Lights Out

Dear Editor,

We hear that Belmont County is reaping the rewards resulting from the recent “gas and oil boon.” Our residents recently passed several levies, to benefit our community. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

However, on May 1, 2014, the street lights of West 52nd Street, Shadyside, were turned off. The remaining street lights in Mead Township, will be turned off in the coming weeks. After seeing our property taxes rise significantly, this seems like a slap in the face. Our township trustees, Ed Good and Greg Warren, were nice enough to meet with us and explain why this action was taken. It seems that even after making numerous budget cuts and making very difficult decisions, Mead Township continues to face a financial dilemma. One main reason for this is the closure of the Burger Plant, and the other is that the state has dramatically reduced funding to the townships.

We feel that when the entire township is in the dark, it will create an accident waiting to happen. Action needs to be taken before someone gets hurt, seriously injured, or killed. Shame on anyone who would not prevent one of these catastrophies. This safety hazard is an embarrassment and step backwards for the township, Belmont County, and state of Ohio.

Where is the money generated from, the gas and oil industry? We are told the townships, where the drilling is actually taking place, receive a very small percentage, and that the majority of the money is going to Columbus.

It is great that Gov. Kasich is balancing his budget, but it should not be done at the expense of hard-working families, senior citizens, and taxpayers, by compromising their safety.

If funding for the street lights is not restored, we feel that it will be difficult to pass any levies in our community, in the future.

We urge Gov.Kasich to allocate additional funding to our townships.

Ross and Carol Campbell