Candidate for Colley Twp. supervisor offers his views
Voters will decide on Nov. 5 whether Timothy Brown or Drew Ditzler will win a six-year township supervisor position in Colley Township. The Review sent a questionnaire to both candidates. Only Brown answered the questionnaire, and his responses are printed below verbatim.
Name: Tim Brown
Address: Lopez, Pa.
Office sought: Township Supervisor
Political party: Democrat
Occupation: Working Township Supervisor
1. Why are you seeking the office?
To continue serving Colley Township residents as a working supervisor by maintaining and improving roads, getting grants, and keeping up with the changes being made by the gas industry as well as weather related issues. I have gained much experience in seven years as supervisor and will continue my dedication to the community.
2. What are your credentials for being an effective representative?
In my current role as supervisor, I have attended many seminars/workshops, and have been certified in grant writing and dirt and gravel. I've worked closely with federal and state agencies such as FEMA, PEMA and our state representative's office. I have a very effective working relationship with vendors and contractors as well.
3. If you are the incumbent, what have you done to deserve re-election?
I enjoy representing Colley Township and I feel I have done my best to accommodate the needs of the community. I have worked closely with the natural gas companies and have had many roads reconstructed in the town of Colley due to gas traffic. I have also applied for and received over $400,000 in grant money to help balance the cost without raising taxes.
4. What are the top three issues as you see them and what would you do about them?
The natural gas industry and its impact on our roads and community. I have received training from the state and Colley Township, was the first in Sullivan County to have our roads bonded which requires all companies to assume responsibility and maintain our roads to the required state level. I also feel it's important to remain educated on the ever growing industry to protect the community and the environment.
Deteriorating Roads - Originally we at Colley Township had an evaluation of our roads done by an engineering firm and I feel we need to initiate a timetable for repairs to all our roads based on these reports and past history.
Declining Budgets - With the current economy the way it is and yearly decrease in our liquid fuels allocations I feel it is necessary we continue working with other agencies for grants and other allocations so we're able to do the best possible job without an expanding cost to our taxpayers.
5. In the coming years, how would you like to see your municipality use its revenue from the impact fee on gas drilling?
Colley Township has already used impact fee money to resurface a section of roadway that had been torn up due to heavy traffic. In my opinion, the Act 13 money should be, and will be used to maintain our roadways to ensure safe travels for all who use them.
6. What is your philosophy about taxation?
As a taxpayer myself in Colley Township, I know how hard it can be on residents if taxes are raised. I feel taxes should only be raised when there are no other options and at a limited increase at a time. Taxes have only been raised slightly once (2012) in the seven years I have been supervisor and then it was due to the back to back floods in 2011. With current grants pending, I see no reason for an increase any time soon.
7. How have you been campaigning?
The best way I know how. Talking to people face to face and getting as much input from the community as I possibly can. As an elected official, I am here to serve them and I am always willing to listen to their ideas or concerns.