Trustees: Pam Sayre, Gary Dever, Ron Williams
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Asst. to Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Clark
Call meeting to order: Chair Dever called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: Chair Dever led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.
Minutes of meetings held March 16 , 2009:
Minutes will be presented for review at the meeting to be held in May.
Bills were presented for payment. Trustee Sayre moved to approve payment of the bills seconded by Trustee Williams. Action to pay bills was approved unanimously. The March bank statement report was presented with receipts for the month at $623,579.96 and expenses at $6,963.15 resulting in a bank balance of $1,985,759.73. Trustee Williams moved to approve the bank statement report seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion was approved unanimously.
Norwich Fire Department Report:
Robert Kauffman, Assist. Fire Chief reported a summary of medical runs for the month of March for a total of 8 runs with 6 resulting in ambulance transfers to hospitals.
Franklin County Sheriff Report:
Franklin County Sheriff deputies reported a door was kicked in at a residence at Amity and Dellinger when no one was home. It resulted in minor theft and damage. There were no other criminal incidents reported. Trustee Dever asked if the audience had any questions for the officers.
A member of the audience requested the outcome of the survey that was inserted within the Spring 2009 Brown Township newsletter.
The Trustees reviewed all surveys received and Trustee Williams reported the following results:
Brown Township Sheriff Questionnaire April 2009
Based on the above results, the Trustees took no further actions upon this matter.
Chuck Buck, Norwich Township Trustee:
Trustee Buck requested to address the Trustees and residents of Brown Township to discuss the future costs of fire and medical services for Norwich Township. He shared the concerns of the Trustees of predicted deficient spending in the future and briefly discussed possible implementation of billing for medical transport services to attempt to delay a levy requesting increases of taxes. Trustee Buck made it very clear this matter is in the very early stages of development but wanted to inform us before reports were printed in the newspaper. He assured the Trustees as discussions and information develop, Norwich Trustees will keep them informed.
Metro Parks, Steven Studenmund
Mr. Studenmund requested to speak before the community members of Brown Township to discuss the reasons for Issue 1 that is requesting 0.75 mil levy on the May 5th election.
Information was distributed and he requested everyone to vote on May 5th.
Elizabeth Clark, Asst. to Board of Trustees, Report:
Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel
The Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel met on April 14 and heard informational presentations from John O’Meara on the Metro Parks levy on the May 5 ballot and from OEPA’s Dan Dudley on the 208 Plan for the Big Darby Accord area. No development review cases were scheduled.
Big Darby Accord Revenue
The Franklin County Commissioners approved the Big Darby Accord Revenue Program at the April 14 meeting. It is expected that Columbus City Council will consider it on April 20.
Town Center Master Plan
The Franklin County Commissioners approved the Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan participation agreement and consultant selection at the April 14 meeting. Columbus City Council is expected to consider that item at the April 20 meeting.
Utilities Without Annexation
The Franklin County Commissioners approved two contracts with the City of Columbus to provide centralized sewer and water services without annexation to a portion of Prairie Township. These contracts are expected to be a model for similar contracts to provide centralized sewer and water services without annexation to the Town Center. Columbus City Council is expected to consider the issue at the April 20 meeting.
Hilliard Comprehensive Plan Update
The City of Hilliard has hired a team of consultants to assist with update of the Comprehensive Plan. I attended the kick-off meeting on March 18 and Trustees Dever, Sayre, and Williams and I attended the West Subarea public meeting on April 15. The subarea meeting was devoted to groups of attendees working with facilitators to answer a set of structured questions on wants and desires for the long-term future of Hilliard. The west subarea meeting had by far the largest attendance of the three subarea meetings, according to one of the consultants.
Trustee Sayre and I met with new Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady on April 2 at the Firehouse to welcome him to office and discuss items of mutual interest to the commissioners and to Brown Township. Commissioner O’Grady grew up in Brown Township.
Big Darby Accord Working Group
The Big Darby Accord Working Group met on March 25 and heard reports on various implementation activities.
Conservation Development Zoning
The conservation development zoning regulation stakeholders group continues to meet to review the regulation one section at a time with the objective of having a consensus regulation ready for adoption by summer.
Alternative Wastewater Treatment Systems
I, along with representatives of Prairie Township and Franklin County, met with representatives of the Building Industry Association and MORPC to develop a strategy to advance the alternative wastewater treatment systems to serve future conservation developments. BIA engineers with experience in such systems are developing a scope of work for the infrastructure planning needed. The group will meet again on May 7 to review the scope and determine next steps.
Open Space Advisory Council
The Open Space Advisory Council met on March 31 and approved by-laws and the first annual summary and heard presentations on several ongoing stream restoration projects in the Big Darby Accord area. The Darby Creek Association representative attended his first meeting.
MORPC Sustainable Development Group
I attended the second meeting of MORPC’s Sustainable Development Group on April 16. The group is working to prepare tools to assist local communities in facilitating sustainable development.
|Big Darby Accord Working Group, April 22, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St.|
|Conservation Development Stakeholders Group, May 7, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St.|
|Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel, May 12, 1:30 p.m., 373 S. High St.|
|Open Space Advisory Council Leadership Group, May 14, 4 p.m., MORPC |
An audience member asked if the Trustees were aware of any plans for Franklin County Engineers to clean out the ditches in the township. Trustee Dever commented he was not aware of any plans to do so.
Harold Jerman stated he opposed township funds being used to support efforts involving the Town Center. He stated he did not think the township would receive any benefits if and when the center is completed. Trustee Dever explained preliminary plans indicate commercial and retail properties to be located within the township resulting in potential increased revenues.
Trustee Sayre presented a letter dated November 11, 2008 from Leslie and Charles Zang in support of a Noise Ordinance in Brown Township. The Trustees reviewed the letter and it was determined the issue has been tabled with no further discussions at this time.
Fiscal Officer Bloxam reported the 2009 Permanent Appropriations was accepted and passed by Franklin County Budget Commission.
Fiscal Officer Bloxam reported the post audit report date has not been established by the State Auditors office at this time.
Fiscal Officer Bloxam presented information regarding the services and cost of using ADP for payroll and tax services and ask for their review. The Trustees agreed and a meeting will be held April 27, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. to vote on this issue.
Trustees Williams and Dever inspected the township roads for any needed repairs in 2009. They reported Spicewood Ct. and the adjoining Cole Rd., Golfview Ct. and Old Walker Rd. is in need of crack fill and possible slurry seal. Langton Rd. is possibly in need of tar and chip repair. Trustee Williams will follow up with quotes to determine projected costs for these projects.
With no further business, Trustee Williams made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Trustee Sayre. The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 p.m. after a unanimous approval vote.