AMHERST TOWNSHIP: Trustee candidates speak on their stances


David C. Urig


Ronald D. Yacobozzi


OUR QUESTIONS

The News-Times asked Amherst Township trustee candidates David Urig (incumbent) and Ron Yacobozzi (challenger) two questions as they seek office:

1) Why have you chosen to run for Amherst Township trustee and what issues are you passionate about?

2) What do you think should be done to grow, expand, or keep the township stable in the next four years?

David C. Urig

1) I care where the township is going, not just tomorrow, but in the years to come. I bring balance to the board. I am not afraid to question. I am a proponent of slow, controlled growth. I have run four zoning referenda, three successfully, one unsuccessfully, in an effort to maintain the R-AG zone one-acre lot density and to set parameters on development. I have successfully obtained Issue I/II funds for roads and solid waste funds for recycling. After given up for lost, I was able to obtain $95,000 in Turnpike Mitigation Funds for road resurfacing.

2) Roads, zoning, and combatting crime are key to the next four years. The township, like the rest of the county, is a victim of the drug epidemic and ensuing crime. I will continue to work with residents, sheriff’s office, and available funds to combat the crime. The road budget is very stretched. Projects are being delayed. Grants only cover so much and sometimes it is even difficult to find the required matching funds for the grants. It has become necessary to ask voters for a road levy. Zoning needs to keep improving to maintain the quality of life.

Ronald D. Yacobozzi

1) As a resident of Amherst Township for the past 53 years and a member of the Amherst board of education for the past 36 years, I feel I can provide additional leadership and skills necessary to ensure that Amherst Township remains a great place to live and a safe place to raise a family. I’m passionate about our safety, the quality of our roads, not wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars, listening to what our residents say as we work together to improve the over-all quality of life.

2) It is very likely Amherst Township will be one of the areas where growth will occur over the next 10 years. In order to maintain a healthy and stable community, we must have a realistic five-year business plan to effectively manage growth. Additionally, our tax base must be expanded by attracting quality businesses and other commercial development to help lighten the tax burden of our residents. In order to maintain the current and future stability of the township, we must be able to balance the eventual commercial growth with the necessity to maintain the residential aspects of our community.

David C. Urig
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/10/web1_urig.jpgDavid C. Urig

Ronald D. Yacobozzi
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/10/web1_yacobozzi.jpgRonald D. Yacobozzi

OUR QUESTIONS

The News-Times asked Amherst Township trustee candidates David Urig (incumbent) and Ron Yacobozzi (challenger) two questions as they seek office:

1) Why have you chosen to run for Amherst Township trustee and what issues are you passionate about?

2) What do you think should be done to grow, expand, or keep the township stable in the next four years?

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