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Jefferson Township candidate calls for better roads, greater accessibility

April 26, 2019

A Bakersville resident is hoping to unseat a Jefferson Township supervisor in the Republican primary.

Edward Barron is challenging current Supervisor Lee Fritz in the May 21 primary. The currently unemployed candidate said that if there is an issue with the township, it affects everybody.

“If we take money from handling a situation at one end of the township, we are taking from another end,” he said.

Having worked for 20 years with a national communications company in Cambria and Somerset counties, Barron said he’s had a lot of experience dealing with local governments. Working on his family’s farm also gave Barron all the clearances necessary to work with the township’s vehicles.

“I’m able to plow snow, drive the trucks and work with the heavy equipment that they have,” he said.

Barron said many of the township’s roads, such as Golden Ridge Drive, are in dire need of repair. He said some dirt roads need to be graded and some blacktop roads better maintained.

“There hasn’t been any new blacktop in over two years,” he said. “They’ve done a lot of sealcoat . . . but there should be more of a blacktop plan looked at.”

Barron added that not enough small maintenance is done around the township, such as cleaning up debris and keeping culverts clear.

“Instead of having a little bit of labor and keeping the ditches open, they are plugged up and water starts washing across the road,” he said.

Barron would like to look into the viability of bringing a sewer system to Bakersville.

“I think it’s something that would be needed, (and) it would definitely increase the property value,” he said. “But it’s not something I would want to do without opening it up for public comment.”

Barron said he believes the current supervisors are not very accessible to the public. Besides adding a Facebook page, Barron would like to include more places where people can share their grievances.

“My big thing is I want to rebuild the team atmosphere that I think is missing right now,” he said. “I think my people skills, my personality and knowing most of the people in this township, I’d be able to get in and bring that back together.”

The Daily American spoke to Fritz for an article that appeared in Tuesday’s newspaper. His comments can be found at www.dailyamerican.com.