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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]
May 14, 2007
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Big Darby Accord


In Attendance:
Trustees: Chair Ron Williams, Pam Sayre, Gary Dever
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Asst. to Board of Trustees: Tim Richardson

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 4/23/2007:
Minutes were reviewed. Trustee Dever moved to approve the minutes seconded by Chairman Williams. Minutes were approved unanimously.

Fiscal Actions:
Payables were presented and reviewed. Trustee Dever moved to approve payment of the bills and was seconded by Chair Williams. Motion to pay bills approved unanimously.

The Norwich Township Fire Representative distributed run reports for the Brown Township Fire Station for the month of April. EMS 9 runs FIRE 4 runs. It was reported the fire runs for the year are below the previous years. It is their assumption this is due to newer construction in the township. Updated burn laws have been posted by the EPA. It was reported a fire less than 3’ x 3’ used for cooking purposes is permissible without requiring a burn permit. Any other requests to burn must request and obtain a permit. If residents question a burning fire, they may call the Hilliard Police at 876-2429 to determine if a permit was issued. A suggestion was made to post the issued burn permits on the township website or the link to the EPA. The suggestion will be researched.

Tim Richardson, assistant to the Trustees, was asked to review and follow up on a drafted proposal for a 2006 Regional Bikeway Plan and Map. The plan was sent to the Trustees by Bernice Cage, Principal Planner with the Mid-Ohio Planning Commission.
Tim updated the Trustees regarding The Town Center sub-group interview process for the three candidates applying for the RFP preparation task. Tim reported the consulting team of Mr. Plunkett and Mr. Hartzler AICP was recommended by the committee and he expressed his agreement with this choice. He added their experience and expertise made a good team. Trustee Sayre reported she made contact with a trustee in Granville Township who had worked with Mr. Plunkett on three separate occasions. He commented we are in very good hands with Mr. Plunkett.

Tim submitted a copy of the Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan Consultant selection process Participation Agreement for the consideration of the Trustees and recommended the proposal.

Tim announced upcoming meetings and included his approval of Joe Martin adding Joe is very capable of retrieving and reporting information regarding the participation agreement.

Tim reviewed and passed out the minutes of the 4/11/07 Accord Zoning Work Group meeting indicating on-going work to facilitate Accord Advisory Panel meeting into each participating jurisdiction’s development review schedule.
Lee Brown, Planning Director, Franklin County Development Department wishes to meet with Brown Trustees to review proposed stream set-back regulations being drafted in order to be in compliance with 208 standards. No specific date yet.
Tim attended the May 8, Accord Advisory Panel meeting. An additional May meeting is scheduled for May 29 with the first panel business meeting scheduled for June 12. All meetings open to public and are held at the office of the Franklin County Development Department, Memorial Hall, East Broad St., Cols.

Accord Advisory Panel to consider nominations and appointment of the at large member for that panel to be appointed by them.
Joe Martin reported he attended a meeting on May 8, 2007, which was the first of two organizational meeting of the Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel. He reported the panel will begin conducting business on June 12, 2007 and only has recommendation privileges. He indicated that the Panel can also provide advice and opinions to Juridical Members of the Big Darby Accord concerning interpretation of the plan document. The panel is modeled after the Rocky Fork Accord Panel. The seats have a term of three years with staggered terms to allow for overlap of participants. Joe reviewed the current nominees and requested suggestions for any other Member At Large nominee to serve on the Panel. He is expecting to receive an Applicant Checklist in the next meeting packet.

Joe reported that the City of Columbus and the Franklin County Planning Department have concerns about adding time to the application process. Their goal is to limit any additional application processing time to 30 days. A website will be established by Franklin County available for public review of applicant and meeting materials. Meeting minutes will go through a review process and it is expected to post this information on the website.

Attorney Don Brosius reported the activities of the Revenue Group. He stated that he and other attorneys are working on an annexation agreement. It was suggested to solicit information from other attorneys familiar with Community Authorities and TIFS. An audience member asked if he had any updates on TDRs. It was his understanding the existing bill is dead in the water. The audience member added the bill needed to be re-written to allow landowner to buy back development rights. Mr. Brosius had no comment. Trustee Sayre commented that negates the protection of open space.

Old Business
Fiscal Officer Bloxam shared estimated quotes to replace the broken copier. The models represented were floor standing models. It was decided to do further research to determine if smaller copiers are available that meet the needs of the office. She will research.

New Business:
Trustee Sayre reported the recycle bins are filling to capacity and overflowing according the firemen. Fiscal Officer Bloxam offered to contact SWACO to request additional dumpsters or more frequent collection.
Trustee Sayre reported the efforts of Washington Township to form a panel comprised of Washington, Brown and Norwich townships to explore the future of parks and partnerships. A suggestion was made the planning and placement of a park may be suitable for New Town.

Resident Sylvia Bower reported she is a member of a small church in Dublin that is searching for a place to hold their church services on Sunday mornings. She asked the availability of the township hall. After discussion, the Trustees determined that priority for the use of the hall should be available to residents of the township
A resident requested the purpose of the excavation in the Elliott/Scioto-Darby Rd area. Trustee Dever reported it is a holding pond to prepare for upcoming development.

A resident reported excessive horse manure on Morris Rd. Trustee Dever committed to contact the Board of Health to request an inspection and possible action to control the problem.

A resident reported lack of animal control in their immediate neighborhood and requested suggestions from the Trustees to help address the matters. After several suggestions from the Trustees that the homeowner had already acted upon, Trustee Dever questioned the zoning of the area and if the neighbor was in possible violation. He committed to research and follow up on the request.

The Certificate of Resolution for the Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan Participation Agreement was further discussed. Trustee Sayre motioned to accept the agreement for the participation of Brown Township. Trustee Dever seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. Chair Ronald Williams signed the agreement. It was determined funds were appropriated but payment was not required at this time. The Certification of Available Funds by the Fiscal Officer is required.

Trustee Dever moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Sayre seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m. following a unanimous vote.

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