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Newcomers Ulishney, Scekeres square off in race to be Unity supervisor

| Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Unity Township supervisor candidate Republican Thomas Ulishney
Domenick Scekeres, candidate for Unity Township supervisor.

With 140 miles of roads in Unity, two newcomer candidates seeking a six-year term as supervisor are divided over how best to manage them.

Republican Tom Ulishney said he would not work as a roadmaster if elected.

Democrat Domenick Scekeres said that as a newcomer, however, he'd like to learn the position first before upending an 80-year-old system.

The positions were more of a necessity when road maintenance was spread out in garages throughout the township, but since the garage was centralized about 10 years ago it's no longer needed, Ulishney said.

“We have three highly paid individuals going to manage 16 people all under one roof,” he said. “I feel that that is not needed. I feel that two men can handle that job.”

With the savings, Ulishney said he hopes to benefit the township in other ways, contributing to everyday operations, parks and playground maintenance or the annual festival.

“I don't know how I could change a system these guys are living and breathing every day,” Scekeres said. “I'm hoping the reason we have this system is that it's what works best for us.”

He said if elected, he plans to try to find ways to improve the road crew operations to make them the most efficient.

Scekeres said with his business experience, he hopes to run the township in the same way, leading to “smart growth.”

That way, the township can encourage business and development while retaining prosperous residential neighborhoods.

“It's finding that happy medium” that can be difficult, he said.

Scekeres plans to focus on the needs of senior citizens and hailed the property tax rebate passed in September.

Ulishney said he also wants to aid those on fixed incomes by not raising taxes.

He plans to honor veterans by establishing an annual event in the township for them, active military members and their families.

Ulishney also stressed the important service of the township's fire departments.

“You have to make sure the fire departments stay financially stable,” he said.

The candidate who is elected in November will replace Jacob “Jake” Blank Jr., 58, a Democrat, who plans to retire when his six-year term expires on Dec. 31.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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