I am responding to Harmar Supervisor Bob Exler's comment in the story “Harmar secretary-treasurer out after 6 years” in which he stated it was appropriate to appoint his son-in-law and neighbors to township boards.
“When you're in trouble,” he said, “you fall back to the people you know ... trying to get the most honest people we know ... .”
Harmar is not in trouble. The township is fiscally sound. It provides sound services within a professionally managed budget and hasn't raised taxes in six years. We have no pending lawsuits.
Unlike many surrounding communities, we have zero debt. There is a professional office staff and continuity of personnel.
Our police department, led by Chief Jason Domaratz, may be the most professional police department in the region. Our public works department regularly receives commendations, especially in the winter months.
We have the ongoing $20 million Pitt Ohio trucking terminal and a $500,000 grant to repave Rich Hill Road. This business will provide jobs and tax revenue to Harmar and the Allegheny Valley School District.
So who's in trouble?
Perhaps if Mr. Exler hadn't missed six of 16 public meetings in 2013 — including the last five and all of the budget meetings – or if he had picked up his mail from June through August, he might know what he's talking about.
Linda H Slomer
The writer is a Harmar Supervisor
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