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Website: Follow on twitter at @LarryLeeTrainor
Office sought: Plato Township Highway Comissioner (4-year Term)
Family: Married, three children
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Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Utilizing tax dollars in the most effective and efficient way to benefit the taxpayers.
Key Issue 2
Saving money through attrition, not by letting go of experienced employees. I am a foreman at the Plato Township Highway Department. I will remain as a working highway commissioner and not fill the vacancy created by my being elected.
Key Issue 3
Maintain current working relationships with surrounding townships.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
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In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Townships are needed to serve in their current role to keep costs lower for everyone. If the townships are consumed by larger entities, you would receive less in local services at a higher cost.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
That every tax dollar spent is used to benefit as many residents as possible.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
I agree with our Board's recent decision to freeze the Highway Commissioner's wages for 4 years. As I mentioned previously, I plan to save money by not filling the vacancy created by my being elected. Additionally, we maintain the existing the equipment currently in-service rather than purchase new equipment which quickly depreciates in value. It's a fine line to cut expenses without effecting the quality of service.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
I have been an employee of Plato Township for the past 8 years, Foreman for the last 4 years, and am familiar with the day-to-day operations of the Highway Commissioner. I have helped build and maintain our current crew that has the townships best interest at heart. I understand the diversity within our township and want to meet the needs of everyone from the rural/agricultural people to the business people and everyone in-between. I do not have the seasonal responsibilities of a farmer or the owner of a landscaping business to distract me from my responsibilities as the full-time Highway Commissioner...my only focus is serving the township to the best of my abilities, and making myself available to the residents as issues arise.