Voters in Penfield Township will be asked to elect two trustees from a field of four, including one incumbent. Current Trustee Thomas Younglas did not run for re-election.
What are the biggest issues facing the township?
Conrad: Urban sprawl and the pressure of the Cleveland area pushing farther south into Penfield Township. Making more efficient use of our tax dollars and finding additional sources of revenue.
Cromer: Keeping the community rural and there seems to be a big concern about LORCO sewer lines coming through the community. Also work with the community during these hard times, helping the people themselves with certain issues.
Hartley: We are in a volatile real estate market. This fast and changing real estate market impacts us all, especially homeowners. Dealing with declining property values, foreclosed homes and loss of small business within our township affects us all.
Johnson: I feel the biggest issue facing Penfield Township is population growth and development.
How do you plan to address them?
Conrad: Continually work with the residents and county officials in an attempt to prepare for the future. Keep updating our zoning to help the township. As far as the budget is concerned, keep looking for ways to improve the township with the resources we have available. Continue to look for grants and cost-sharing ideas to enhance our revenue.
Cromer: Keep the lot sizes bigger and as far as LORCO we’re just going to have to go through the chain of command to deal with that, talking to various elected officials to deal with that. I’ve been in construction business a long time and have a lot of connections and I could go out and put a list together of contractors who could offer discounts to residents that I could hand out to the residents who they could call for certain issues.
Hartley: I stand out from the other candidates because I know the real estate industry and how to deal with those issues on a daily basis. With that experience, I feel I would be able to best assist our township residents with all issues involving them and the township.
Johnson: As population and businesses expand into the rural areas, they affect communities like Penfield. I hope to work with our other trustees, the zoning board and the residents of Penfield to have zoning laws in effect that will control the type of growth as well as the rate of growth within the township that aligns with the expectations of the people that we represent.
What makes you best suited for the job?
Conrad: I feel my 20 years of experience makes me qualified. Penfield Township’s track record over the many years, including my time, is very impressive when you look at what has been accomplished. We are able to work as a team to accomplish these things — an excellent recreation park, newly updated town hall and a recycling drop-off center. We have worked hard to keep zoning issues under control.
Cromer: I’ve been in Penfield since 1991 and know a lot of the residents. I’ve coached baseball, softball and worked on the fields for the games. I’ve never really had any issues with anybody in the community. I’m very trustworthy, honest and a man of his word.
Hartley: I have been in the real estate industry for the past 23 years. I felt that this experience will increase my ability to assist the resident of Penfield with issues affecting their property values, property uses and property conditions and lead the township toward the future needs of the residents.
Johnson: I moved to Penfield in 1986 when I built my home on Jones Road. I have been on the Park and Recreation Board for nine years and have been its president since 2004. In that capacity, I have worked regularly with the current trustees on recreation park issues. I have participated in Pride Day for many years. I have attended nearly every public function held in Penfield in the past few years including trustee meetings, Zoning Board meetings, Zoning Board of Appeals meetings, Memorial Day services and more. I have a comprehensive understanding of the responsibilities of the trustee position.
Education: Keystone High School graduate, Ohio State — ATI — two-year associate degree
Family: Married to Sue; children Jennifer, Todd and Rebecca
Job history: Self-employed dairy and grain operation for past 30 years; township trustee for 20 years
Education: High school Education; one year of college
Family: Married to Leann; children Brittney, Bradley and the late Bailee
Job history: Concrete finisher for 22 years; former Army National Guard heavy equipment operator
Education: Paramedic certificate from Lorain County Community College; real estate certificate from Cuyahoga Community College
Job history: Full-time real estate office Northern Ohio Realty in Elyria; paramedic Allen Community Hospital; owns Houses LLC, a real estate rental agency
Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cleveland State University
Family: Married to Jackie; children Deanna, Katie and Tyler
Job history: Design engineer at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria for more than 32 years