Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
By William Kincaid
Three candidates compete for pair of Blackcreek Twp. trustee seats
Election November 2013
  Three men are vying for two open Blackcreek Township Trustee positions in Tuesday's general election.
Incumbent Duane Counterman is squaring off against two political newcomers, Marshall Brehm and Curtis Hamrick.
Blackcreek Township voters also will decide the fate of a 1.25-mill fire protection replacement levy.

Duane Counterman
Counterman, 10068 Wabash Road, is a 63-year-old farmer who has served as a Blackcreek Township Trustee for 20 years. He appreciates the voters who elected him in the past and hopes to serve again, he said, noting he enjoys the position.
Counterman said declining state revenue has forced trustees to stretch their dollars even further.
"We've got the the most miles and the smallest budget in the county," he said.
Trustees can't afford to frequently pave township roads, which costs about $60,000 or more, he said. Instead, they often opt to chip-and-seal roads at an average cost of $12,000 a mile.
Counterman believes his two-decade span as a trustee and his availability to plow snow and perform other duties qualifies him to serve another term.
He and his wife, Diane, have two children.

Marshall Brehm
Brehm, 10100 Burrville Road, is a 29-year-old automotive technician who is running for a trustee spot to support the community and ensure fire protection and safe roads in Blackcreek Township, he said.
Maintaining fire protection and roadways are the challenges Brehm foresees affecting the township in the future.
Brehm, and his wife, Heidi, have three children.

Curtis Hamrick
Hamrick, 12039 state Route 49, is a 34-year-old teacher at Parkway High School and self-employed in agriculture.
A lifetime farmer who grew up in Blackcreek Township, Hamrick believes his leadership abilities will help keep the rural area an inviting place for families to live.
"I've had experience in public education and understand how the fiscal process works with local governments," he said. "I've also served as secretary of Willshire Fire Department for five years and understand how meetings are run for public organizations."
Hamrick said his experience as a farmer familiarizes him with the entire township and its roads and drainage issues.
"I've worked with the land my entire life," he said.
Asked about challenges facing the district, Hamrick said local governments are facing tight budgets and their local leaders must continue to serve communities the best and most responsible way with limited funds.
Hamrick and his wife, Kristin, have one daughter.

Fire levy
Voters also will determine on a five-year, 1.25-mill fire protection replacement levy.
If approved, the levy would generate $25,748 annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 valued home $43.75 each year, according to Mercer County Auditor Randy Grapner.
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