Continuing to keep their election year pledge, the Avon Forward Slate returned yet another pay increase to the People of Avon Township! Back in August, 2009, Supervisor Sam Yingling, Clerk Lisa Rusch, and trustees Chris Ditton, Sherry Ridge and Marc Feldstein returned $3,999 to the People of Avon Township. At Monday nights meeting Supervisor Sam Yingling, Clerk Lisa Rusch, and trustees Chris Ditton, Randy Evangelides and Marc Feldstein along with new Highway Commissioner, Tom Brust, returned yet another $9,324. The funds will go towards items for the Avon Township Food Pantry.
Avon Township Assessor Bryce Carus, who ran on the same slate but is refusing to be part of the ‘pledge’, excused himself after speaking to “go turn some lights off in his office” immediately prior to the check being presented. Carus claimed that he is simply following the law by keeping his increase and has even gone so far as to say that he never planned to return his increases.
In other news, Supervisor Yingling announced that the Avon Food Pantry was now feeding 681 households consisting of almost 2700 individuals, an increase of 134% over last year. New families being served this year increased from 127 in 2009 to 246 in 2010. Yingling also announced that the Avon Community Production Garden, directly behind the Township Center, had produced 608 pounds of fresh produce for the Food Pantry. That’s slightly below the 1,000 pounds he had hoped for but still a decent amount considering that the garden got a late start due to the rain soaked area awaiting cultivation.
The Township Board also approved spending $100 per month to participate in the Hometown Hero’s Program. This money will go toward filling a care package for a local Township ‘Hero” currently serving in the military.