Winners of the Mifflin Township trustee race are reflecting on the service of Joe Spanovich, who lost his re-election bid Nov. 7.
Spanovich, who began serving as a Mifflin trustee in January 1986, also served on Gahanna City Council for 16 years.
"I was so pleased with the support that I received from residents, but am also, as you might expect, disappointed that we will be losing the vast wisdom, knowledge and expertise provided by long-time trustee and resident Joe Spanovich," said Lynn Stewart, who was re-elected.
"I am committed to continuing to serve the Mifflin Township and Gahanna residents, providing the same outstanding fire, police and cemetery services that we have been over the years."
Stewart said she looks forward to meeting and working with newcomer Kevin Cavener and building a positive relationship.
Cavener said he wanted to thank residents for their support.
"I also would like to thank Joe Spanovich for his years of service, not only to the township but the entire community," he said. "I am looking forward to working with the other trustees on the important issues before the township, including the recent (police) levy that was not approved by the voters and exploring alternative ways to fund police and fire."
Spanovich said it has been the honor of his life to serve his neighbors, both in Gahanna and Mifflin Township.
"I could not be more proud of all that I have been able to accomplish over the years with many different friends, officeholders and residents throughout the community," he said. "I consider getting clean water to the residents of Leonard Park one of the hallmarks of my tenure, as well as growing the fire division to what it is today with four fire stations and more than 80 firefighters."
Spanovich said he's confident he's leaving the township both fiscally strong and with the best possible partners.
"I encourage everyone to find ways -- both small and large -- to serve our community and find ways to make it a better place to live and work," he said.
According to unofficial final results from Nov. 7, Stewart was the top vote-getter in the race with 4,129 votes, followed by Cavener with 2,882 and Spanovich with 2,767, or 42, 29 and 28 percent, respectively. Two seats were up for grabs in the election.
Also in Mifflin Township, voters said "no" to a 3-mill replacement and 3-mill increase proposal for police protection, with 120 votes or 58 percent cast against the levy and 87 or 42 percent voting in favor.
In Jefferson Township, community members are being thanked for supporting a renewal levy for the Jefferson Township Fire Department.
"We would like to thank the community for the overwhelming output of support toward the fire department," said Brad Shull, fire chief. "This support reinforces our assurances that your fire department family will always be there when your family needs it."
Voters approved renewal of the existing 2-mill, five-year fire levy with 1,955 votes or 77 percent in favor of the tax and 592 or 23 percent opposing it.
Shull said the renewal wouldn't cost residents more than they pay now. Residents currently pay $61.25 per $100,000 of appraised property value, he said.
The renewal will generate $982,000 annually to maintain fire protection and emergency medical services, including fire suppression and prevention, lifesaving emergency medical care, car seat inspections and specialized public education.
Jefferson Township voters also decided to return incumbents to the board of trustees.
According to unofficial final results, Claire Yoder was the top vote-getter with 1,410 votes, followed by Rich Courter with 1,226, or 51 and 45 percent, respectively.
Write-in candidate Jennifer Staten received 107 votes, or 4 percent.