When Tom Plitt moved to Garden Spot Village in September 2003 the relationship between Earl Township and Garden Spot Village could have been better. Although Garden Spot Village is situated in the township, there was a perception that the residents were not a vital part of the larger community.
With experience working with the sewer authority in his previous community in Downingtown, Tom began to explore running for township supervisor. He lost his first election but was elected township supervisor in November 2011 and re-elected to a second six-year term in November 2017. He devotes about 12 hours a week to his work as township supervisor.
Tom says, “I am honored that I can contribute to this part of Lancaster County. The support I got from Garden Spot and the voters here was overwhelming.”
His involvement in Earl Township also contributed to the blending of Garden Spot Village into the greater Earl Township community. He says, “The negative attitude of some of the residents outside of Garden Spot has almost dissipated. We are now considered a vital part of the Earl Township family.”
As one of three township supervisors, Tom helps to keep Earl Township running smoothly. Supervisors address sewage, electric, snow removal and permit problems, find solutions to various other concerns and maintain a budget.
Although 70 percent of the township is agricultural, Tom and the other supervisors apply forward thinking to zoning and business development, working to maximize the productivity of the township while maintaining the small town charm the citizens of Earl Township enjoy.
An example of forward thinking plays out in the new, state-of-the-art sewage plant slated to open September 2018. This facility will create the infrastructure needed for future expansion in the township. Tom happily reports the plant will be built without an increase in taxes or monthly sewage costs.
Tom always votes for what he believes is best for the township. He says, “We represent the people and their money and we take that very seriously. This year, with our budget, we were able to reduce the millage from 1.25 to .977, resulting in a tax break for our residents.”
When he’s not responding to township residents and troubleshooting township challenges Tom enjoys golfing, fly fishing, working on projects in the Garden Spot Village Woodshop and trap shooting at the local gun clubs where he has memberships.
He and his wife Joan also enjoy traveling and spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition, Tom loves the game of baseball. Over the course of his life, he enjoyed playing and coaching baseball for 60 years. In the spring of 2007 Tom volunteered to serve as assistant coach for the Garden Spot High School junior varsity baseball team. After a 10-year run he finally retired from coaching in the spring of 2017.
Tom says, “I truly felt I was giving something back to the kids and community. It was enjoyable.”
In conclusion, Tom says, “This part of Lancaster County is very unique. I feel very, very blessed to be living at Garden Spot Village.”