When Celeste DeHoff decided not run for Tuscarawas Township trustee, it was a good thing for township residents.
When Tuscarawas Township voters opted not to return Dean Green to office, it was a good thing for township residents.
Under DeHoff, Green and Speicher, Tuscarawas Township found itself in one fight after another, after another.
Tuscarawas Township now appears to be settling down. According to several reports by the Massillon Independent's Gregg Kohntopp (January 13th and 29th) the new board with newly elected trustees Hemperly and Hollinger and holdover Speicher are on their way to restoring Tuscarawas Township government to civility and stability.
One of the festering sores has been the way the former board handled the volatile "disagreement" between Teamster Union workers William Faber and Jerry Knerr back in the fall of 2006. The old board fired the two and the pair's fight for redress has gone on for well over three years now with the old board fighting them each step of the way.
Now the township seems to be on the verge of settling with the two which could result in their returning to work at the township.
The wife of Wiliam Faber had this to say about the state of affairs in Tuscarawas these days in an email to the SCPR:
We are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After 3 1/2 years we are in the process of negotiating a settlement. This new trustee board has had their hands full putting out the fires the previous board made. Meetings are truly enjoyable to attend and the atmosphere is totally different.
Tuscarawas joins Marlboro Township (which also had a turnover of 2 of the 3 trustees) to extricate themselves from turbulence and turmoil.