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   Brown Township
2491 Walker Rd.
   Hilliard, OH  43026
   (614) 876-2133
614) 876-2421
   Gary Dever, Trustee
   Pamela Sayre, Trustee
   Joe Martin, Trustee
   Greg Ruwe, Fiscal Officer

  (614) 527-6390

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   Held at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of
     each month in the upstairs meeting
     room of the Brown Township Firehouse
     at 2491 Walker Road, Hilliard, Ohio

Other meetings, when held, are advertised at least 24 hours in advance with time and location.

 By Franklin County [website]
Jun 15, 2009
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Big Darby Accord


In Attendance:
Trustees: Ron Williams, Gary Dever, Pam Sayre was absent
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Asst. to Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Clark

Call meeting to order: Trustee Dever called the meeting to order at 7:28 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: Trustee Dever led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.

Minutes of meetings held May 15, 2009
Minutes will be presented for review and approval. Prior to the meeting, Trustee Sayre requested additional information to be added under new business regarding the Big Darby Revenue Program and the Big Darby Accord master plan. Trustee Williams moved to approve the minutes with the additions. Trustee Dever seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

Fiscal Actions:
Bills were presented for payment in the amount of $17,304.15. Trustee Williams moved to approve payment of the bills seconded by Trustee Dever. Action to pay bills was approved unanimously. The May, 09 bank statement report was presented with receipts for the month at $16,823.58 and cleared expenses at $25817.63 resulting in a bank balance of $2,017,918.31.

Norwich Fire Department Report:
The May fuel use report was submitted for the period of 4/27/09 to 6/10/09.

Franklin County Sheriff Report:
There were no representatives present.

City of Columbus:
Trustee Dever introduced Erin Miller with the City of Columbus serving Mayor Coleman as the Environmental Steward.

The Trustees requested Erin to attend the meeting to introduce her and meet the Trustees. Erin succeeds the duties of Susan Ashbrook and shared the current policies and initiatives within the department will resume under her direction. She welcomed the Trustees and community to contact her for any assistance.

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security:
Trustee Dever introduced Matthew Keefe, Operations Manager and Jan Bartel, Fiscal Manager with the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Trustee Sayre requested their attendance regarding the damage incurred to the emergency warning siren located at Scioto-Darby Creek Rd. and Abbey Chase.

They reported the controller and amplifier had been burned by fire. The unit was found to be properly grounded and within all requirements of code. It is their opinion the fire was a result of a lightning strike. The unit will be sent for further inspection to determine the amount of damage and what will be required to repair or replace it. Results of the inspection will take several weeks and will be reported upon completion.

Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District:
Representatives from Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District attended the meeting to report stream mapping to locate potential point source pollution outlets to assist entities in NPDES Phase II compliance.

Concerns regarding areas of Davis Rd. and the Hardwoods housing development located off of Cole Rd. were discussed relating to outdated sewage aerator systems. They emphasized the need for public participation in good housekeeping and awareness of these issues. Discussions included public education articles to be included in the township newsletter and distribution of materials to community groups.

Elizabeth Clark, Asst. to Board of Trustees, Report:
Big Darby Accord Working Group

The Big Darby Accord Working Group met on May 19 and heard reports on implementation activities. The first-year Open Space Advisory Council report was distributed to members. Additionally, discussion was held about the need for agreements on how Big Darby Accord purposes money will be allocated. Additional discussions will be needed and an agreement prepared to memorialize decisions. BDAWG will meet every other month in the future.

Town Center Master Plan
Representatives of the four client group jurisdictions (Brown and Prairie townships, Columbus, and Franklin County) will meet on June 16 to review the proposed consultant’s revised scope of services. After consensus is reached on a scope, a contract will be signed, pursuant to authorizations contained in the participation agreement. Franklin County will act as fiscal agent and Lee Brown will serve as point person with the consultants. The client group will continue to make decisions by consensus.

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 later this year. The meeting schedule has been changed to the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m.

Alternative Wastewater Treatment Systems
The small working group (made up of representatives of Brown and Prairie townships, Franklin County, MORPC, and the Building Industry Association) will meet again on June 18 to develop a direction for the needed infrastructure planning for alternative wastewater treatment systems to serve conservation developments. A draft scope of services has been prepared.

Open Space Advisory Council
The Open Space Advisory Council meeting scheduled for May 21 was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. The agenda will be covered in the meeting scheduled for July 16. It will include a presentation by an Ohio EPA representative on the relationship of open space to achieving the TMDL (total maximum daily load requirements) and a first-year report by Franklin County on the stream setback regulations.

NPDES Stormwater Requirements
A good housekeeping audit for township facilities is due to the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District by June 27. Clinton Township’s Jack Wilson is the resources person on this issue.

Potential Development Project
The Franklin County Development Department has been contacted about a potential project involving a retail nursery on property on the south side of Scioto Darby Creek Road at the southern terminus of Elliott Road, a location designated on the Big Darby Accord General Land Use Plan for mixed-use development. No formal proposal has been submitted.

The summer newsletter is at the printer and should arrive in mailboxes by the first week in July.

Coming Events

bulletConservation Development Regulations Stakeholders Group, June 17, July 1, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St.
bulletMORPC Sustainable Development Group, June 18, 8:30 a.m., 111 Liberty St.
bulletBig Darby Accord Working Group, June 24, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St.
bulletOpen Space Advisory Council Leadership Group, July 9, 4 p.m., 111 Liberty St.
bulletOpen Space Advisory Council, July 16, 9 a.m., 111 Liberty St.

Audience Discussions:
An audience member asked if Brown Township has a noise ordinance. He shared, in his opinion, that adjoining neighbors disturb him and his wife with excessive noise and dust coming from dirt bikes. Trustees Williams and Sayre informed him consideration was made recently for a noise ordinance in the township, but residents opposed the issue.

An audience member asked if the trustees would research the possibility of adding a message board on the township website. She stated she was unaware of any robberies within the township until the newsletter arrived. She was told they would look into the options, costs and feasibility for some type of messaging on the existing website.

Old Business:
There were no matters to be discussed.

New Business:
The grant submitted to FEMA requesting funds to offset the deductible of $1,000.00 the township paid to replace the roof of the township hall building damaged by the high winds was approved. A check from federal funds in the amount of $750.00 was received. A separate fund to deposit this money was required and fiscal officer Bloxam presented Resolution # 615-09 for this purpose. Trustee Williams moved to set up the fund for the deposit. The motion was seconded by Trustee Dever and the motion was passed unanimously.

Trustee Williams presented a quote to have the parking lot seal coated. There was discussion pertaining to the areas included in the quote. Fiscal officer Bloxam offered to contact the contractor for a more detailed explanation and present this information at the next meeting.

The Franklin County Board of Elections requested completion of a questionnaire regarding any officer positions that will expire this year. Trustee Dever and Trustee Williams reported their positions are due to terminate on December 31, 2009. Fiscal officer Bloxam will complete the questionnaire and submit.

With no further business, Trustee Williams made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Trustee Dever. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. after a unanimous approval vote.

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