Two Porter Twp. positions in contention


SUNBURY — Two races will be contested in Porter Township, in the northeast corner of the county, for the November election.

Voters in two precincts will decide whether to vote for incumbent trustee Bob Ryan or opponent Duane Yoder. The full four-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2024.

The trustees meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 12826 McKay St., Sunbury. The other trustees are Eddy Ambrose (chair) and Matthew Isganitis. Trustees are elected in the odd-numbered years.

In the other race, incumbent Fiscal Officer Mark Mazzon, who has also served on the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission, is up against Daniel Dimitroff of Sunbury. The four-year term will commence on April 1, 2024.

Other township officials include Zoning Commission members Barry Bennet, Andrew Campbell, Bruce Hofer, Jim Sherman and Bill Zieber; Board of Zoning Appeals members Don Caudy (Chair), John Dible, Mike McIntee, Dick Morgan, Shawn Robinson, and alternates Al Blythe and Bill Newton; Zoning Inspector Paul Reida; and Zoning Appeals Secretary Jennifer Glassmire.

Porter’s Zoning Commission meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.; and the BZA meets the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. as needed.

Porter Township has an area of 25.4 square miles, said Wikipedia. It is bordered by townships in four counties: Berkshire, Kingston and Trenton in Delaware County; Hilliar in Knox County; Hartford in Licking County; and Bennington, Peru and South Bloomfield in Morrow County.

Porter’s population in 2020 was 2,194. It will mark its bicentennial in July 2027.

Those who have driven through Porter Township knows that it includes the small villages of Olive Green and East Liberty. It may also be best-known for having the only remaining covered bridge in Delaware County.

“This year, our road projects have been plentiful and mostly complete as of July 19th, 2023,” said the township website. “Trimmer Road, Lane Road, and Washington Street are complete. McKay Street received grader paving and will receive chip seal next year. Porter Central Road north of State Route 656 and south of Olive Green Road will be repaved this year. Please let one of your Trustees know if you see or have any other road issues that need addressed.”

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Assistant Editor Gary Budzak covers the eastern half of Delaware County and surrounding areas. He may be reached at [email protected].

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