WAYNESFIELD — Six people are challenging for two open spots on Waynesfield Village Council at the Nov. 8 election.
One incumbent, Ronda Knox, is on the ballot with five newcomers. Councilor Chris Wilson opted not to run for another term.
James Caster, 42, 602 Morning Glory Drive, is a relatively new resident to the village, only living there a few years. However, he said he feels he has a lot to offer to the village.
“I had several people approach me and encourage me to run,” Caster said. I thought I should take them up on it and see what happens.”
Caster said the fact that he comes to the table as a fairly new resident means he has no personal agenda.
The fact he does not own a business in town provides him with a fresh and different outlook on things.
“My focus is more generally focused towards the entire community,” Caster said.
Caster said community safety and keeping an open ear would be a main focus if he is elected.
Caster is married to Wanda Caster. He and his wife have one grown child and three still at home.
He works at Exel Logistics in Lima.
Ronda Knox, 68, 305 N. Westminster St., has served 13 years on council and is seeking her third four-year term.
She said the village has been moving in a positive direction for the last several years and she decided to run again to ensure that direction is continued.
“I would like to continue serving and keep the village moving in the right direction,” Knox said.
Knox said she has lived in the village her whole life and that as a business, the residents have been good to her. She said focuses she has for the future of the village include electrical upgrades and sewer work, and obtaining grants to pay for the village’s various projects.
She and her husband, Bill Knox, have one grown son. She has lived in the community for 49 years and owns Style Beauty Shop in Waynesfield.
William Motter, 65, 106 Cook St., said he decided to run to help the village grow.
“I have always wanted to be in a position to be a leader,” Motter said. “One of the things I see is stagnant growth in the village. We need more industry.”
Motter said the fact that his wife worked as an auditor give him insight in helping out if he is elected.
“It gives me some knowledge,” Motter said. “Running a village is like running a small business.”
Motter said there has been a perception among village residents that it isn’t a good idea to approach council members for fear of repercussions.
He said he would like to change that.
Motter also said that safety has been neglected in the village a long time, and he would like to make things more safe.
He would like to reinstitute mayor’s court and tap into knowledgeable resources among the residents as top priorities. He also said he would like to go back to a Board of Public Affairs for managing the village’s affairs.
He is a lifelong resident of the village. He and his wife, Carolyn Motter, have two children. Motter is retired after working 28 years in a machine shop in Lima and 15 years as a worker ifor the village.
Nicole Weekly, 39, 313 S. Westminster St. recently moved back to the village six years ago and is a native of Waynesfield. She and her husband, Kenneth, have six children.
Weekly said she decided to run because she wanted to make the village a better place to live for her children.
“My main goal is to raise my children,” Weekly said. “I would like for my children to want to stay here long after we are gone. I believe the more people we have active, the better we will be.”
She said she will keep an open mind to the issues brought to her attention and to make herself available to the public.
“I will be open to the community whenever they have a concern,” Weekly said.
Weekly said she plans to focus on having more events that bring the community together. She would like to see get-togethers at the park and develop neighborhood watches to keep neighborhoods safer.
Richard Libby, 50, 101 Anthony Wayne Trail, recently moved to the village in 2008. He owns and operates IPS West in the village.
Libby said he has seen the positive infrastructure changes to the village the last few years. He bought the IPS plant in 2008.
“The addition of a village administrator has given us the ability to have someone devoting all their efforts to the village’s business on a full-time basis,” Libby said. “I decided to run because I was worried that there was an inclination by some to go back to a Board of Publc Affairs. Seeing what has been done, I didn’t think that was the answer.”
Libby said not being a native of the village will provide him with a different and fresh perspective.
“I offer an outside set of eyes without any personal ties,” Libby said. “I am going to act on what the majority of the village wants done.”
Libby believes that the village needs to continue the push to bring natural gas to the village and to work on bringing more business to town.
He and his wife have two grown children, one a 2011 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
Attempts to reach candidate Richard Hardin, of Waynesfield, were unsuccessful. Several attempts by telephone and at his residence were made.