Harner opposes a
1,140-home planned residential development
that could triple the township's population
"It doesn't retain a
rural area and it doesn't help the
environment there," he said." It's a
suburb. It will result in major
Alexander, a plumber
and a farmer, has served as a supervisor
since 1998. Prior to becoming a supervisor,
he was a member of the Fairfield Area School
District board for eight years.
Harner, a retired
aeronautical engineer, decided to run a
write-in campaign in early October. If
elected, he said he'd like to update the
township's zoning ordinance to eliminate
planned residential developments to ensure
Liberty Township retains a rural
Last week the
township's planning commission voted 3-2 to
recommend supervisors eliminate that type of
development from the current zoning rules.
rural area does not need planned residential
developments," Harner said.
"supervisors must make decisions on upcoming
developments based on whether the plan
complies with the zoning ordinance, not just
And Harner said the
plan for the Community of Liberty the
1,140-unit housing development does not
meet the zoning ordinance.
In addition to
keeping planned residential developments out
of the township, Harner also would like to
adopt a uniform building code for the
township to assure new buildings are
structurally sound, keep taxes reasonable
and put the public's welfare first.
"Also, I want open
communication," he said. "Township
supervisors should let people know about
what's going on."
mailing municipal news to the residents
monthly or bi-monthly. While campaigning, he
said he has found a lot of people with
questions about township business.
"They don't know
what's going on," he said.
Harner said in
addition to his administrative background
and communication skills, he knows how to
make, read and meet a budget. In 1991, he
won a distinguished executive award from
former President George Bush.
"I have never run
(for election) or assisted with the
administration of a township. However, my
background is certainly something that would
help in this area," Harner said.