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Klusaritz, Pany on ballot for N. Whitehall supervisor

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Debra Palmieri dpalmieri@tnonline.com in Local News

The Press asked the two candidates running for a six-year term as supervisor the following question: What is the major issue in North Whitehall Township and how will you deal with it?

Dennis E. Klusaritz

Democrat

Klusaritz, a lifelong resident of the township, is a 1977 graduate of Parkland High School. He has been operating and managing the family hay and grain farming operation along Rising Sun Road since 1978.

“The major issue is preserving farmland. If elected, my goal is to activate the Farmland Preservation Boatd of the Township. I have been farming since 1977 and I have seen how smaller farms are being sold off one by one for building developments.

“I will achieve my goals by having regular meetings with this board — comprised of residents, farmers, school administrators, builders and Realtors — to come up with a solution to leave the farmers on the farm.

“Thirty years ago there were 40 to 50 farmers in the township. Today there is probably a dozen. We can no longer sit back and watch our farms disappear.”

Steve Pany

Republican

Pany, who is seeking a second term in office, said when he ran for his first term, the township was spending a lot of money and incurring a lot of debt. He wanted to turn this around and reduce spending and debt.

“The major challenge facing North Whitehall Township is maintaining municipal infrastructure and essential services without increasing taxes. If re-elected, I will continue to be a nonworking supervisor.

“The roles of the township manager and a single working supervisor have effectively served the township for the past six years. The expense of an additional working supervisor is unwarranted.

“I will endeavor to limit spending to essential services, maintain the current tax rate, improve growth potential for small business as well as promote reasonable growth, while maintaining the rural character of the township.

“I look forward to continue to serve our community.”