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More seats' rationale

| Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The members of Brighter Future PAC share the Trib's opinion, expressed in the “Referendum no resolution” item in “Greensburg Tuesday takes” (Sept. 17 and TribLIVE.com), that greater oversight of Ligonier Township operations is called for.

We also believe that as we move forward, the management of the township, the stewardship of its natural resources and guiding the energy and vitality of its hardworking residents are tasks best undertaken by a slightly larger board of supervisors than we currently have.

Enlarging the size of the board by adding two seats, permissible under the commonwealth's Township Code, is an approach we believe can prove fruitful by attracting candidates for supervisor whose education, experiences and skills are different from those typically associated with the traditional supervisor/roadmaster arrangement.

In our view, that dual role blurs the distinction between an individual's obligations as a public official and personal considerations relating to that person's employment.

We will be encouraging Ligonier Township voters to reflect upon the recent history and limitations of the current system and examine the possibility of creating a brighter future for the township by involving people with additional talents and skills in the governmental operations of our community.

That process begins with approving the referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Phillip J. Fleming

Ligonier Township

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