Greene Township incumbent faces primary challenge

May 11, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - There are 15 townships in Franklin County, but only a handful of them have competitive races for party nominations in the primary Tuesday, including challenges to incumbents in Greene and Hamilton townships.

In Greene Township, incumbent Supervisor Charles D. "Dave" Jamison Jr. of Fayetteville, Pa., is facing a challenge for the Republican nomination in the May 15 primary from Keith Weller of Chambersburg, who formerly worked part time for the township.

Greene Township is one of the county's largest and fastest growing with a population of approximately 12,300, according to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau

"I'd like to continue offering services to the residents of the township and increase those services with no additional cost to the taxpayers," said Jamison, who has been on the board 24 years. During those years, Jamison said the township has established a compost facility, the twice-yearly bulk collection, enlarged the township offices and begun construction of a township park.


Upgrading roads and maintaining services such as prompt snow removal can be accomplished in the township without real estate or per capita taxes by maintaining its "excellent financial position," Jamison said.

"I've been doing what I've been doing for 27 years and I'm ready for some changes and some challenges," said Weller, a process specialist at Jerr-Dan Corp. in Greencastle, Pa. Weller said he wants to improve on programs already in place and control costs.

"I'm not opposed to growth, as far as development goes, but rapid growth scares me," said Weller, who has worked at the township's compost facility and on its bulk collections. Development has to be managed so that the roads and utilities can keep pace with construction of homes and businesses, he said.

"I look forward to serving the residents of our township," he said.

Hamilton Township

In Hamilton Township, two-term incumbent Randy Negley is facing a challenge from Barry Sheeder for the Republican nomination.

"We're in a fast-growth area and it's going to continue to grow," said Negley, 50, now in his 12th year as supervisor. "We've got to continue to plan for the future and work with our neighboring municipalities" on issues such as transportation, water and other utilities, he said.

A moratorium imposed by the state on connections to the Bear Valley Joint Authority has slowed residential growth, but an upgrade of its facilities could lead to a spurt in development a year from now.

The state and federal government regulatory bodies need to give municipalities a "wider range in which to work," he said.

"I want to give the people the opportunity, if they so desire, to have another option when they go to the polls," said Sheeder, 42, who works at McCleary Oil Co. and at his wife's day-care business in Greencastle, Pa.

"Growth and development seems to be an issue most people are talking about," Sheeder said. "Most people I've talked with think it's moving too fast."

"It's migrating this way. It's coming. The object is to keep ahead of it," Sheeder said. Traffic and utilities will be the most pressing issues in the years ahead, he said.

Letterkenny Township

Letterkenny Township Supervisor Jack Holmes has decided not to run for re-election and two candidates - Lance G. Norton, 3, a member of the Comprehensive Planning Committee for Letterkenny, Lurgan and Metal townships, and 59-year-old Larry Horn - are vying for the GOP nomination.

The Herald-Mail Articles