Trustees: Pam Sayre, Gary Dever
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Exec. Asst. to Board of Trustees:
Call meeting to order: In the absence of Chair Williams, Vice Chair Sayre called the meeting to order at 5:45 pm.
Pledge of Allegiance: Vice Chair Sayre led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.
Minutes of meeting held 10/8/2007:
Trustee Dever moved to approve the minutes. Trustee Sayre seconded the motion and the minutes of the meeting held 10/8/2007 was approved unanimously.
Payables were presented. Trustee Sayre made a motion to approve the payables as presented. Seconded by Trustee Dever. The motion to approve payment of bills was approved unanimously.
Although not present, the following report was submitted by Executive Assistant to the Trustees, Elizabeth Clark.
Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel
The Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel met on October 9 and reviewed and recommended approval of adjustments to the Prairie Township Comprehensive Plan to bring it into compliance with the Big Darby Accord. Panel members also discussed refining their meetings to focus more closely on the role identified for the Panel in the Accord document. Staff is working with the Panel to clarify the role and to provide to the chair and Panel members tools to facilitate consideration of cases.
A sub-group of county and township representatives met with consultant Greg Stype on October 18 to discuss revenue issues of special interest to them, particularly township fire levies and social service agency levies of concern to the County Commissioners. A proposal developed during that meeting that would protect township fire levies will be discussed with the County Commissioners and presented to the Revenue-Raising Group when it next meets on November 15.
Alternative Wastewater Treatment Systems
County and township representatives met with representatives of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio on October 26 to begin dialogue about creation of regional alternative wastewater treatment systems to handle proposed conservation development in the Big Darby Accord area. The next step is to work through a theoretical example to understand the details of what is needed and to help anticipate any roadblocks. Collaborating on that case study will be the Franklin County Sanitary Engineer’s Office and the Economic Development and Planning Department, along with Brown and Prairie Township representatives. We anticipate meeting within two weeks to discuss the area chosen for the exercise. BIA representatives with experience in designing these systems agreed to continue to work with the group.
Open Space Advisory Council
Expressions of interest to staff and manage the Open Space Advisory Council have been received from Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, The Nature Conservancy, Metro Parks, Ohio EPA, and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. It is anticipated that two or more groups may choose to work together. Proposals are due by November 21 and are to be submitted to the attention of Elizabeth Clark at the Brown Township office.
Town Center Master Plan
The first draft of the Town Center Master Plan Request for Proposals (RFP) has been reviewed and refined in response to comments from the client group and the Town Center Procurement Committee which met on October 17. A second draft is expected within a few days for additional review and refinement. The client group will meet again on October 31 and finalize details of releasing the RFP. It is anticipated the RFP will be released by mid-November.
Big Darby Accord Working Group
The Big Darby Accord Working Group met on October 24 to hear and discuss updates from the other sub-groups.
The trustees reviewed past years of orders of road salt to determine the amount to order for the winter 2007. Trustee Dever motioned to provide a purchase order not to exceed 250 tons of salt to the Franklin County Engineers. The motion was seconded by Trustee Sayre and past unanimously.
Trustee Sayre reported she contacted John O’Meara, of Metro Parks, to request information regarding the use of the proposed purchase (with Clean Ohio Funds) of a 131 acre parcel on Amity Road. She was told, if purchased, plans for the parcel included the possible addition of walking paths, trees, and picnic tables and that there were no other plans being considered in the immediate future. Long range plans could include tying a proposed bike path up Amity Road to Heritage Trail.
Discussion continued regarding seal coating the front parking lot and there was no motion to attempt to complete this in 2007. Consideration will be discussed next year.
Fiscal officer Bloxam reported she would be present the morning of the election to be held November 6, 2007 to assist election work staff access to the building and to assist with any requests they may have.
With no further business to discuss Trustee Sayre motioned to adjourn the meeting seconded by Trustee Dever. The vote to adjourn passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.