3 vie for 2 Goshen Twp. trustee positions

GOSHEN TWP. – A former township trustee will challenge the two incumbents on the November ballot.

Rob Spencer, who served as a trustee from 1993 through 2009, will challenge Todd Beeson and Roger Heineman, both on the board since 2010.

-Todd Beeson, incumbent, has served four years as trustee. A lifelong resident of the township, he is a graduate of West Branch High School and the Salem Police Academy.

Beeson is currently the foreman for the Canfield Department of Public Works, where he has worked for the past 12 years, overseeing the daily operations involving streets, parks, cemeteries, water distribution and wastewater collection. Prior to that he served 15 years on the Goshen Township Police Department, the last 11 of which as the chief. He has also worked 10 years for an oil and gas production company.

In addition to his time on the police department, Beeson has also served as a firefighter and EMT with the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department for nearly 20 years and has served the township youth as a 4-H advisor for 20 years.

He said that his community involvement plus his work experience makes him a qualified candidate for re-election. In his current position with the Canfield Department of Public Works, Beeson said he has gained experience in highway maintenance and repair; cemetery burials, records and maintenance; and storm water collection systems. Having worked for an oil and gas production company, Beeson said he possesses knowledge that may be useful with the impending shale boom. He also holds EPA certifications for water distribution and wastewater collection systems and is a certified pesticide applicator with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

As an incumbent, Beeson said his biggest accomplishments include paying off all township loans, many of them early, resulting in interest savings, and operating within the budget while paying off the loans, without cutting services or enacting layoffs. The trustees also completed chip and seal projects the last three years and an extensive drainage and culvert replacement on Diagonal Road this year. The only outstanding loan is a lease agreement the trustees recently entered into for the purchase of a new dump truck equipped with snow control equipment.

Beeson also highlighted the establishment of cemetery rules and regulations which will help “preserve the integrity and govern the cemeteries for many years to come”; and hosting the township’s bicentennial, a one-day event with historic items and documents on display at the administration building.

“I feel it is important to give back to my community, to do what I can to help keep Goshen Township a great community and a good place to live,” he said. “I served on the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department and the Goshen Police Department because I wanted to help the residents in the community. As trustee, I have based my decisions on how their outcome would affect the majority of residents, not for personal reasons or personal gain.”

Beeson lives on South Duck Creek Road.

– Roger Heineman, incumbent, has served four years as trustee. He is a graduate of West Branch High School.

Heineman served on the Goshen Township Road Department for 15 years and also has 12 years experience as a mechanic and shop foreman and six years in farm drainage. He has attended several seminars and training classes ranging from personnel to maintenance.

A lifelong self-employed farmer, Heineman is a member of the farm bureau and volunteers for many organizations such as the Ruritans.

“As a lifelong resident of the township, I am genuinely interested in the good of the township,” he said. “I consider the residents my friends and neighbors.”

Heineman said his experience on the road department not only gave him thorough knowledge of the road and cemeteries, but also familiarized him with township policy and procedure. His current position with a drainage business has also given him experience in solving water problems, he said.

His biggest accomplishments while being a trustee, according to Heineman, include working with the other trustees and the fiscal officer to get the township out of debt. He also highlighted the improvement and seal coating of over seven miles of road and underdrainage of one mile with new culverts, as well as improvements to the administration office, road garage and recycling center.

Heineman lives on Duck Creek Road. He has three grown children and six grandchildren.

-Rob Spencer had been a trustee for 16 years before losing a re-election bid in 2009 and has served on the Mahoning County 911 Board. He is a graduate of West Branch High School and Kent State University.

Spencer is a transit sales manager for Myers Equipment Corp. in Canfield. He is a member of the Mahoning County Farm Bureau, the West Branch Alumni and the West Branch Hall of Fame Committee.

Having been a longtime trustee, Spencer highlighted his experience and accomplishments from his tenure including the Damascus sewer project, acquiring the Goshen Center School for use as an administration building and consistently keeping the township in the black, “regardless of what others have stated previously.”

“I have always worked diligently and with integrity for the best interest of the township,” he said.

Spencer promised to be a hands-on, give-it-all type of official that won’t sit back and let others do the work he is obligated to do.

“Residents know they can always come to me with their concerns, comments and questions at any time,” he said. “Many times, issues or problems are not explained properly or have been misconstrued over time causing a misunderstanding of an issue or decision.

“Anyone that has any doubts about voting for me as trustee, I will do my very best to represent you and your concerns. I enjoy working with the people of our township and making our area one of the best around. I have lived here all my life and want what is best for all of us.”

Spencer lives on Smith Goshen Road with his wife, Donna. They have three children.