Fruitland Township hosted several candidates for various offices at a forum before a packed audience on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The forum included candidates for a reconfigured county commissioner District 8 after the 2010-2020 Apportionment plan was approved, reducing the number of commission districts from 11 to 9.
John Snider, who is a current commissioner and vice-chair of the County Board of Commissioners, is seeking re-election in his newly created District 8. Snider, who is running as a Republican, is running against Democrat Terry Sabo.
An important topic facing the County Board of Commissioners is what to do with the wastewater property, which is located in Egelston and Moorland Townships.
Sabo focused on creating more recreational areas for residents to use, and said that since the area is already set up for food processing, the county should look into that option, as well as alternative energy. He is absolutely opposed to fracking for natural gas.
Snider focused on using the space for alternative energy, since the county recently signed a lease agreement with Gamesa Energy USA to investigate the possibility of putting a wind farm on the wastewater property.
Snider also disagreed with Sabo, and said that the property is not currently available for food processing because there is no water there yet.
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