Trustees: Chair Ron Williams, Gary Dever, Pamela Sayre
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Executive Asst. to Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Clark
Call meeting to order: Chair Williams called the meeting to order.
Pledge of Allegiance: Chair Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.
Minutes of meeting held August 13, 2007
Minutes were reviewed. Trustee Williams pointed out the correct spelling of German to Jerman. Trustee Sayre pointed out a paragraph using the word “without” when the correct word should have been “with”. The corrections were so noted.
Trustee Sayre moved to approve the minutes as corrected seconded by Trustee Dever. Minutes were approved unanimously.
Payables were presented. Trustee Dever moved to approve payment of the bills and was seconded by Trustee Sayre. Motion to pay bills were approved unanimously.
Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan
Elizabeth Clark, Executive Assistant to the Trustees reported that the Town Center Master Plan RFP and consultant selection consultants will conduct a public meeting at 7 p.m. August 28 (tomorrow) at Westland High School. Several meetings between the client group and the consultants have been held to review the agenda and materials for the public meeting. The objectives of the meeting are to review input received at the recent focus groups and open house, to obtain additional input from attendees, and to begin the process of forming a small committee to assist with consultant selection. The Town Center Procurement Committee will be selected by mid-September.
Big Darby Accord Revenue-Raising
Elizabeth Clark, Executive Assistant to the Trustees reported that she met with Don Brosius to get background information and discuss his thoughts on the approach being taken on the issue of revenue-raising to implement the Big Darby Accord, including tax increment financing districts, new community authorities, and developer contributions. They agreed that all participants understand that some portion of the TIF revenue needs to remain with local jurisdictions for their use in providing services. Additionally, Don indicated he will resume his efforts (along with Nick Soulas of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office) to draft an annexation agreement which will bind jurisdictions to its provisions.
Elizabeth Clark, Executive Assistant to the Trustees reported that a meeting is being sought among township and county officials to discuss revenue issues of common concern. The next meeting of the revenue-raising group is scheduled for September 19.
NPDES Phase II Annual Meeting
Elizabeth Clark, Executive Assistant to the Trustees reported that the NPDES Phase II annual meeting was held at Homestead Park by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District for road superintendents and trustees. Attendance was down a little this year, probably because of the hot weather. Presentations were made on ways to minimize stormwater runoff and on the Franklin County Board of Health’s efforts to locate and remediate failing septic systems. Washington Township parks officials took attendees on a tour of two rain gardens constructed in Homestead Park.
Ms. Clark reported that Brown Township was asked to host next year’s annual meeting. A tour of rain gardens and other stormwater management techniques at the new high school could be part of the meeting. Trustee Sayre expressed her approval of the suggestion. Beth will follow up to assist with this request after a date has been determined.
Ms. Clark was asked if the public would have the ability to ask questions regarding the Big Darby Accord at the public meeting. She explained the objective of the meeting was to collect input rather than answer questions.
Trustee Dever reported the guard rail has been installed on Creek Rd and noted the need to trim trees in the area.
Trustee Williams noted a second request to fill holes on Morris Rd. caused by Franklin County surveying equipment was delivered to the engineer’s office.
Chair Williams reminded everyone at the meeting of the upcoming schedule change for the township meetings. For the months of September thru December a meeting will be held the second Monday at 7:30p.m. and the fourth Friday at 5:30p.m.
Trustee Dever asked Chair Williams to research the purchase of rock salt for the township softener.
Trustee Dever remarked the carpet in the township hall needed replaced before the November elections to be held at the facility. Fiscal Officer Bloxam offered to meet with a contractor for suggestions and cost.
Trustee Dever also noted the snow removal trucks and equipment should be serviced soon to avoid any breakdowns or delays of snow removal when the time comes.
With no further business, Trustee Sayre moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Trustee Dever. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.