SALINEVILLE-A varied field of eight candidates will vie for four seats on the Salineville Village Council this election, including current and former village council members, a former law enforcement official and a current village clerk.
Rick Beadle is the only current councilman seeking re-election. He will be opposed by former councilmen Brian L. Tedeschi and James Wilson, village clerk Nancy Needham, retired police veteran John C. Higgins, as well as Brian Zaverl, Amy L. Earich, Shirely Roberts.
Beadle, Earich, Roberts, Tedeschi, and Wilson did not respond to requests for information.
When asked what were some of the biggest challenges facing the village, the candidates' comments centered around the decline in funding and a need for a increased police presence.
"We need to pass the police levy first and foremost," said Needham "People are installing alarm systems that are going to cost more than if they would just support the police levy."
"The safety of the citizens is the most important issue facing the town," agreed Zaverl. "We must resolve the turnover problem, stabilize the police department, and work to find a solution to funding the department without added burden to the taxpayer."
"We are faced with trying to keep up with the rising costs of operating the village with diminishing revenue," said Higgins. "Salineville needs to do whatever is necessity to re-establish a full-time police department."
When asked what they would try to change or improve about their communities, candidates gave a variety of answers.
"By myself, I can't change or improve my community," said Higgins. "Council, the mayor and village residents need to work together for the betterment of the village."
"I will try to bring a unified structure to the town's governing body," said Zaverl. "I also would like to help bring businesses back to the community and help existing business expand."
"Try to bring pride back to this village," said Needham. "Try to get residents to take an interest in their village."
Questioned about their motivations for seeking a spot on village council, the answers showed the candidates' desire to improve their community.
"The experience I gained from working for the town," Zaverl said. "I'm fully aware of the shortcomings of this community and it's now time to bring change that would benefit the community. We need clear thinking individuals who will put the town's wellbeing ahead of personal agendas and personalities. All ideas that benefit the community must be explored without bias."
Needham, said she want to help "make Salineville a better place.."
"After a working for the village for over a year, I have learned quite a lot and I realize how much needs to be done," she continued. "I really don't like to hear people talking negatively about our village. If these people would step up and try to help, I think we could turn our village around."
"Since I am retired, I will be able to devote myself full-time to being on village council," Higgins said. "I have lived in Salineville all my life and have served the village on the fire department since the age of 18. I also began my career in police work here as a village officer. Being on council will give me the opportunity to continue to serve the village that has been my life-long home."