Marion Township supervisor candidates ready to serve

bmilazzo@centredaily.comOctober 27, 2013 

  • Jack Aberegg, 85

    Occupation: Retired manager in the limestone industry

    Political office: Marion Township supervisor

    Family: Wife, Norma Aberegg, and six children

    Archie Gettig, 58

    Occupation: Retired from the Department of Transportation

    Education: 1973 graduate of Bellefonte Area High School and attended Centre County Vocational Technical School for three years

    Political office held: Marion Township supervisor, head roadmaster

    Family: Married with no children.

Marion Township Supervisor Jack Aberegg wants to maintain the township as a rural community while enhancing its qualities. He is running as a Republican against Archie Gettig, who held the position from 1984 to 2009.

Aberegg has served as township supervisor for six years and is now board vice chairman. He’s running again to work with residents on improving the community, he said.

“I think we’ve done a good job meeting the needs of the community,” Aberegg said. “They want it to stay rural, but they also want to create some other things. They’ve come to us with questions, and we do our best to answer their needs.”

During his time in office, numerous roads were repaved and the intersection at Sunset Drive and Hubler Ridge Road was rebuilt, Aberegg said. The township has been invested in improving the quality of roads, Aberegg said.

If re-elected, Aberegg said he will continue to give the township efficient road maintenance, especially during snowy months, and work at increasing activities at the Marion Township Park.

His plan includes balancing an annual budget that allows money to be put toward building soccer fields at the park. He did not say how much that would cost.

Aberegg said he has been a township resident for about 12 years, since moving back to the area from Florida to be closer to family. Before he lived in the South briefly, he said, he resided in several places in the Nittany Valley region while he worked in the limestone industry until 2000.

Aberegg was a plant manager at the Bellefonte Lime Co. quarry and at Graymont’s plant in Pleasant Gap. He was also the general manger of GenLime Group in Toledo, Ohio, he said.

“I’m good at managing; that’s kind of my forte,” he said. “I know the area, know the people and will do my best to give back.”

Gettig, running as a Democrat, said that after taking the last term off, he’s ready to serve the township again and help address residential concerns.

“I retired recently, and always liked working down there and working with the public and giving back,” Gettig said. “My goal is to keep the integrity of the township and serve the people.”

Maintaining the roads in the township, especially during the winter, is a priority, Gettig said.

When it comes to zoning regulations, Gettig said he thinks no changes need to be made. He added that the township works with Spring and Walker townships when it comes to maintaining roads, including a portion of Nittany Ridge Road.

“It’s a little bit of a team effort,” he said. “There are some roads that other townships help us clean up during the winter. My concern is keeping up the roads and listening to residents’ concerns. I think zoning regulations are OK. I think the township is always on top of that and (has) worked with Spring and Walker (townships) on a comprehensive plan. They help us and we help them.”

Gettig said he believes his experience as supervisor makes him a prime candidate for the position.

“I dealt with a lot of special interest groups and residential concerns, especially,” he said, explaining that he was a big part of the discussion about the expansions of interstates 99 and 80.

He also helped get a $2,000 grant from Rep. Mike Hanna to start building a pavilion at the Marion Township Park.

“I’m someone familiar with the area and hope to serve the residents the best I can,” Gettig said.

Gettig, a lifelong Marion Township resident, worked for the Department of Transportation as an equipment operator and foreman for 35 years. He also served as chairman and vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and was head roadmaster for eight years.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @ M11azzo.

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