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2 incumbents, 1 newcomer seek Harmony seats

Harmony Township residents are choosing among three candidates for two seats on the board of trustees Tuesday. Incumbents Rick E. Delaney and Tom Troxell are seeking to return to the board, and they are challenged by newcomer Ty B. Callicoat.

A look at the three candidates:

Ty B. Callicoat

Callicoat is a small business owner from the area who graduated from Northeastern High School. He is also on the membership committee and annual meeting committee for the Clark County Farm Bureau.

When asked why he was running for trustee was important to him, he said, “It’s important to me because I would like to be a leader in my community and see that the Harmony Township needs are taken care of.”

Callicoat’s highest priority as trustee is to maintain a sufficient and effective fire and emergency medical services department. He stated that he would like to work with the fire chief because the fire and EMS departments are mostly volunteer, and numbers have been declining.

“I would like to work with chief on how to get more people to get involved or explore ways to make it a paid department,” he said.

Callicoat also mentions that he would like to make sure that roads are clear during the winter.

When asked if expenditures had to be reduced and how he would handle it, he said that he would prefer to look at each item and judge whether it should be cut rather than doing across-the-board cuts.

Callicoat also said that he would be willing to work with any businesses interested in moving to Harmony Township.

Rick E. Delaney

Delaney has been a Harmony Township trustee for three terms.

“I have worked hard for 12 years to be a good trustee and be good to our constituents,” he said.

Delaney’s highest priority as township trustee is to be fiscally responsible. He wants to spend taxpayer money responsibly.

“We’ve entered into cooperative arrangements with other entities to buy in bulk at competitive prices and to share services for the common good,” he said. “We have written and received grants to pay for work on storm sewers and roadside drainage.”

If expenditures are reduced, Delaney says he will seek cuts that will do the least amount of harm to the township. He would prioritize spending and work with cooperative efforts and services to reduce costs where possible.

When asked about how he creates jobs in the area, he said he uses local contractors to ensure that everyone locally is employed.

Tom Troxell

Troxell has served as a Harmony Township trustee for the past four years. He has also served on the Farm Service Agency county committee for nine years and the Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee for four years.

Troxell says that running for this position is important because he’s lived his whole life in Harmony Township and knows how important it is to take care of problems and make sure everything in the township is running properly.

“I’m a big believer in the township form of government,” he said.

Maintaining township roads and cemetery maintenance are the top priorities for Troxell because they directly affect those in the township. He would like to work with other local townships to see if there’s a way to share assets since there is less funding with the same amount, if not more, needing to be done.

If expenditures are reduced, Troxell says he will prioritize, with safety being a top priority.

Troxell said in order to create jobs he will continue to promote the area and ensure that the infrastructure is sufficient for businesses.

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