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Six Republicans, one Dem seek open Antrim Township seat

May 11, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The proposal for a new government complex in Antrim Township, Pa., is weighing on the minds of supervisor candidates there.

Each candidate has identified the complex, which could cost $6 million, as a key issue before the township. Some simply expressed concerns about the price tag, while others feel the U.S. 11 site isn't the best choice.

The field of six Republicans and one Democrat is headed to the primary election on Tuesday. The seat held by Scott Diffenderfer is open on the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors. Diffenderfer is not seeking re-election.

The top Republican and Democratic vote-getters will advance to the November general election.

John Alleman, the only Democrat to file in the race, said that serving on a board like the supervisors is "something I wanted to do since I was a kid basically."

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Issues identified by Alleman, of P.O. Box 244, State Line, Pa., are the proposed municipal complex, the need for a police department and a desire to maintain the tax base and rate.

Alleman, a 56-year-old electrical estimator and lifetime resident of the area, is involved with Little League and Boy Scouts.

Richard L. "Rick" Baer, 36, is a Republican and Greencastle native who lives at 14175 Rocking M Lane, Greencastle.

Important issues perceived by Baer, a self-employed businessman, include the multimillion price tag associated with the proposed municipal complex, the need to bring commercial industry to the area, the establishment of parks and the creation of affordable housing.

"I decided to run for Antrim Township Supervisor because over the years, in my job, I have seen and heard a lot of township (residents) voicing concerns about how the township is run," Baer said. "I've done a lot of research on complaints, problems, current ordinances and finances of the township."

Larry L. Eberly, a Republican, lives at 11537 Grant Shook Road in Greencastle.

"One of the main reasons (I'm running) is that I think it's time for a change," said Eberly, 57, who has lived in the Greencastle area all but five years of his life.

Eberly, a homebuilder and regional legislative officer for the Pennsylvania Builders Association, feels that while the township might need office space, it does not need a comprehensive new complex. He thinks the property on U.S. 11 would be better for a commercial business, boosting the tax base.

Kim Y. Robinson, 42, lives at 1909 Farmall Drive in Greencastle.

Robinson, a Republican, identified key issues as the proposed municipal complex project and police and tax needs.

"I don't favor any future tax burdens for the citizens. Rather, I would like to see a portion of our funds allotted to incomplete projects that would support commercial development and bring additional revenue to the community," said Robinson, owner of Builder of Unique Homes Inc.

A Greencastle native and board member of the Greencastle Rotary, Robinson said her experiences in business and volunteer work would serve her in securing the quality of life for future generations.

Dwight Thrush, a Republican, of 6451 Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg, was unable to be reached for comment.

Jeff Todd, a Republican, who lives at 13545 Worleytown Road, Greencastle, has been a resident of Antrim Township since 1985.

Todd, 48, feels the municipal complex discussions have eclipsed other issues.

"I'm big on getting the connecting road finished that we started and the community park that started and never finished," said Todd, who owns and operates Todd Auto Body.

"Antrim Township has been a strong supporter of mine as far as my business growth here, so I wanted to give something back to the township," he said.

Larson Wenger, a Republican, of 9344 Hades Church Road, Greencastle, is 54-year-old lifetime resident of the Greencastle area.

Wenger previously served 18 years as a supervisor and continues to operate the water/wastewater systems. He feels growth remains a key issue although the housing market slowed, but he feels a new supervisor might not have a say regarding the township complex.

"The existing board, if they're working together, should be addressing (that) before a new supervisor gets elected," Wenger said, adding that not a lot has gotten done in the past year and a half.

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