September 9, 2011Russell Township Trustee(non-partisan)Male, 63Martin Winston7634 Kinsman Rd Novelty OH 4407220+ years in Russellhttp://MartyWinstonCampaign.com Editor,
Married – JudieIan 24 Maureen 30[personal gripe: not listing schools – too long ago to matter anyway]
AREAS TO ADDRESS AND HOW:
Russell residents don’t know what’s going on in local government. I intend to establish newprograms to reconnect with residents with information on issues, invitations to participate orrespond, etc. with only minor involvement of online venues (since these are ineffective atreaching most residents; ink on paper works better and I have alternatives that are a lot lesscostly than mailings). In my first 100 days, I intend to start bimonthly print newsletter toresidents (projected cost $322 per issue, printed and delivered). Truth be told, our Trustees do aterrible job of communicating about important issues. And truth be told, they do an even worse job of listening. “Let’s put an end to the era of Trustees who don’t tell you what they’re doing,don’t listen to what you want and who believe they were elected to lead rather than torepresent.”2.
Find a solution to failing septic systems in older neighborhoods that solves their needs withoutinviting or allowing any widespread sewer presence. One answer in its simplest terms creates ahybrid solution with original septic tanks continuing to handle solid wastes while a special classof small-footprint sewer plant processes liquids. That answer must be carefully addressedbecause inattention can allow it to create far greater issues than it solves. Longstandingresidents who have spent decades living in Russell and who appreciate what that makes livinghere different and generally more favorable than neighboring communities recognize that theextension and expansion of sewers is one of the greatest threats to life here as we know it. Thatoverriding concern governs the choice of plants in this context. An appropriate small-footprintsewer plant must be deliberately capacity-limited to handle no more than the needs of a singleaging neighborhood. That has to be addressed in the choice of technology as well as theplacement of the plant in terms of gray-water outflow. It also means deliberately and severelylimiting the “208” (approved) area that it is allowed to serve. If possible, it should also be limitedby specific actions of the Geauga County Commissioners. Homeowners’ association requests tothe Township to begin the several processes necessary to accomplish this solution should nothappen until they have assurances that all such requirements can be met. This approach affectseach and every home in the relevant area; no homeowner can opt in or opt out. Theconstruction of any size sewer plant is expensive, as is laying pipes to the plant. All such costsare paid by the property owners, as are the costs of connecting from the street to their septictank outflow. In balance, a number of cost-reducing grants and long-term low-interest loanprograms can reduce the immediate cost impact. This is not an approach that any party shouldtake lightly, nor should it be allowed to become a recipe for breaking large-lot zoning. Under thedire circumstances facing Russell’s older neighborhoods where original septic leach fields are no