They care New faces at borough hall excited about Lititz’s future
STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff
, Staff Writer
A vibrant Lititz community will head into 2014 with a new mayor and two new council members.
Tim Snyder may be new to the mayor’s seat, but he’s no stranger to council chambers. He is a former councilman and a past president.
And while Cory Van Brookhoven and Chris Sensenich may be political rookies, they’re heavily involved in community activities. Van Brookhoven is president of the Lititz Historical Foundation and Sensenich is a downtown business owner.
The Record Express prepared a few questions for these 2014 cast members. Sensenich was out of town last week and unable to respond in time for this week’s issue, so we will share her thoughts on the future of Lititz in next week’s edition. Meanwhile, we offer this brief journey into the minds of Tim and Cory.
Snyder, 65 years young, has a B.S. and M. Ed. in health and physical education. He is the owner of TS Sales, Inc., and a partner with H & S Food Distributors, Inc. He is also a member of Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, LLC. He is married to Stephanie, and they have two daughters, Kirsten Snyder and Brita Jenquin, who both reside in Baltimore. They have two grandchildren. He has been a member of the Lititz Jaycees and Lititz Ambucs, and served nine years as a Lititz Borough councilman (four as president).
Van Brookhoven is a Lititz native and lifelong resident, and is also a third-generation Lititz historian. He has a B.S. degree in telecommunications from Kutztown University, and he is the author of three books. He just finished a fourth book in collaboration with several Lititz Historical Foundation board members and the Lititz Moravian Archives Committee. He is a freelance history features writer for the Lititz Record Express and serves on the borough’s Historic Area Advisory Committee (until Dec. 31). He has been a board member of the Lititz Historical Foundation since 2008, and became president Jan. 1 of this year. He is editor of their quarterly newsletter, was a volunteer for 2013 Fourth of July Task Force Committee, and a volunteer for Venture Lititz.
Why do you want to
serve in this elected position?
Cory: I love my community and also love to give back to it. I want to serve because I feel I have some great ideas and enthusiasm to make this community even greater.
Tim: I wish to serve as mayor to be able to help promote Lititz.
What is the most important issue facing Lititz as we head into 2014, and what can you do to impact its outcome?
Cory: I would say that the biggest challenge is traffic, and the recent re-routing issue.
Tim: The most important issue facing Lititz, in my opinion, as we head into 2014 is to keep the current enthusiasm, creativity and motivation of Lititz residents and businesses that they have shown in 2013.
Lititz has changed considerably in recent years in regard to the downtown landscape, increased tourism, local pride, etc. What is your assessment of the changes, the direction Lititz is heading, and your hope for future progress?
Cory: I think it is wonderful. We need to adapt, evolve and change with the times and current trends to remain a vibrant town. There is a fine balance between being trendy yet old-fashioned, and I think we do a good job of balancing the two. Visitors want a destination that has everything – good food, beautiful scenery, great history, and things to do. 2013 was an OUTSTANDING year for Lititz. How do we continue this momentum for 2014 and beyond?
Tim: Lititz has become a dynamic small town through an accessible local government, good forward thinking by government, business and civic leaders. I have faith that when the entire community participates, good things will happen.
If you could change one thing about Lititz, what would it be, and how would you change it?
Cory: I’d like to see more of the shops being open later and during evening hours, and extended or open hours on Sundays. Strength in numbers.
If you could add one new attraction to the borough, what would it be and how would it improve the community?
Cory: How about adding an art gallery or independent movie house? Both would be great! These are two just off the top of my head. Would also love to see a "mom and pop" store come back to downtown selling items like penny candy, produce, magazines/newspapers, grocery items, etc. etc. How neat would that be?
What is your favorite local tradition or event, and why?
Cory: Absolutely, the annual Fourth of July celebration.
Tim: My favorite local tradition is the Fourth of July Parade and Fourth of July in the Park.
Regarding local politics, Republicans have dominated Lititz elections for many years. Is the lack of representation from other political parties good or bad for Lititz? Does it have a negative impact on voter turnout, or do you think it makes some residents feel disenfranchised?
Cory: I am sure it has a negative impact on voter turnout. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Democrats run (and win) in the not-so-distant future.
How important is political affiliation on the local level, and if we’re electing people/neighbors more so than Republicans or Democrats, why have political parties at all?
Tim: Regarding local politics, I encourage everyone who is interested in politics, no matter what party, to become involved. I’ve found that on the local level, your political views are overshadowed by the desire to do what’s best for the community and for those people seeking help from local government.
What did you do (will you be doing) on Election Day?
Cory: I’ll be voting, of course! I plan to keep my eye on the incoming numbers throughout the day. Also, if all goes well, I plan to celebrate at a local pub Tuesday evening!
Tim: I’m working on Election Day.
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