Crawford County commissioners are taking some heat, as the CLP issue was one raised in the commissioner campaign three years ago. Commissioners now are considering a sheriff’s sale instead of a tax claim sale.
Commissioners will be up for re-election next year and we are already hearing some rumblings about potential challengers — but no names. Perhaps, those rumblings are just “wishful thinking” on the part of some disgruntled people.
Several major issues from the 2011 campaign still remain unsolved, including Conneaut Lake Park, the lack of courthouse space and the building of a new Mead Avenue Bridge to name a few. Some things the commissioners have no control over. Others just apparently take more time than the commissioners realized when they ran. Another issue being raised is what some appears by some to be excess spending — particularly in terms of more staff being added.
While this year’s election is going to be interesting, next year’s may be more intense. In addition to the three commissioner seats, most of the other county offices also will be on the ballot. We are hearing some potential candidates for some offices, but so far nothing concrete and nobody is willing to give names.
County employees were saddened with the recent death of Steve Maziarz, who was retired from the county assessment office. All county employees and others were sending their deepest condolences to former County Commissioner Morris Waid and his wife, Donna, on the recent death of their grandson, Kyle.
Jane Smith is a retired Meadville Tribune reporter who specialized in covering government and politics.