4 candidates vie for 2 slots as Berlin Twp. trustees

BERLIN TWP. – Voters will see four candidates for two spots on the board of trustees on Tuesday’s ballot.

The candidates include incumbent Jodi Kale and challengers Denny Furman, Claud Barry Mace and write-in Scott F. Chittock.

– Denny Furman is a graduate of South High School in Youngstown and the Choffin Career and Technical Center. He has owned and operated Denny’s Auto Supply in Berlin Center since 1976 and is a board member of the Berlin-Ellsworth Ruritan Club and member of the Berlin Center Historical Society. He has also served on the Berlin Center Fire Department for 13 years and adopted five miles of state Route 534 for litter control.

Furman said his qualifications for the position include over 40 years as a successful business professional.

“I have been a property owner in Berlin Center since 1973,” he said. “I have a lot of pride for this community and I will strive to keep it solvent and safe. I will be readily accessible to all of the residents and I will handle any issues with a fair and open mind. I will work with the other trustees to form a ‘unified working team.’ Together we will seek federal, state and local grants for improvements in our township.”

Furman lives with his wife, Mary Jo, on South Pricetown Road.

– Jodi Kale has served as trustee since 2006. She has been employed in managing/accounting at a trucking business since 1987 and has served as the coordinator and editor for the local community newsletter from 1996 through 2012.

A graduate of Genoa High School, Kale said she supports community activities by participating in and attending local organization dinners, functions and fundraisers. She has served as the secretary for the county township association and for the District Advisory Council to the Mahoning County Board of Health since 2009.

Kale said if re-elected, she will continue to be “dedicated and committed to provide the means necessary to seek out the most benefits for the residents of Berlin Township, while taking serious consideration for each tax dollar spent.” She noted that her schedule is flexible so she will be available to conduct business with other governmental offices during normal business hours and attend daytime meetings that impact township issues.

During her tenure on the board, Kale said her biggest accomplishments have been helping to pave 6.61 miles of the township’s 13.26 miles of roadway; securing $420,804 in recycling grants including $120,804 from the Green Team for recycling (site agreements, special collections and site improvements) and $300,000 matching grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for two paving projects utilizing recycled tires; and expanding and improving recycling collections to include electronics and additional types of tires recycled by a certified tire recycler as well as the combination of special collections into a designated week to reduce labor costs.

Kale lives with her husband, Bob, on South Pricetown Road. They have four sons and five grandchildren.

The Salem News did not receive a response to an election questionnaire from Claud Barry Mace. Scott F. Chittock was not on the candidate list at the time the questionnaires were sent out and he did not provide any information.