“Unique” is the word Trustee Bob Entenmann uses to describe the Washington Township he serves in Richland County. Sandwiched south of Mansfield and north of the villages of Lexington and Bellville — just at the crossroads of Interstate 71 and state Route 13 — Washington Township has an urban flare with a Walmart and subdivisions nearby, but also includes several rural areas as well. Entenmann is no stranger to annexation.
“We do have those times when we have the opportunity to work with many of the villages around us,” he says. “We do have annexation agreements with them, which allows us to work hand-in-hand with growth in the area.”
Bob says township trustees need to have an open mind and look toward the future. “We try to look at it from the standpoint of what is our goal five years from now, 10 years from now or even 20 years from now,” he says.
Entenmann believes membership with the Ohio Township Association is invaluable, especially the annual Winter Conference. “I have gleaned so much out of the seminars, workshops and being able to meet with other trustees at the convention,” he says.
Bob’s community involvement has included time as president of the Richland Township Association, as well serving with the Richland County Regional Planning Commission. Entenmann worked for Archway Cookies from 1965 until he retired in 2002. He and his wife, Kay, have been married for over 48 years, and have four children and seven grandchildren.