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Humphries readily accepted the challenge.
Humphries said the Chamber has not settled on a special plan for county government, but he said currently, Trumbull County is a statuatory government with 11 independently elected officials and no one person is in charge. He said having a unified executive would increase accountability.
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''Perhaps we need to sit down and refresh the commissioner about what we've achieved, which I would be glad to do,'' Humphries said.
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''They've been very unsuccessful bringing business here. They say they are retaining business. Then why are these companies leaving?''
''They were supposed to come to commissioners and say you have a business in trouble'' so action could be taken, Heltzel said.
A committee headed by former Niles City Council President Fremont Camerino is drafting a proposed charter, and it should be ready by the end of March, when the Chamber will circulate petitions to put the issue on the November ballot.
Heltzel and Commissioner Frank Fuda, who was in the audience, used the platform to criticize the Chamber's job retention program and its economic development efforts.
Fuda said, ''We left it to the chamber to do Omega Watch Golden Temple economic development. They didn't succeed. Now we have to take it out of their hands.
A candidate for re election, the commissioner made his remarks Monday night during a meet the candidates night sponsored by the Trumbull County Federated Democratic Women's Club at the Warren YWCA.
Heltzel said the Chamber is holding charter government out as a panacea, ''but they don't say why.'' He said the plan would replace elected officials with appointed officials.
Commissioner Paul Heltzel called for debate on the Regional Chamber proposal to replace commissioners with a charter form of county government.
In a telephone interview after following the remarks, Humphries replied that the Chamber led the effort to bring in Leeds World, ''the last large ribbon cutting this county had.''
As for job retention efforts, Humphries listed successes at the General Motors Corp. Lordstown Complex, at Delphi and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
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Saying he doubted there was anything commissioners could have done to save the Indalex plant, he added, ''We have been doing our job as far as economic development is concerned.''
the closing of the Indalex plant in Girard.
By STEPHEN ORAVECZChallenging the Regional Chamber's performance on economic development issues, a Trumbull County commissioner Monday questioned whether the group's county charter proposal really is an improvement.
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Meanwhile, Chamber representatives have been talking to various local groups about the plan. Heltzel said those talks have been critical of the county and prompted him to speak out.
Fuda said the county is starting its own economic development plans.
''I recall quite vividly Commissioner Heltzel was there to cut the ribbon,'' Humphries said.
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