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Judge appoints former mayor to trustee board

By Doug Page - Staff Writer

A Greene County judge has appointed a former Beavercreek mayor as the swing vote on the three-person Beavercreek Board of Trustees.

Candy Prystaloski fills the seat of former trustee Bob Glasser, who resigned Jan. 1 following his election as a county commissioner.

Trustees Carol Graff and Dan Paxson had 30 days to appoint a replacement from the 17 resumes submitted by residents interested in the job. Both Graff and Paxson have said they seldom see eye-to-eye on many issues facing the township, which includes the city. They were unable to agree on an appointment so it passed to Probate Judge Robert Hagler.

Prystaloski was not among those who expressed interest to the trustees.

Family and health issues kept her from applying, she said. “I applied directly to the judge, and he interviewed all the applicants,” Prystaloski said.

Paxson said he was not surprised by the appointment.

“I’d heard her name mention, but didn’t see her resume,” he said. “The judge did mention there might be people who might put their names in who hadn’t been part of our process.”

Graff — who had served with Prystaloski on the City Council and city Planning Commission in the 1980s and 1990s — said she knew Prystaloski was interested in the job. The judge called me to say that he was adding her to the list,”she said.

“I’m not afraid to get things done,” Prystaloski said, pointing to her experience as mayor, vice mayor and chair of the county Children’s Services Board.

Graff and Prystaloski were colleagues on the City Council in the late 1980s, early 1990s.

“I’ve seen the growth of the township since the 1950s when I was a child,” Prystaloski said. “As mayor and vice mayor, I had a lot of interaction with the township. There was a fabulous city-township relationship.”

Last year, however, the city attempted to annex 118 acres from the township — all but 5 acres is owned by Greene County or the township, including township fire administration building and a multi-million dollar firehouse. The township was not notified until the annexation, which must be approved by the county commissioners, was filed. The commissioners have not acted on the annexation. A motion to approve the annexation died for lack of a second in January. The City Council has approved legal action to force the commissioners to make a decision. If the commissioners reject the annexation, the city can appeal that decision. Until the commissioners take action, however, the annexation remains in limbo.

The city has yet to file the necessary paperwork with the Common Pleas court.

“I know it (the relationship) is strained right now, but there is always give and take,” Prystaloski said. “My allegiance is to the people of the township.”

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