Coffland seeks Belmont County Commissioner’s seat

MEAD TOWNSHIP Trustee and resident of Shadyside, Matt Coffland, has announced his candidacy for Belmont County Commissioner in the March Democratic Election, term beginning Jan. 2, 2009.

“In addition to my 18 years as a township trustee, I also have served for the past nine years as president of the Belmont County Township Association. These positions have provided me with the opportunity to meet a significant number of county residents and public officials, many of whom have encouraged me to seek a commissioner’s seat,” Coffland explained.

“As a full-time commissioner, I will work tirelessly with the Department of Development, Community Improvement Corporation and the Belmont County Port Authority to attract new businesses and industry to the Belmont County. I will make sure future construction will be done with local labor along with professional services staying within the county.”

Coffland said he will work with Belmont County Senior Services and the Department of Job and Family Services to ensure that all county residents receive the services they deserve. Coffland said he will also work hand in hand with all levels of government from the city, state and federal levels, to the village, township and park district levels. By working together for the county, grants and funding can be received to improve infrastructure, water and sewer lines, roads and bridges, as well as buildings and grounds.

“I will work with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Corps of Army Engineers to find a way to clean and to restore our creeks and waterways to provide a safe environment for families in low lying, dangerous areas,” Coffland explained.

Coffland has been part of the Ohio Valley Riverfront Development Committee from its onset and is looking forward to working in the development of all other areas of the county.

“With new development in retail, industry and manufacturing, more jobs will become available. There needs to be an immediate stop to the decline of population in Belmont County and development will indeed create more jobs and put this county back on top in Ohio,” Coffland stated.

In 1990, Coffland played an active role in the flood disaster that affected Shadyside and Mead Township area. He was one of several officials that directed nonprofit and government agencies in the rebuilding of homes and infrastructure along Mead Township’s Wegee and Pipe creeks, where the flash flooding occurred.

“In times of any Belmont County need, I will be a visible commissioner, and work diligently with EMA and any emergency service. Receiving funding and aid is an important part of recovery, and I will expedite recovery efforts for the residents of Belmont County,” he said.

“I am quite capable of decision making and handling the finances of the county. Every person is important to me and is entitled to a good government. I’ve worked hard for our township residents and now I want to offer my services to all county residents. I have the experience and a proven record of success. Also, being a team player is an asset I will continue to employ,” Coffland explained.

Coffland’s other public service activities and accomplishments include the following:

? Developing a township highway paving program in 1990 that today, has resulted in the continuation of asphalting virtually all of Mead Township’s 47 miles of roadway;

? Testifying in 1991 at Federal Emergency Management Agency hearings in Columbus and Washington, D.C., regarding natural disasters;

? Serving on the Belmont County District Health Advisory Board 1994 to present;

? Extending waterlines in many areas of Mead Township with cooperation of residents, county and state officials;

? Serving in 1996 on the Ohio Township Trustee Association’s Nominating Committee for state office.

? Serving the past nine years on the Belmont County Issue 2 Board which administers funding for infrastructure projects for the county and its various political subdivisions;

? Initiating the Mead Township Park District in 2001;

? Entered into the Land Revitalization Program, which aids in cleanup of nuisance properties.

? Advisory Board for the Democratic Central Committee;

? Ohio Valley Riverfront Development Committee;

? Member of The Conflict Resolution Services for Government Officials;

Coffland, a lifelong resident of Belmont County, resides on 42nd Street in Shadyside with his wife, Lisa; son, Matthew; and daughter, Macy. The Cofflands attend the Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church. Coffland is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Shadyside Boosters, Sons of American Legion and the Belmont County Farm Bureau. Matt is owner and operator of Matt’s Tiger Pub in the village where he is a major sponsor of the academic and athletic organizations in Shadyside’s Local School District and other local districts.

“As Commissioner, the dedication, sacrifice, and commitment I give to the residents will show the passion that I maintain for Belmont County. I encourage you to vote for Matt Coffland, a Democrat, for Belmont County Commissioner,” the candidate said.