Council candidates address civic issues

School board candidates field questions at forum

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Leadership Troy’s annual Meet the Candidates night Thursday allowed the audience to ask in-depth questions surrounding Troy City Schools’ bond issue and learn more about various candidates running for Concord Township trustee seats, Troy City School board, and city council on Nov. 7.

The forum featured candidates and ballot issues facing the voters in Troy in the Nov. 7 General Election:

• Troy City Schools are seeking 4.61-mill levy which would raise $47.9 million to build the two new elementary schools and make improvements, such as adding air conditioning to the common areas at the high school.

• Concord Township Trustee: Don Pence (incumbent), Tom Mercer (incumbent) and J. Russell Wheeler. Two candidates are to be elected for the township.

• Troy City Council 2nd Ward: John Terwilliger and Cynthia Schaefer. One candidate is to be elected from that ward.

• Troy City School board of education: Virginia Beamish, David Heffner, Thomas Kleptz, William Overla, and Joyce Reives. Three seats are open on the school board.

Also on the ballot is the Concord Township Referendum (Trafalgar) and the Miami County Park District levy.

City council candidates shared their thoughts on the current state of bike paths in the city of Troy.

Terwilliger stated the bike lanes in the city are part of much larger connection plan outside of the city limits.

“There is a corridor plan that is run from Middletown to Sidney. They are trying to incorporate bike paths from and to, to make (bike lanes) of quality within the structure of Troy,” he said.

Terwilliger noted the Complete Streets plan is working on connectivity within the city.

“Are there issues that are a problem. Yes. Are there situations that can be worked out? Probably. Will these be worked out? I think they will. There’s more fingers than just a bike trail. Some of these bike trails are tied to the financial assistance within highway programs as mandates set by federal and state committees,” Terwilliger said.

Schaefer said she lived off of Water Street where the dedicated bike lane was recently removed.

“Buses could not go down. Emergency ambulances could not (get through) and traffic had to move when they came. Then the bike (lane) went away and we were all happy. We saved 21 parking spots, plus one, so we are all happy over there,” she said.

Schaefer said she attempted to ride on the Adams Street dedicated bike lane and made it halfway before she was unsure where to ride on which side of the roadway.

“I believe that bike (lane) on the bridge should no longer be there,” she said. “I know the residents are upset on North Market because of that bike path.”

Troy City School board members fielded questions ranging from the proposed school levy, which all candidates support. All candidates stated they would continue to follow legal counsel advice concerning issues regarding transgender students as well as alien/DREAMER student rights as it pertains to the federal guidelines.

The Troy Daily News will have more in-depth coverage of the candidates featured in future issues.

Leadership Troy Alumni have been hosting the Meet the Candidate forums since 1990. Leadership Troy includes residents of the Troy area who, since 1984, have successfully completed an extensive program designed to increase the quality and quantity of men and women capable of accepting leadership roles in community organizations.

School board candidates field questions at forum

By Melanie Yingst