ADAMS TWP — Supervisors will see at least one newcomer to the board this year as five candidates vie for two open seats with just one incumbent running for reelection.
Supervisor Russ Ford is hoping to extend his 10-year tenure on the board, facing challengers Thomas Dover, Ian Floyd, Frank Haustovich and Clay Morrow.
Both open seats are for six-year terms, with the winners of this May's election joining supervisors Linda Lees, Edward Vogel and Ron Shemela. Noticeably absent from the race is Supervisor Thomas Franceschina, board chairman, who decided not to run for re-election.
The primary election is May 21.
The issue on every candidates' mind is growth.
Adams is one of the fastest growing townships in the county, with development applications routinely going before the board for approval. It has added several housing and commercial developments in recent years, increasing the township's population and tax base.
The rapid growth has brought increased traffic and a need for infrastructural improvements. PennDOT has already begun widening the Route 228 corridor. The township is also working to take Three Degree Road from state control and bring it up to code.
Growth also has brought about the formation of community groups, such as Saving Rural Adams and Trail Adams Township, that are committed to growth management in the township. Each group has representation among the candidates.
Meanwhile, the board has worked to tighten some restrictions on development, encouraging the township planning commission to get stricter with developers on modification requests and last-minute alterations.
Recently, the board and planning commission have been working on the formation of a new ordinance that would require developers to obtain a permit before disturbing township slopes. The planning commission plans to vote on recommending the ordinance this month.