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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]
Sep 15, 2008
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Big Darby Accord


In Attendance:
Trustees: Chair Pam Sayre, Ron Williams, Gary Dever
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Asst. to Board of Trustees:
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 August 18, 2008:
The minutes were reviewed by the Trustees. Trustee Sayre corrected an entry under Old Business and the corrected minutes presented for approval. Trustee Dever made a motion to approve the minutes seconded by Trustee Williams. 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 Dever. Action to pay bills approved unanimously. Receipts for the month of August, 2008 were $350,840.91 and expenditures were $35,582.90 resulting in a bank balance of $2,331,138.25.

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

Franklin County Sheriff Report:
Franklin County Sheriff Officer Goodrich reported a home invasion occurred on Alton Darby resulting in minimum theft. No other problems were reported.

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
A meeting was held on August 27 with Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle and his staff concerning the proposed Roberts Road realignment through the Homewood property. Brown Township reiterated opposition to the proposal based on its inconsistency with the Big Darby Accord General Land Use Plan map, as had been expressed in a letter from the trustees to Mr. Ringle. Mr. Ringle and staff explained that other alignments had been considered and rejected and this alignment responds to an existing need and saves money because of the unconditional donation of right-of-way by the property owner. Subsequently, we have requested that the Engineer submit the proposal to the Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel for review, as has been done with at least one other public project.

Annexation Petition
An annexation petition has been filed with the Franklin County Commissioners to annex to Hilliard 493.6 acres, most of which is in Brown Township. Homewood Corporation owns 256 acres of the territory proposed to be annexed. Hilliard City Schools owns 119.5 acres in the annexation area, territory where Hilliard Bradley High School is being built. The proposed Roberts Road realignment falls within the annexation area.

Big Darby Accord Working Group
The Big Darby Accord Working Group met on August 27 and heard reports from the other subgroups. I reviewed with the group the Franklin County Engineer’s proposal to realign Roberts Road through the Homewood property, indicated Brown Township’s opposition to the realignment, and asked for support for our position from other jurisdictions.

Big Darby Accord Open Space Advisory Committee
The Open Space Advisory Committee met on August 28 and reviewed the open space map being maintained by MORPC. The group held a discussion on what sorts of assumptions should be made regarding the protection of open space as part of the work to develop a cost estimate of Big Darby Accord purposes.

Big Darby Accord Zoning Group
The Zoning Group met on August 10 and continued discussions on the proposed conservation development regulations. By October 3, a complete draft will be distributed by the Franklin County Planning Department to the members of the Zoning Group. At its October 8 meeting, the objective is to give the draft one more review before moving on to review by a broader group of stakeholders.

Big Darby Accord Revenue Raising Group
The Revenue Group met on September 10 to discuss and review minor adjustments to the revenue concept document. The concept continues to be discussed with jurisdictional officials. Work continues on the general cost estimate of the items defined as “Big Darby purposes.”

Coming Events

bulletBig Darby Accord Working Group, September 24, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St., FSL 10
bulletBig Darby Accord Zoning Group, October 8, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St., FSL 10
bulletBig Darby Accord Advisory Panel, October 14, 1:30 p.m., 373 S. High St.
bulletBig Darby Accord Working Group, October 22, 9 a.m., 150 S. Front St., FSL 10
bulletBig Darby Accord Open Space Advisory Council, October 23, 9 a.m., MORPC

ODNR/Metro Parks Report:
Attendance continues to increase at Prairie Oaks. It was asked if a Nature Center was being considered at Prairie Oaks and was reported nothing is being discussed for this project at this time. Upcoming activities are as follows:

bulletOct. 14, 2008 Tue 6:30 pm Howl at the Moon
bulletOct 19, 2008 Sun 3:00 pm Looking Through the Leaf Litter
bulletOct 31, 2008 Fri 7:00 pm Late Fishing Nichts
bulletNov. 2, 2008 Sun 5:30 pm Beaver Walk
bulletNov. 8, 2008 Sat 5:00 pm Who’s There?
bulletNov 15, 2008 Sat 5:00 pm Howl at the Moon

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Old Business:
Trustee Sayre reported the proposed noise ordinance scheduled to be discussed at this meeting with legal counsel from Loveland and Brosius, LLC will be re-scheduled for the next Trustee meeting to be held October 20, 2008 because the representative from the firm was unable to attend. Several audience members requested to share their views regarding the content of the draft noise ordinance. Among many discussions, a generalization of most comments were as follows:

bulletPassing this ordinance is a bad idea when only one or two people have a problem.
bulletThe ordinance is too restrictive.
bulletA neighbor should not have the right to contact authorities if they feel you are making too much noise.
bulletWe moved to Brown Township to get away from restrictions like this.
bulletThe ordinance mentions dog kennels only, why not change this to any barking dog that falls within the restrictions of the ordinance?
bulletWe are being encroached upon. We need to think about housing developments appearing in our back yards. I think we need some type of noise ordinance to help use try to maintain some of the peace and quiet that most of us now enjoy.

Officer Goodrich, Franklin County Sheriff, explained to the audience that to his knowledge Prairie Township has had only one reported noise resolution violation since passing the resolution. No other problems have been reported. He also asks the audience to understand before reporting, noise must be audible, sustaining beyond a reasonable amount of time, frequent or all of the above.

Trustee Dever shared with the audience the consideration of adopting a noise ordinance for Brown Township is a result of several years of multiple complaints from multiple residences. Consideration is based on the entire township, and is not based on one or two complaints.

The Trustees reminded the audience members they were complaining about a document that was a “draft” ordinance and that it was an example received from another township as a “template” for us to build from. The Trustees agreed that several entries were not relevant to Brown Township and that several changes had already been forwarded for legal review.  The draft was copied and distributed for township residents to help construct a resolution that would benefit the entire community. It was the intention of the Trustees to request the attendance of legal counsel to assist in this endeavor. Unfortunately, the scheduled attorney was unable to attend this meeting and is rescheduled for the meeting to be held October 20, 2008 at 7:30 pm.

An audience member asked why this could not be presented as a township referendum. The Trustees were asked as representatives of the population in Brown Township if there was a process that a petition could be distributed and signed to get it to this point. Trustee Williams told the audience members no decisions will be made until all comments are considered. The Trustees asked audience members to mail or email comments.

An audience member complained about property upkeep on a residence on Morris Rd. Due to previous complaints the Board of Health has already been contacted by Barb regarding this location and was told they would inspect and follow up with the homeowner.

The Franklin County Engineers filed for a grant with OPWC to fund the proposed Roberts Rd connections crossing through the Homewood property to include two round- a-bouts. Further discussion to follow.

Cole Road repairs requested by resident Ann Bell have been inspected. The pothole has been repaired by a resident who owns a paving company at no cost. Trustees Williams and Dever inspected the culvert crossing under the road. Trustee Williams made a motion to accept a contract to repair the culvert. The motion was seconded by Trustee Dever and passed unanimously.

New Business:
The General Assembly passed legislation (HB323) that became effective September 30, 2008 overhauling the partition fence laws in Ohio. A copy of HB323 was presented to the Trustees for their review.

Harold Jerman described the current conditions of tile located on Morris Rd. and reported they seem to working reasonably well.

With no further business, Trustee Dever made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Trustee Williams. The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 p.m. after a unanimous vote.

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