2009-02-28 / News

Holman to replace Cooper as trustee

By Charles Prince

JACKSONTOWN - Licking Township Trustees Joe Hart and Dave Miller didn't make a rush to judgment to replace Joe Cooper. They spent nearly four hours in executive session Monday night before making their choice.

First, they spent about an hour and a half interviewing the three final candidates - Troy D. Dunlap PE, Harold Mohr and Scott Stemm - of the eight candidates that applied to fill the last 10 months of Cooper's term. The other five candidates were interviewed at their Feb. 17 meeting.

Trustees returned from executive session Monday night at 10:45 p.m. Trustee President Joe Hart gave the handful of residents remaining an opportunity for public comment. No one spoke. Miller then moved to appoint John Holman to replace Cooper. Hart seconded Miller's motion and it was approved unanimously

Holman has been a township resident for over 50 years. He lives at 8228 Licking Trails Road where he owns and operates Dutch Fork horse farm. The farm boards horses and breeds standardbreds for racing. Holman is a past manager of the former Quality Farm & Fleet store on Ohio 13. He previously served the Lakewood school community as a member and president of the Lakewood School Board in the 1990's. One of his terms overlapped with Hart's service on the school board.

"Dave and I believe that John's life experiences along with his professional background, people skills and communication ability will supplement both of us and make a positive contribution to the Board of Licking Township Trustees," Hart told The Beacon.

"I would like to thank trustees for their vote of confidence," Hol man told The Beacon Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of the position." He will seek a full term in November. Holman ran for the board of trustees in the late 1990's and came in second to incumbent Ron Acord.

Last week's story reported that Hart and Miller approved an amended Certificate of Estimated Resources of $1,622,369.74 from the county auditor's office. That's correct, but the reported source of those funds - taxes this year - isn't accurate. The Certificate includes all funds available to the township and includes a $749,323.62 carryover from previous years. Some of the carryover funds are in restricted use accounts such as fire operations and motor vehicle license/gasoline tax.

According to the county auditor, Licking Township should receive a total of $579,876.90 in tax payments this year, $13,919.22 in state reimbursement and other income of $279,250.00. Other income includes $15,000 in motor vehicle license tax, $90,000 in gasoline tax, and $85,000 in contract payments for fire/EMS services provided to other townships and villages.

It has been past practice for trustees to approve an Annual Appropriation Resolution in the amount of the Certificate of Estimated Resources. That practice continued last Tuesday, but trustees haven't spent the entire appropriation in the past nor do they intend to do so this year.

Trustees next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2 at the Licking Township Fire Company Station #3 on Ohio 13 in Jacksontown.

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