Trustees: Gary Dever, Pam Sayre, Ron Williams
Fiscal Officer: Barb Bloxam
Asst. to Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Clark
Call meeting to order: Trustee Dever called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: Trustee Dever led the Pledge of Allegiance upon opening the meeting.
Minutes of meetings held Aug 17, 2009:
Minutes of the meetings held Aug 17, 2009 was presented to the Trustees for review and approval. Trustee Williams moved to approve after making noted corrections, seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion was approved unanimously.
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. August, 2009 bank statements and reconciliation report was presented. Trustee Williams moved to approve the reports seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion was approved unanimously. September, 2009 payroll reports were distributed for review. Trustee Williams moved to approve payroll, seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion carried unanimously.
The following resolution was presented by Fiscal Officer Bloxam:
To accept the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorization of the necessary tax levies to be certified with the county auditor. After review of the reports from the budget commission, Trustee Williams moved to approve Resolution #0921-09-01 seconded by Trustee Sayre. The motion was approved unanimously.
Norwich Fire Department Report:
A run report was distributed at the request of Chief Long, who was unable to attend.
Franklin County Sheriff Report:
Franklin County Sheriff department representatives attended and reported no property loss due to burglaries in the area over the past month. Unfortunately, they did however report a fatality at the intersection of Roberts Rd. and Amity Rd. involving a motorcycle and a car. Area residents attending the meeting asked the officers about additional signage in the Bradley High School area indicating boundaries of the school zone and possible directional signs due to people being unfamiliar with the area. Another resident living in the area at the end of Davis Rd. reported several drivers going through the stop sign and into his yard and trees. He suggested possibly and stop sign with rotating lights to help avoid future accidents at this intersection. Trustee Williams commented that Franklin County maintains this area and suggested to contact them and ask for possible solutions.
Elizabeth Clark, Asst. to Board of Trustees, Report:
Town Center Master Plan
The Town Center Master Plan process is about to begin. Under a participation agreement among Franklin County, the City of Columbus, Brown Township, and Prairie Township, the Franklin County Commissioners are scheduled at the September 22 meeting to authorize a contract with Urban Design Associates (UDA) of Pittsburgh to lead a team of consultants in the process to produce a master plan for the Town Center area identified in the Big Darby Accord.
UDA will be at the center of a multi-disciplinary planning team that includes urban designers, landscape architects, ecologists, civil engineers, traffic consultants, market analysts, and attorneys. There are sub-consultants for landscape architecture, ecology, civil engineering, transportation planning, market analysis, and land use regulation. Many public input and feedback opportunities will be provided in a variety of formats, including one-on-one interviews, public meetings, design workshops, and an advisory committee to work with the jurisdiction representatives and consultants throughout the process. Project manager is Lee Brown, Planning Administrator, Franklin County Department of Economic Development and Planning.
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 producing a consensus regulation. Current discussions include definitions of public and private open space and appropriate uses within them. The group is meeting every two weeks.
Alternative Wastewater Treatment
Franklin County Sanitary Engineer Stephen Renner has scheduled a meeting with representatives of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on the subject of implementing regional alternative wastewater treatment in the Franklin County portion of the Big Darby Watershed. Jurisdiction representatives will be briefed afterward with the aim of determining next steps.
Big Darby Accord Revenue Working Group
The revenue group is set to meet twice in the near future – to discuss with counsel details of the creation of one or more New Community Authorities in the Big Darby Accord area and to continue discussions to specifically define Big Darby Accord purposes.
Stormwater Advisory Council
Work by the consultant on the Franklin County Drainage Engineer’s stormwater management plan and utility study continues. Phase I, identification of stormwater management problems in unincorporated Franklin County, is complete. Phase II is underway and will analyze costs of solving the problems and identification of funding sources, with special attention to the creation of a stormwater utility. Any decision to create a stormwater utility would be made by the Franklin County Commissioners.
Open Space Advisory Council
The Big Darby Accord Open Space Advisory Council met on September 17 and toured the site of a potential stream restoration project on property in Prairie Township recently acquired by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.
Big Darby Accord Working Group
The Big Darby Accord Working Group met on August 26 and heard reports on implementation initiatives.
Fall 2009 Newsletter
Material for the Fall 2009 newsletter has been submitted for layout and printing and should be in township residents’ mailboxes near the end of the month.
Trustee Sayre contacted ODNR and requested well monitoring reports from the new wells drilled at Bradley High School last summer. Township residents requested help from the Trustees due to decreased water levels with some residential wells in the Walker Rd./Davis Rd. area. She distributed the report obtained from ODNR. Based on their assessment, it was their opinion the lower water levels are not being caused from the use of the wells located at Bradley High School. Discussions followed after reviewing the report that included residents questioning the amount of time and water pumped that resulted in the outcome of the study. Further research will continue. Trustee Sayre advised the residents to contact Jim Raab of ODNR with their questions and concerns.
Fiscal Officer reminded Trustees of a scheduled meeting with the auditor to be held Sept 29, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..
Trustees Sayre requested fellow Trustees and audience members to send articles or announcements of interest for the upcoming Fall, 2009 Township Newsletter.
Trustee Sayre requested review and application of the new fence law. A copy of the law was distributed for review. A case report , submitted by Trustee Sayre, was reviewed by Loveland & Brosius and is in the fence law file for future reference.
Fiscal Officer Bloxam requested the Trustees to consider the approval to paint the outside doors and interior meeting room of the township hall building. She reported an estimated cost of materials and labor not to exceed $300.00. Trustee Williams made a motion to agree to have the painting completed not to exceed $300.00. Trustee Sayre second the motion. 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 9:15 p.m. after a unanimous approval vote.