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Election Questionnaire

Date questionnaire completed: Office sought:

10-10-2013

Chester Township Trustee

Political party: Republican Name: Michael J Joyce Age: 65 Date of birth: July 16, 1948 Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio Home address: 12195 Reserve Lane, Chesterland, Ohio 44026 Length of residence in that community: 25 Years Twitter: N/A Facebook: www.facebook.com/MikeJoyce4Trustee Campaign Web site: N/A Occupation: Township Trustee, Part time Zoning Inspector, Part time Building Inspector Employer: Chester Township, Newbury Township, Highland Heights Business address: 12701 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland Ohio 44026 Elected office experience: 4 Years Trustee, Chesterland ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Non-elected office experience (boards, etc.): 15 years, Full time Zoning Inspector; 1 Year Township Administrator; 1 Year Part time Zoning Inspector; 15 Years Geauga County Election Marshall ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Education (Please only list schools you’ve graduated from and list degrees if applicable): Charles Brush High School; TRW / State of Ohio, Manufacturing Journeyman; Cleveland State University, BBA; Lake Erie College, MBA; USAF 1970 / 1974, Honorable Discharge ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Marital status: Married, 42 Years Name of spouse: Diane M. Name and age of any children: Jennifer, 35; Michael, 32; Kathleen, 31; Karen, 29 ; Christopher, 28 Organizations: Ohio Township Association; Leadership Geauga, Class of 2011; Former member of Kiwanis Club, Ohio Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Lake County Foster Parent Association, Lake County Adoptive Association, Assistant Cub Scout Leader ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
I would most like to improve the sense of pride our community feels toward Green Innovations, Public Lands and our Police/Fire/Road Departments. Green Innovations refers to taking a leadership role in environmentallyconscious improvements such as the use of LED lights to reduce power consumption; water treatment by use of pervious pavers to lessen groundwater runoff; and utilization of more rain gardens to further minimize groundwater runoff. Public Lands refers to introducing passive and active parks into the zoning resolution and land use documents; opening the 80-acres and the Hancock Memorial lands into full Chester parks (once parks are defined in the Zoning Resolution) and expanding the use of Parkside by utilizing the Henry House (once the park district defines their needs). These parks will offer us many valuable improvements, such as increased community functions and family activities, walking trails, health benefits and appreciation of nature. Finally, our Police/Fire/Road Departments refers to

furthering the ongoing process of updating and modernizing our fleet of vehicles, equipment and strategies for their use. This process is an ongoing effort to allow us to do more with less and save taxpayer dollars.

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Four years ago, I took up the mantle of leadership as a Chester Township Trustee and found a more difficult challenge than expected. In surpassing these various obstacles against progress, I had to learn the way to improve Chester. However, these efforts led to the successful “turning of the tide”, so to speak. Chester is now a more positive place to live. In the past four years, we have successfully implemented many improvements, such as the beginning of our Green Innovations Leadership of Township assets, Parkside Park’s revitalization and growth, Road Department renovations, the Fire Department modernization, the elimination of the last two dirt roads in Chester, acknowledgement of Hancock Memorial lands and new Fire Department water-recharging pond, the merging of Chester Township Open House with Chesterfest and relocating it to Parkside Park, the overhaul and implementation of the Record Retention Policy, Marilyn Road flood water control project, Chester cemetery expansion project, opening of the 80 acres of land for the community, and working with former Senator Tim Grendell to dedicate a portion of 322 to honor U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Thibodeau. Given the chance to continue in this tradition of strong aspirations and dedicated work for our community, I will be able and willing to bring the ongoing projects from these into fruition, as well as add to the preservation of our homes. As a Vietnam-Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I fought for and supported my country, even when times were tough. As I once fought to defend our country, I now ask you to allow me to continue to defend the integrity of our Township. I have learned how to persevere and move Chester forward on a positive path. I will face the public challenges so you do not have to.

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