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Baer, Alleman seek Antrim Township seat

October 26, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Two candidates are competing for the seat on the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors held by Supervisor Scott Diffenderfer, who is not seeking re-election.

Democrat John F. Alleman and Republican Richard "Rick" Baer are running for the position, which pays $3,250 annually, according to Renee Perrin, Antrim Township secretary.

The top vote-getter in the Nov. 6 general election will serve a six-year term.

The complex

One issue weighing on the minds of the candidates is the proposal for the new government complex in Antrim Township, Pa., which could cost $6 million.

"The first thing is we need to come up with a plan for the office complex that the residents can support," said Alleman, 56, of 15576 Pennsylvania Ave. in State Line, Pa. "This has divided the township for too long of a time."

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Alleman said the original design for the municipal complex was too costly and that there were ways to save money.

"The new plan should reflect services we have now, and the additional space we will need for those in the next 10 years," said Alleman, who works as an electrical estimator, designer and project manager.

Baer also believes the original plan for the municipal complex was too costly.

"There's no way that I would ever spend $6 million on a new building," said Baer, 37, of 14175 Rocking M Lane in Greencastle. "I'm for remodeling the old building and possibly down the road expanding."

Commercial growth

Baer said there are more important issues in the township than the new municipal complex, such as future commerical growth.

Baer said the township needs to stay ahead of commercial development, such as the proposed Grindstone Hill Road extension, which would alleviate truck traffic from Interstate 81 at exit 5, and Paul Perini Properties, off of U.S. 11.

"The infrastructure there is a big issue," said Baer, a self-employed electrical contractor. "The new businesses have to help with the tax base - they'll help with per-capita tax and the earned-income tax."

Alleman stressed the need to bring new business to the area and keep residents working in the area.

"We need to find jobs to keep our residents working in this area and not having long commutes," Alleman said. "We need commercial growth to increase our tax base."

Both candidates are concerned about the township's relationship with the school board and the borough of Greencastle.

"We need to have good cooperation between the school board and the borough council," Alleman said. "With good cooperation with the borough and school board, we can come up with plans to make this an even better community for which businesses would want to relocate."

"The borough - it would be to their benefit to work with us, the township, for the better of the community, with all the commercial growth," Baer said. "I think if the borough and the township would get together, the school board would go along."

Work to serve

Alleman and Baer said they would work hard to serve Antrim Township if elected to the board of supervisors.

"I have shown that I am dedicated to this community, I can work well with committees, I am familiar with emergency services, and I am open to suggestions and ideas," said Alleman, who has volunteered for organizations such as Rescue Hose Fire Co. and Old Home Week.

"I lived here all my life and I've worked here all my life," said Baer, who believes he has not missed a supervisor's meeting since last November. "I think it's a great community and I think I can make a difference."

Alleman said he has been attending meeting frequently since March.

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