All the efforts described above - are they only window dressing?
The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) believe yes - window dressing; that's what the unifying efforts boil down to.
What Stark County politician bound to a political subdivision (except, perhaps, for the Stark County commissioners) is going to "truly" advance the interest of Stark County as a whole and thereby derivatively help their individual communities?
Some months ago Stark United Way effort COMPASS (Community Objectives Met through a Partnership of All Segments of Society) Project Coordinator, Merele Kinsey made a speech express his frustration with the rampant "turfism" in Stark County.
And The Report believes that Kinsey is "right on the mark" no matter the protestations Healy, Held, Gonzales and the like to the contrary.
The proof is in the pudding. And, the Stark County pudding is not a smooth, blended mix. It is, in fact, a collection of lumps. A Canton lump, a North Canton lump, a Jackson Township lump, a Plain Township lump, a Massillon lump, a Tuscarawas Township lump, an East Canton lump, an Osnaburg Township lump and on and on goes the list.
Witness the piece appearing in The Repository yesterday about the Canton, Jackson and North Canton battle over annexation (now you can add Plain Township to the mix) which summarizes the fragmentation in Stark over the annexation issue, to wit:
CANTONAdd on to this annexation fight (and its 99 year protection for Jackson Township) the 9-1-1 fuss, the - who pays for the cost of housing prisoners argument - and non9-1-1 consolidation resistance, among a myriad of issues; doesn't this amount as a sort of political leukemia that courses through the bloodstreams of Stark's local elected politicians?
Hopes to extend its borders to the Summit County line by annexing railroad property and an acre of land in Jackson Township. It hopes to generate additional tax dollars through economic agreements with Jackson.
Wants to block Canton by annexing land that includes the railroad property. But now says it’s willing to deal with Canton and Jackson, or swap water lines with Canton.
Agreed to work with Canton on the railroad annexation, but says that deal is exclusive. Plans to block North Canton’s annexation. Joined with Canton after nearly three years of talks with North Canton failed to produce a deal.
Ready to block North Canton’s annexation bid. Unhappy to hear reports of Canton and North Canton trading water lines to pave way for annexation in Plain.
Will Stark County communities ever get on Stark County Standard Time (SCST) or is going from Minerva to Uniontown going to continue to be like going from New York to Loa Angeles?