Trustees: Chair Pam Sayre, Ron Williams, Gary Dever
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Asst. to Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Clark
Call meeting to order: Chair Williams called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: Chair Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.
Minutes of meeting held 1/15/2008:
The minutes were not completed and will be presented at the meeting held March 18, 2008 for review and approval at the request of Fiscal Officer Barb Bloxam.
Bills were presented for payment in the amount of $15,887.64. Trustee Dever moved to approve payment of the bills seconded by Trustee Williams. Action to pay bills approved unanimously.
January, 2007 bank reconciliation was presented reporting a balance of $1,666,825.56.
Reported by Elizabeth Clark, Asst. to Board of Trustees:
Town Center Master Plan
Twelve proposals were received in response to the Town Center Master Plan Request for Proposals. The client group met on February 4 to develop a short list of consultants for interview. The short-listed consultants are, in no particular order, McKenna Associates, Goody Clancy/ACP Visioning and Planning, MSI, and Urban Design Associates. Public presentations by the consultant teams will be held at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Drive, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. The client group will meet on February 27 for individual interviews with the consultant teams.
Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel
The February 12 Panel meeting was cancelled. Revisions to the checklist will be considered at the March 11 meeting. The Langton Road soccer fields proposal may also be on the agenda.
The February 12 County Commissioners zoning hearing on proposed stream setback regulations was cancelled. The proposed regulations will be heard on March 11 at 10 a.m. at 373 S. High St., 26th Floor. The Zoning Group will meet on February 20 to begin consideration of conservation development regulations.
Open Space Advisory Council
The first meeting of the Open Space Advisory Council will be held March 25 at the offices of Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. MORPC is providing staffing and management services for the Council at the request of the Big Darby Accord Working Group. Invitations to the meeting have been extended to the six adopting jurisdictions, the American Farmland Trust, Building Industry Association of Central Ohio, National Resource Conservation Service, OSU Extension, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Metro Parks, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, and The Nature Conservancy. To the four jurisdictions yet to adopt the Accord, letters were sent announcing the formation of the Council. Seats on the Council will be available to those jurisdictions upon adoption of the Accord.
An application was filed with Franklin County on January 30 for a proposed 16-soccer field athletic facility at 7380 Scioto-Darby Creek Road, spanning territory in Franklin County (Brown Township) and Madison County. The earliest the proposal could be heard at any of the recommending or decision-making bodies are on the following dates: Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel, March 11, Franklin County Planning Commission, April 9, Rural Zoning Commission, April 17, and Board of County Commissioners, May 13. These dates are not confirmed hearing dates for this proposal. The proposal is to rezone 75 acres from the Rural District to the Exceptional Use District for use by the Mid-Ohio Select Soccer League (MOSSL) for its youth programs.
A meeting was held on February 7 among the applicant’s representatives and representatives of Franklin and Madison counties to determine the scope of a required traffic impact study.
The township will host a meeting of representatives of MOSSL with interested residents at 7 p.m. on March 5 in the upstairs meeting at the Brown Township Firehouse.
Franklin County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Advisory Council
At Trustee Williams’ request, I attended the annual meeting of the Advisory Council to the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Updates were provided on a search for a new executive director, jurisdictional representation in an emergency, the Citizen Emergency Response Team, and preparations for an avian flu pandemic. Two new members of the Executive Committee were elected by the Advisory Council. Grove City and Obetz will join Pleasant Township, Gahanna, and Dublin in representing the jurisdictions. Handouts and notes are available in the work room.
Big Darby Accord Working Group
The Big Darby Accord Working Group met on January 23 and heard reports from the other committees.
Sharon Doughty, of Rinehart, Walters, Danner Insurance agency, presented property and liability coverage insurance quotes to be in effect from 2/28/2008 thru 2/28/2009. She explained the coverage and cost of each policy. After discussions and questions regarding various conditions that may occur, Trustee Dever made a motion to accept The Ohio Plan Advantage coverage at a final cost of $6,131.00. Trustee Williams seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Trustee Dever reported meeting and obtaining a quote from Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling to add heat pumps to the existing propane furnaces. The projected cost is $13,000.00. Discussions were held between the trustees regarding added efficiency and the need to update the 10 year old heating/cooling system. Trustee Dever made a motion to accept the bid and begin installation. The motion was seconded by Trustee Williams and pass unanimously.
The Board of Health inspected the septic systems and all systems passed inspections.
Temporary appropriations were reviewed. Trustee Williams made a motion to accept the temporary appropriation report. Trustee Dever seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
An ODNR representative from Priarie Oaks reported an increase of approx 100,000 visitors at the park from 2006 to 2007.
Beaver Lake is now open and can be accessed from Lucas Rd.
There are two dry hydrants in place at Beaver and Darby Bend Lakes.
With no further business, Trustee Dever motioned to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Trustee Williams. The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m. following a unanimous vote.