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Polivka has earned re-election as commissioner in Trumbull

Published: Sat, October 13, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

With two terms in office under his belt, Trumbull County Commission Dan Polivka has a record of accomplishments — in partnership with his two colleagues, of course — that is noteworthy.

From consolidation of the 911 emergency telephone service, to the installation of sanitary sewers, to balancing the operating budget without laying off employees, it’s a record that bespeaks an officeholder who through his many years as an elected official has learned that constituency service is the first priority.

Taxpayers may be impressed with grandiose projects, but what they want from government most of all is solutions to problems that affect the quality of their lives.

Thus, when Polivka, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 6 to a third four-year term, says that he and his colleagues, commissioners Paul Heltzel and Frank Fuda, have overseen the installation of more sewers than at any time in the history of Trumbull County, he’s saying that a long existing problem is finally being addressed. The work completed carries a price tag of $32.7 million, while there’s another $18 million under construction. More than 2,700 homes have been helped.

As for the 911 consolidation, the savings to taxpayers will top $3 million.

With the budget, Polivka told The Vindicator’s editorial board that the commissioners follow simple rules: negotiate everything; save a buck whenever you can; question lots of things; and, keep a tight rein on spending.

“The commissioners work very well together,” the former member of Warren City Council said. “That’s why we’ve accomplished so much.” He acknowledged that he is the “young guy on the totem pole,” and has learned and taken direction from Heltzel.

His strength is his business and construction background, while Heltzel, a former assistant county prosecutor, deals with the myriad legal issues. Fuda, a former school teacher and Niles city councilman, focuses on citizen outreach.

It’s obviously a winning combination, as evidenced by progress being made in Trumbull County.

Polivka, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican John Hull of Hubbard, a former Youngstown police officer.

While Hull seems well-intentioned, his decision to seek one of the top jobs in county government while not having run for elected office before seems to us to be ill-advised.

He charges that there is no accountability in government, but did not provide any specifics when he met with The Vindicator’s editorial board. Likewise, he said there is “wasteful spending,” but again was hard-pressed to provide specific examples.

Pro forma sessions?

He also charged that the meetings of the board of commissioners were nothing more than pro forma sessions because “they’ve already had meetings.” Hull had no response when it was pointed out that the commissioners hold workshop sessions prior to their meetings that are open to the public.

Every elected official seeking another term is vulnerable, but a challenger must be able to clearly articulate why he or she is more qualified, more experienced and more prepared for the job than the incumbent.

Hull did not make a persuasive case for his candidacy.

Polivka has a record that should be rewarded. The Vindicator endorses his re-election.


1jmhullii(2 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I suspected going in and knew coming out of the interview that I wasn't getting the endorsement, but I at least expected honest reporting, especially considering the interview was recorded.

The Trib didn't endorse me either, but at least they reported accurately. I can respect that.


I told the editorial staff that the county is wasting money due to obstructing the court consolidation and now housing the 2 separate part time courts in one building.

I told them that the Port Authority and Tourism bureau are other areas where spending is unnecessary that the Chamber of Commerce and various civic organizations could do this cheaper, faster and better.

They asked me about the commissioners meeting and I said it was a formality because everything was already predetermined. I was the one that first mentioned the word workshop during this conversation.

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2jmhullii(2 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

You can go to my website https://JohnHull2012.com to see where I stand on many issues or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/JohnHull4Com... or call me 330-534-3581 if you would like to discuss matters.

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3eagleye(59 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Polivka's and the other morons in Warren will successfully waste about $250,000 in the near future by delaying the consolidation of the courts. It could be $1.5 million over the next several years. I also have believed for quite a while that money is being blown by the airport authority in the salary of the individual they hired for promotion of the facility. It's a joke. I read her "accomplishments" and they are laughable. The Chamber of Commerce could in fact do the job better and at less cost. Polivka is a buffoon and practices blantant nepotism in hiring his mother, and later trying to get her promoted. There was no advertising for the job so the public could apply. His comment was that his mother was qualified. Maybe 200 other people in the country were better qualifed, but by hiring family members, no one would ever know, would they? Same goes for the crooks at the country engineer's office. That was an incestuous little den too with half the folks related to each other. The Trumbull Country government needs a house cleaning and fumigation from top to bottom. The Health Department is another place of Nazi in-bred actions. Start with Dr. Enyeart and his lawyer daughter. It's pathetic and the people deserve and need better. I'm supporting John Hull and encourage everyone else to do so. Of course, since the Vindicator never really digs into any controversial areas or does any investigative reporting, nothing will come to light unless there's actually an unbiased, independent investigation. Here's hoping. The past record of leadership is a good example of dirtbag leadership. Jim Tsagaris is a place to start and then follow the stench through the organizational chart.

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