Trustees: Chair Ron Williams, Gary Dever, Pamela Sayre
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Executive Asst. to Board of Trustees: Beth Clark
Call meeting to order: Due to the absence of Chair Williams, Trustee Sayre called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.
Pledge of Allegiance: Trustee Sayre led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.
Minutes of meeting held 7/9/2007:
Minutes were reviewed. Trustee Sayre moved to approve the minutes 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 approved unanimously.
Chair Williams arrived at 7:42 pm.
Big Darby Accord Revenue Generation
The revenue generation consultant participation agreement has been finalized for action by the jurisdictions. Brown Township’s share of the cost is $1,666.67 (8.3% of the total cost of $20,000). Participating jurisdictions are Brown, Prairie, and Pleasant townships, Hilliard, Columbus, Grove City, and Franklin County. Greg Stype, the consultant, will attend the next Revenue Generation Committee meeting on July 25 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall (following a 9 a.m. Big Darby Accord Working Group meeting). It would be helpful if each of you could email me or call me with questions that you want to have answered by the consultant.
Big Darby Accord Post-Construction Monitoring
Susan Ashbrook, the City of Columbus Environmental Steward, has distributed for comment a draft plan for conducting post-construction monitoring for new developments in the Big Darby Accord area. Comments are due by August 1. I have provided the draft plan and my comments to you via email and will submit them to the city with your concurrence. The draft plan calls for the applicant/developer to monitor stormwater outfalls and, using an experienced laboratory, to sample them twice each quarter, once during dry weather and once during wet weather, and to submit an annual report to the City of Columbus Storm Water and Regulatory Management Section. It is my view that the minimum qualifications of the companies doing the sampling need to be established in advance, that the results should be reported quarterly, that consequences be established for unacceptable results, and that the proposal be given a technical review by Ohio EPA, OSU, and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.
Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan
Representatives of the participating jurisdictions met with Jim Hartzler and Doug Plunkett, the consultants hired to prepare a request for proposals to select a consultant or team to prepare the Town Center Master Plan. The first step will be the conduct of several focus groups and interviews with stakeholders. Each of the participating jurisdictions has prepared a list of stakeholders who will be invited to attend one of the upcoming sessions. Focus groups are tentatively scheduled to occur on July 31, August 2, August 3, and August 8, with the first public meeting anticipated in late August. Those unable to attend a focus group are welcome to talk to the consultants by phone.
Big Darby Accord Zoning Group
The Zoning Group met on July 11, with the following items of note:
Big Darby Accord Open Space Advisory Committee
Movement toward a decision on how to handle the Open Space Advisory Committee is expected during the Big Darby Accord Working Group meeting on July 25, even though the meeting will be an abbreviated one (9 to 10 a.m. only). Participants will discuss a proposal from the Hellbranch Watershed Forum and consider other options.
NPDES Phase II Requirements
I met with Nora Hiland, Outreach Coordinator for the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, to clarify National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II requirements for townships. The NPDES is a part of the Clean Water Act and the Phase II portion applies to storm water management in rapidly developing areas. Several county agencies and 17 townships are participants in the permit to discharge from non-point sources and to use best management practices. Townships have responsibilities in three goal areas – public education/outreach, public involvement/participation, and good housekeeping and pollution prevention. Our next annual report on these activities is to be submitted in February. Township road superintendents typically take the lead in the good housekeeping and pollution prevention area. A meeting for road superintendents and trustees is scheduled for August 23 at 1 p.m. at Homestead Park. I brought back materials that can be duplicated and provided to groups using township facilities and/or placed on bulletin boards. Barb Bloxam has offered to handle distribution and posting.
A Brown Township resident updated the Trustees on the progress of gas line installation as a result of the construction of the high school. Another resident expressed her disappointment to see Brown Township dug up and trees removed. Trustee Dever explained it was necessary to install the water and sewer lines.
Discussions of increased traffic resulted in some residents committing to call agencies to hopefully have more signage or traffic lights installed at busy intersections. Resident safety is a concern.
Trustee Sayre moved to approve Resolution 723-07 for the appropriation for the Brown Townships’ portion of 8.3% ($1,660.00) of the projected $20,000 to jointly finance the costs written in the Big Darby Accord Revenue Generation Consultant contract. Trustee Dever seconded the motion. The motion carried with all Trustees voting Yea.
The Trustees volunteered to contact those on the Stakeholder list. All were assigned people to call and all committed to do so.
With no further business, Trustee Dever moved to adjourn and was seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned.