2 veterans and newcomer seeking Fayette Trustee seats

Published 10:07 am Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SOUTH POINT — Two longtime Fayette Township Trustees and a political newcomer whose father once had the spot he seeks are vying for the two open seats on the board of trustees.

Perry Brock is going for his fifth time as a trustee, having already served 16 years in the post.

“I want to continue to help the people of Fayette Township,” Brock said. “We want to continue to blacktop and get more and more dilapidated houses that need to be cleaned up, the yards where people let them go to continue working on that.”

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Brock, who is owner of Brock Burial Vault, is serving his second term on the Ohio Township Association.

“I take a lot of issues to Columbus concerning the townships in Lawrence County,” he said. “That has been a real pleasure serving on the board. Lots of people in Columbus don’t know where Lawrence County is.”

Last week Brock received a governor’s appointment to the Sewage Treatment Technical Advisory Committee.

Both Brock and current trustee and candidate Mike Finley have pushed to get water lines to households on Macedonia Road hill.

On top of that Finley lists as one of his accomplishments already as trustee is a water line extension up Charlie Creek.

“We bought road equipment and have built another 110 by 20-foot building where we store our equipment there and gravel,” Finley said. “We got donated trusses for the building and got it done frugally. We have cut down on a lot of waste. We used to chip and seal with lesser quality of tar. Going to conventions in Columbus learned about another material. We use it now. It is great. Our roads last longer.”

Also during his tenure as trustee, the board bought a Bobcat, grader and dump trucks.

“I love working for the people,” said Finley, a contractor. “I really enjoy it and I think Fayette Township is a better place. I think I do a better job because I am street smart.”

Finley became a trustee in 2003 when he finished out the term of Terry Wise, who resigned and later ran to become fiscal officer. Now Wise’s son, Travis, wants to become a trustee.

The former union sheet metal workers is now a physical education teacher at South Point High School

“I quit my job (as a sheet metal worker) and finished my degree. This is the first time I have been able to take on an office,” Wise said. “I am available from 2:30 p.m. on. I just want to continue to be available to make sure the roads are up to date and the weeds are cut. My dad used to go at least once a month out in the county and drive every township road and see if something needs to be fixed or worked on. Don’t wait for someone to call you. You go ahead and fix the problem.”