Oct. 13—Two candidates will vie for one spot on the Earl Township Board of Supervisors.
Incumbent Republican Michael R. Marburger will face Democratic challenger John J. Groff. The winner will serve a six-year term as supervisor.
We asked the candidates to respond to two questions:
Question 1: Why do you believe you are the right person for this position?
Question 2: What are the most important issues facing the township right now, and how do you plan to address them?
Michael R. Marburger, 53.
Background: Marburger is a 1985 graduate of Boyertown High School who has owned and operated Dan's Deli for 28 years.
Response 1: I was a volunteer firefighter for Earl Township Volunteer Fire Company for 34 years having held various offices including chief for 14 years. I have currently been a township supervisor for 14 years and have operated a business in the township for 28 years.
Response 2: Earl Township is in the process of updating it's Act 537 on-lot sewage management plan as mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection.
The township is in the midst of a five-year study of pumping and inspecting on-lot systems to get the most accurate data. With this data the township can present plans to DEP for future planning and hopefully avoid any mandates that could be handed down to the township by DEP.
John J. Groff, 50.
Background: Groff is a wastewater laborer and equipment operator.
Response 1: I have been an Earl Township resident my whole life. For 20 years, I have worked for municipalities and was the roadmaster for Earl Township for seven years. Working for different municipalities you learn about the needs and wants of residents, but also learn the legal capacity of what a township can do for its residents. When I held my position of roadmaster for Earl Township I provided the best service I could within township authority for the residents and I'm ready to serve them again.
Response 2: The on-lot sewage management program is the most important issue right now and that the township stays in compliance with Department of Environmental Protection guidelines and regulations. Following these guidelines and regulations will be key to progressing with this management program and trying to do what is best for the township residents.