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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]
Mar 16, 2009
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Big Darby Accord


In Attendance:
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 7:30 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: Chair Dever led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.

Minutes of meetings held February 16 , 2009:
Trustee Sayre moved to approve the minutes from the meeting held 2/16/09. Trustee Williams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

Fiscal Actions:
Bills were presented for payment. Trustee Williams moved to approve payment of the bills seconded by Trustee Sayre. Action to pay bills was approved unanimously. February bank balance is $1,485,904.93. Receipts for the month is $7,416.04. Payables totaled $258,887.88.

Norwich Fire Department Report:
Fire Chief David Long submitted March fuel use report. He reported there were septic issues noting the tanks were filling with water. Trustee Dever discussed this issue and reported the tanks were being pumped and action was taken to hopefully resolve the issue.

Franklin County Sheriff Report:
Franklin County Sheriff deputies reported the theft of copper from an AEP job site on Hayden Run Rd. They were asked if there were any leads to the thefts that have been occurring in the area and responded at this time they were not aware of any.

Elizabeth Clark, Asst. to Board of Trustees, Report:
Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel
No Advisory Panel meeting was held in March.

Big Darby Accord Revenue Raising Group
Briefings of elected officials in the relevant jurisdictions continue. Columbus City Council Development Committee Chair and Public Utilities Committee Chair held a public briefing on March 5.

Big Darby Accord Working Group
The Big Darby Accord Working Group met on February 25. Attendance was light. There was some discussion of the possibility of using federal stimulus funds for open space acquisition of other Accord purposes.

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.

Annexation to Hilliard
I attended the County Commissioners’ briefing on February 26 and regular meeting on March 3. At both meetings, there was discussion of the proposed 424-acre annexation to Hilliard. All three commissioners spoke during the briefing about the importance of all the partner jurisdictions implementing the Big Darby Accord. The annexation was approved by the Commissioners on March 3. The next step would be acceptance by the City of Hilliard.

Open Space Advisory Council
The Open Space Advisory Council Leadership Group met on March 12 to develop the agenda for the next OSAC meeting, rescheduled from March 19 to March 31 because of scheduling conflicts. The agenda includes approval of by-laws, review of the first annual summary, a presentation on stream restoration projects underway in the BDA planning area, and the standing items of map review and member updates. The Big Darby Accord Working Group has asked OSAC to extend a membership invitation to the Darby Creek Association.

Meeting with Hilliard
Trustee President Dever and I are scheduled to meet with Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt on March 16 to discuss our hopes for mutual cooperation in implementation of the Big Darby Accord.

Coming Events

bulletBig Darby Accord Working Group, March 25, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St.
bulletOpen Space Advisory Council, March 31, 9 a.m., 111 Liberty St.
bulletConservation Development Stakeholders Group, April 2, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St.
bulletBig Darby Accord Advisory Panel, April 14, 1:30 p.m., 373 S. High St., Meeting Room A
bulletStormwater Advisory Council, April 15, 1 p.m., Franklin County Engineer’s Office

Audience Discussions:
No discussions.

Old Business:
Propane gas quotes were reviewed and discussed with representatives from Ferrelgas and OhioGas. Trustee Williams moved to accept the proposal offered by Ferrelgas based on the cost savings and capped pricing. Trustee Sayre seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Resolution # 11809 accepting the Temporary Appropriations Budget was approved at the meeting held Jan. 18, 2009 but was not included in the meeting minutes. Trustee Sayre moved to amend the January meeting minutes to include this information. Trustee Williams seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Fiscal Officer Bloxam reported the post audit report date has not been established by the State Auditors office at this time.

New Business:
A letter was received from SWACO regarding the possible transport of garbage from other areas into the landfill located in Jackson Township. Trustee Sayre moved to support opposition to SWACO’s proposal, seconded by Trustee Williams. All Trustees passed the motion unanimously and requested Assistant To the Board of Trustees, Elizabeth Clark, to draft a letter. She agreed to do so and will contact the Trustees when completed for their review and signatures.

Fiscal Officer Bloxam presented a letter of appointment from a FEMA grant that will provide partial refund of expenditures due to any damage resulting from the wind strop in September 2008. This approval will result in a refund of approximately $1,000.00.

Fiscal Officer Bloxam requested the Trustees to review the 2009 Temporary Appropriation Budget and make any changes before the permanent budget is reported to the Franklin County Budget Commission. After review and discussion of possible expenditures in 2009, Trustee Williams moved to approve the budget, seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion passed unanimously.

With no further business, Trustee Williams made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Trustee Sayre. The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m. after a unanimous approval vote.

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