Violet Township trustees

Voters re-elect Myers Jr., Dunlap Sr.

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Incumbent Violet Township trustees Terry Dunlap Sr. and Harry Myers Jr. were well on their way to being re-elected during the general election Tuesday night, Nov. 5.

According to unofficial results from the Fairfield County Board of Elections at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday, with all precincts reporting, Dunlap had received 2,367 votes (44.12 percent) and Myers had received 2,662 votes (48.87 percent).

The incumbents were challenged by write-in candidate Dan Griscom, the former Pickerington Local School District treasurer. 

The term of Gary Weltlich, the third member of the board of trustees, does not expire until Dec. 31, 2015.

Dunlap, 73, was seeking his sixth term as a trustee.

During his campaign he said he is committed to ensuring Violet Township remains fiscally strong.

Dunlap said his record reflects a dedication to providing needed services for township residents.

He stressed the importance of managed growth and said under his watch there will be “no rubber-stamping” of re-zoning requests.

Dunlap said he wants to expand Violet Township’s development agreements with other entities to attract commercial development so the township can have funding from resources other than taxpayers.

Myers Jr., 64, was seeking his fourth term as trustee.

During his campaign Myers said Violet Township must continue to seek more economic development, especially in light of state funding cuts to local governments.

He said there is always a need “to stay ahead of the curve” when it comes to sufficiently maintaining both Violet Township Fire Department and emergency medical services.

Myers said he would like to see the Violet Township Port Authority utilized more. He said he will also continue to work to get state and federal funding streams to help pay for services.

He said the trustees are reviewing the budget and in the future, spending reductions might be necessary.

Griscom, 55, said he was prompted to run after he learned Dunlap was involved in an accidental shooting of a student while conducting a firearms training class in Fairfield County in August.

During the campaign he said he believed there should be a different person serving in Dunlap’s seat on the board of trustees.

Griscom retired as treasurer for the school district in February.

He said he believed there are areas where township services can be improved, such as refuse hauling services.

Currently township residents contract with multiple trash hauling companies for their waste removal.

Griscom said Violet Township can do better by using the township’s significant buying power on behalf of all residents to contract with one company for trash pick-up.

He also said he would like to see curbside recycling for all residents.

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