads by townships and developers.
In the past we have been requested to take complete ownership of state roads, a reduction of liquid fuel taxes that we use to fix our roads and the requirement to use union wages for outside contractors for township road work. All of these added expenses being passed down to local government are a result of poor leadership at the state level.
Cranberry Township has stood up to the state in some instances, such as refusing to accept one of [its] roads, and we have planned and budgeted for some of the [cuts] in liquid fuel tax dollars, but we need to be diligent and pro-active in working with state officials to curb this “passing the buck” down to us.