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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]
Oct 20, 2008
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Big Darby Accord


In Attendance:
Trustees: Chair Pam Sayre, Ron Williams
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Asst. to Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Clark
Call meeting to order: Chair Sayre called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance: Chair Sayre led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.

Minutes of meeting held September 15, 2008:
The minutes were reviewed by the Trustees. Trustee Williams made a motion to approve the minutes seconded by Trustee Sayre. All voted to pass the motion 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 approved unanimously. Receipts for the month of September, 2008 were $21,252.53 and expenditures were $12,604.67 resulting in a bank balance of $2,308,474.96.

Norwich Fire Department Report:
There was no report presented from Norwich Fire Department.

Franklin County Sheriff Report:
Franklin County Sheriff Officers reported several residences on Cole Rd had items stolen out of their garages. Prairie Township residences have reported similar thefts. Some witnesses noticed a white van, a white station wagon and two men in the areas where the thefts occurred. To date the thefts are still being investigated. The officers requested residences to call if they noticed anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.

Elizabeth Clark, Asst. to Board of Trustees, Report:
(Elizabeth Clark was not present. The following report was reviewed by the Trustees)

Roberts Road Realignment Proposal
The proposal will be heard by the Big Darby Accord Open Space Advisory Council on October 23 and the Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel on November 18.

A 493.6-acre annexation from Brown and Norwich townships to Hilliard was approved by the Franklin County Commissioners on October 14, despite opposition testimony from Brown Township. Hilliard officials report that no development proposal has been submitted.

Hamilton Run Stream Restoration Project Proposal
The Franklin County Engineer is proposing a stream restoration project on Hamilton Run, generally between Alton-Darby Creek and Roberts roads on the western edge of the 493.6-acre annexation. The proposal is to re-direct flow from the existing channel into a new channel to be created just to the west. Vegetation along the existing channel would remain undisturbed. The total cost of the project is estimated at $4.6 million, $1.6 million of which will be sought as a Clean Ohio grant. The remaining $3 million is being provided by Homewood Corporation in the form of $500,000 for the engineering study and a dedication of land estimated at $2,500,000 (50 acres at $50,000 per acre). If the grant request is successful, it is expected that construction could begin next fall. The proposal will be heard by the Big Darby Accord Open Space Advisory Council on October 23 and the Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel on November 18.

Big Darby Accord Revenue Raising Group
Prairie Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker and I briefed Pleasant Township Trustee Keith Goldhardt September 16 on progress to resolve Big Darby Accord revenue issues. Staff representatives of the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Prairie Township, and Brown Township have met twice with Franklin County Administrator Don Brown and Mayor Coleman’s Chief of Staff, Mike Reese, to discuss a recommended revenue proposal. (Pleasant Township Trustee Keith Goldhardt participated in the second of the two meetings.) Next steps involve stakeholder briefings and a public meeting followed by official endorsement by the jurisdictions and execution of an intergovernmental agreement to memorialize the decisions.

Stormwater Advisory Council
I have been invited to participate as a member of a Stormwater Advisory Committee created by the Franklin County Engineer’s Office to assist the County with identification and evaluation of needs related to stormwater management and to assist with evaluating options for providing a stable funding source.

Coming Events

bulletBig Darby Accord Zoning Group, October 21, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St., FSL 10
bulletBig Darby Accord Working Group, October 22, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St., FSL 10
bulletBig Darby Accord Revenue Subgroup, October 22, 10:30 a.m., 150 S. Front St., FSL 10
bulletFranklin County Engineer Stormwater Advisory Committee, October 22, 1 p.m., 970 Dublin Road
bulletBig Darby Accord Open Space Advisory Council, October 23, 9 a.m., MORPC
bulletBig Darby Accord Advisory Panel, November 18, 1:30 p.m., 373 S. High St., 26th Floor

Old Business:
Proposed Noise Ordinance:
Trustee Sayre introduced Peter Griggs, legal counsel from Loveland and Brosius, LLC, who was invited to attend the meeting to review the legal aspects of the proposed draft noise ordinance. He explained Loveland and Brosius, LLC represents most townships and have assisted with the preparation of noise ordinances they deemed necessary. He explained townships do not have the same laws as municipalities and when a sheriff in called regarding a noise complaint, nothing can be done when a noise ordinance is not in place.

Mr. Griggs gave an example that occurred in Hamilton Township where neighbors experienced four continuous nights of loud music until 2:00 am. The township adopted a noise ordinance and when the late night loud music continued, the sheriff was able to issue a warning with the explanation the next occurrence could result in a fine. The late night loud music ceased and the township has had no further incidences. Before the adoption of the noise ordinance, the sheriff’s warnings went unnoticed.

He shared townships that have noise ordinances in place have reported little if any noise complaints and deem the ordinance to be helpful. He also pointed out there will be subjectiveness, no matter what the law, there will be subjectiveness.

Some members of the audience questioned Mr. Griggs and the Trustees regarding their concerns such as adding more government regulations, lack of public input and awareness of the ordinance, cost of legal counsel and adoption, operations of businesses in the township being disrupted, and remarked they enjoy living in the township to experience lack of restrictions such as this.

Mrs. Joy Chapin presented 247 signatures on a petition distributed throughout the community by various township residents opposing the adoption of the ordinance. Fiscal Officer Bloxam asked her what information was presented to the residents when asked to sign the petition and she stated a copy of the draft ordinance.

Trustee Williams addressed the audience by reminding them again the initial copy was a DRAFT ordinance to be reviewed and modified based on input from the community. There were many subjects contained within the draft ordinance that did not pertain to Brown Township and would have not been considered the by Trustees.

Trustee Williams made a motion to cease any further actions or considerations regarding the adoption of the noise ordinance. The motion was seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion passed unanimously.

Trustee Williams informed the audience the consideration of adopting a noise ordinance in Brown Township is dead right now. Future consideration of a noise ordinance will include input from the community.

Time Warner Franchise Fees:
A Resolution #117-08 was presented and reviewed by the Trustees to determine the video service provider franchise fees to be paid from Time Warner offering video service within the township pursuant to a state authorization. Trustee Sayre made a motion to accept Resolution #117-08, seconded by Trustee Williams. The motion passed unanimously.

City of Hilliard Annexation:
A 493.6-acre annexation from Brown and Norwich townships to Hilliard was approved by the Franklin County Commissioners on October 14, despite opposition testimony from Brown Township. Hilliard officials report that no development proposal has been submitted.

Parking lot construction:
Trustee Williams reported the parking lot construction was almost complete. The Trustees reviewed the bill showing the original contract to be $153,502.55 and an additional change order for $27,461.05 for a total of $180,963.60. Trustee Williams requested time to check out change order lists and made a motion to pay McMillen Paving and Sealing, Inc. a 10% retain age of the original contract in the amount of $15,350.25. The motion was seconded by Trustee Sayre and passed unanimously.

Audience discussions:
Betty Blau and Tom Ferguson, residents on Roberts Rd., asked if there were any updates regarding the proposed roundabout by the Franklin County Engineers office and the current status of Homewood Corporation.

The Trustees reported that at this time, they were not aware that the grant requested by the Franklin County Engineers office had been awarded and it is their understanding construction of this road including the roundabouts depended on obtaining this grant.

Discussions followed regarding the proposed Homewood development site. A resident of the township reported attending a meeting that included discussions regarding alteration of the flood plain on this property that she thought may result in the inability to develop this area.

The Trustees will report any updates regarding these issues as received.

New Business:
Storm Damage:
Fiscal Officer Bloxam reported she was obtaining quotes from roofing contractors to determine the extent of damage and costs to repair the township hall and fire station buildings as a result from the wind storm in September. She will report on progress at the next meeting.

Handicap Parking signs:
Fiscal Officer Bloxam reported receiving a notice from the Board of Elections to post handicap parking signs at designated parking areas. She reported the signs have been purchased and will be installed after the completion of the parking lot construction before the November 4th election day.

Audience Discussions:
An audience member asked the Trustees if consideration could be made to hire law enforcement for the township. He reported he experienced a 40 minute wait for a sheriff to respond to a call he made. The Trustees responded that they had looked into this matter prior to this request and found this to be too costly in relation to the current tax revenues received by the township.

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 vote.

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