Bath Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli kicks off the Bath.Ohio.com One Year Celebration series this week.
Sinopoli, a former Bath police officer, officially took on the role of Township Administrator last month. Now, in the early days of this position, he is giving us a glimpse into the goals he has set for himself while in this role.
Take a look at the vision he has not only for himself, but also the Township overall.
Q) Why were you drawn to the township administrator role when the position opened?
A) I’ve had the privilege to serve the community of Bath Township for the past 27 years as a police officer in both full and part-time capacities. I grew up in Bath and have family living in the township. My commitment of service to the township has been unwavering, and remains so. Through my work as a Bath police officer, I have come to know many of the residents and business operators in the township and have developed relationships with them over the years. I understand their needs and wanted the opportunity to meet those needs at a higher level, drawing on the broader range of skills and experience I possess as a business owner and attorney. The residents of the Bath community expect and deserve a top-notch level of service. I believe maintaining that level of service should be a priority. In addition, Bath residents are drawn to the township’s rural character. This is an appealing aspect of the community I intend to preserve. These and other aspects of the township make Bath a desirable place to live and work. I was also drawn to the opportunity of working more closely with the Trustees, the heads of our various township departments, and the township employees I’ve worked alongside for nearly three decades.
Q) What development, slated for 2013 are you most excited about?
A) The Bath Nature Preserve is the expected recipient of grant funding for construction of an observation deck extending onto Bath Pond. The Township has actively pursued grant funding for this project and it will be a great addition to the Nature Preserve. Additionally, the Township has applied for and hopes to receive grant funds through AMATS (Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) for a Connecting Communities Planning Grant. The Connecting Communities Planning Grant program is designed to provide communities with funding to develop transportation plans that will lead to the identification of projects eligible for AMATS funds. These plans examine the enhancement of neighborhoods by improving transportation connections and promoting alternative modes of transportation like walking, biking, and transit. The State Route 18 corridor is the area designated for this project. http://www.amatsplanning.org/programs/amats-planning-grant/
Q) As administrator, what goals do you have for the township in the next five years?
A) My primary goal as administrator is to provide the highest levels of service to Bath Township residents and businesses. Townships throughout Ohio have seen dramatic changes over the past few years in decreased funding from the state, and legislative changes, which have impacted estate tax collection. These, as well as other losses in revenue create challenges as to the manner in which our township operates and ultimately how services are delivered. Working closely with our Board of Trustees, the Township Fiscal Officer and our department heads, I’m confident our community is prepared for the challenges which lie ahead.