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					                  LIBERTY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
                       MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
                                May 16, 2005
                   Liberty Township Administration Building
              6400 Princeton Road, Liberty Township, Ohio 45011


On May 16, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. the Liberty Township Board of Trustees met this day and
upon call of the roll the following trustees were present: Mrs. Matacic, Mr. Kern, and
Mr. Shelley.

Mrs. Matacic led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mrs. Matacic asked for a moment of silence in memory of marine, Taylor Prazynski.

Mr. Kern moved to APPROVE THE MAY 2, 2005 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Mrs. Matacic seconded. Upon call of the roll, Mr. Kern – yes, Mrs. Matacic – yes, Mr.
Shelley – abstain, the motion passed.

Mr. Reynolds presented two transfers. The first one is for debt service for the Services
Garage in the amount of $15,525.11 from Fund 1000 to Fund 3102. The second item is
for debt service for the Firehouse in the amount of $38,007.50 from Fund 2191 into
Fund 3106.

Mr. Shelley moved to APPROVE TRANSFERS AND INCREASES AS PRESENTED BY
THE CLERK. Mr. Kern seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Reynolds submitted bills to be paid.

Mr. Kern moved to APPROVE PAYMENT OF BILLS AS SUBMITTED. Mr. Shelley
seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Joe Schwartz and Harold Maggard of J-2 Homes presented Liberty Township with a
check for $50,000.00 for the maintenance of Allen Park. Mrs. Matacic thanked J-2 for
their contribution and stated that she appreciated their generosity in helping to make
sure that this park is maintained in the years to come.

Mrs. Matacic asked for public comments.

Pam Nabor, 6702 Eldorado Drive, stated that the Lakota Sports Organization
purchased 6.29 acres of property from Middletown Regional Hospital near Dutchland
Boulevard and next to Liberty Township property. She stated that the Lakota Sports
Organization wanted to work with Liberty Township to help develop Wilhelmina Park.

Mrs. Matacic asked for business items.

Mrs. Minneci presented the Zoning Report for Jon West, who was on vacation. She said
that they plan to send out a public opinion survey in conjunction with the
Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting scheduled later this month. On May
31 they plan to have an Open Public Session for the public to provide feedback as to
what they feel would be best for the future of Liberty Township.

The trustees discussed getting responses from surveys. They said that a self-addressed
envelope with postage should be included. Mr. Kern said he thought the only fair way
to do the survey was in a mailing and that it should be sent in color and with a postage-
paid envelope enclosed.

Mrs. Matacic suggested that the Homeowner’s Associations be contacted and asked to
put something in their newsletters. Mr. Dean Swartz suggested that the Board have
Jerry Scrivner notify his Neighborhood Watch participants about the survey.

Mr. Kern moved that LIBERTY TOWNSHIP MAIL OUT A SURVEY, IN COLOR,
WITH PRE-PAID POSTAGE FOR RETURN AT A COST OF $7,812.00. Mr. Shelley
seconded the motion. The call of roll was as follows: Mr. Kern – yes, Mr. Shelley – yes,
Mrs. Matacic – no. The motion passed. (05-075)
Minutes
May 16, 2005
Page 2

Ms. Cara KillKelley read the Zoning Report. She stated that the Zoning Commission
meeting scheduled for June 7 has two cases on the agenda. The Board of Zoning
Appeals meeting scheduled for June 14 has one case on the agenda. She went over the
BZA cases from the last meeting.

Mr. Plummer stated he has received calls regarding the speed limit on Maud-Hughes
Road. He said it is currently 55 mph. He sent a letter to the BCEO requesting a traffic
study on that road.

Chief Paul Stumpf said that the dedication was nice and there was decent attendance.
He stated that they are opening bids for the SCBA upgrade. Mr. Reynolds presented a
quote from Premier Safety and Service for a price of $1,417.00 per unit for an extended
total of $26,923.00. The second bid was from Warren Fire Equipment at a total price of
$27,806.50.

Mr. Kern moved that WE RECEIVE THE TWO BIDS FOR REVIEW BY THE CHIEF,
CLERK AND ADMINISTRATOR. Mr. Shelley seconded. Upon call of the roll, the
motion passed unanimously. (05-076)

Chief Stumpf requested a resolution to pay $4,170.00 to WEBCO Fire Equipment for
turnout gear. Mr. Shelley moved TO APPROVE PAYMENT TO WEBCO FIRE
EQUIPMENT FOR $4,170.00 FOR TURNOUT GEAR. Upon call of the roll, the
motion passed unanimously.

Chief Stumpf requested approval for a pay increase for Joe Miller to Step 2 Firefighter.
Mr. Kern moved to APPROVE A PAY INCREASE FOR JOE MILLER TO STEP 2
FIREFIGHTER AT $42,629.21 PER YEAR EFFECTIVE MAY 14, 2005. Mr. Shelley
seconded. Upon call of the roll, the motion passed unanimously. (05-077)

Chief Stumpf requested approval to hire ten (10) part time firefighters. They have
passed their physicals.   Mr. Kern moved to HIRE THE TEN PART TIME
FIREFIGHTERS. Mr. Shelley seconded. Upon call of the roll, the motion passed
unanimously. (05-078)

Chief Stumpf asked for approval to accept a donation of a treadmill from the Liberty
Township Firefighter’s Association. Mr. Shelley moved TO ACCEPT DONATION OF
TREADMILL FROM LIBERTY TOWNSHIP FIREFIGHTER’S ASSOCIATION. Upon
call of the roll, the motion passed unanimously.

There was discussion regarding a plate donated from the South family to the Fire
Department. Mrs. Matacic said we need to send the South’s a letter thanking them for
the donation and giving them the appraisal value of the plate for tax purposes.

Mr. Kern asked Chief Stumpf how many runs he has per year. Chief Stumpf said from
1500 to 1600 runs per year and if we continue at the pace we have right now, it could
be up to 1700 this year.

Lt. Carpenter requested approval to renew the contract with the Butler County Sheriff’s
Department for the School Resource Officer. Mr. Kern moved to ENTER INTO A
CONTRACT WITH BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT FOR THE
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AT THE NEW INCREASED AMOUNT OF
$18,345.29 PER YEAR CONTINGENT UPON LAKOTA SCHOOL’S COMPLIANCE.
Mr. Shelley seconded. The motion passed unanimously. (05-079)

Mrs. Minneci presented items for Administration. She presented a proclamation
declaring May 16-20, 2005 Kathy Klink Week in Liberty Township and a proclamation
recognizing Senior Citizens, Inc. 50th Anniversary.

Mrs. Minneci presented a resolution to approve payment in the amount of $1,669.40 to
Dalene Pride for BMV Audits. Mr. Shelley made a motion to APPROVE PAYMENT IN
THE AMOUNT OF $1,669.40 TO DALENE PRIDE FOR BMV AUDITS. Mr. Kern
seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Minutes
May 16, 2005
Page 3

Mrs. Minneci presented a resolution to approve payment in the amount of $9,715.00 to
Jack Grove for legal services for the JEDD. Mr. Kern moved to APPROVE PAYMENT
IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,715.00 TO JACK GROVE FOR LEGAL SERVICES FOR
THE JEDD. Mr. Shelley seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Minneci presented a resolution to approve payment in the amount of $1,687.03 to
Protocol Communications for phone system infrastructure improvements. Mr. Shelley
moved to APPROVE PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,687.03 TO PROTOCOL
COMMUNICATIONS FOR PHONE SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS.
Mr. Kern seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Minneci provided an update on the electrical and natural gas aggregation. In order
to become an electrical aggregate, we would have to place it on the November ballot.
Another meeting has been scheduled the end of this month. A brief sampling was taken
at the last meeting of the townships and most of the trustees felt comfortable putting it
on the ballot in November. Mrs. Matacic said that putting it on the ballot and having
people vote for or against it doesn’t obligate you one way or another for the program.
It is only when you do the group purchase.

Mrs. Minneci stated that she recently met with representatives of Cincy Business and
they want to put together an Official Community Guide and Chamber Business Directory.
The directory is being put together to mail to new homeowners in the area and to have
available in businesses and offices throughout Liberty and West Chester. It is a
reference guide that highlights all of the amenities that each township has to offer. The
prices range from $650.00 to $4,500.00 to put in an ad. The board discussed and it was
decided that the Township should participate.

Mr. Kern moved that the Township PURCHASE AN AD FOR $750.00 IN THE CINCY
BUSINESS OFFICIAL COMMUNITY GUIDE. Mr. Shelley seconded. Upon call of the
roll, the vote was as follows: Mr. Kern – yes, Mr. Shelley – yes, Mrs. Matacic – Abstain.
The motion passed.

Mr. Reynolds stated that the lighting district software is almost complete. He is meeting
with Tim Abbott and Greg Volpenhein to resolve the remaining issues.

Mrs. Matacic asked for Trustees Comments.

Mr. Shelley responded to the item at the last meeting regarding trash at construction
sites and charging the builders a fee. He thinks this is a good idea. Mr. Kern said the
projects are usually cleaned up when they are finished; that it is in the interim between
when they start building and finish building. Mrs. Minneci said they have issued a letter
where we tell the builders that their building certificates will be held up until the site is
cleaned.

The trustees said that they want Zoning Staff to be pro-active in this process.

Mr. Shelley also mentioned that the Township and Board owes the Sheriff’s Department
and Dean Swartz a debt of appreciation for their hard work on the police levy.

Mr. Shelley mentioned requests from Charleston Woods and Evergreen to help with the
upkeep of their roads.

Mr. Kern discussed his statement regarding the size of American Flags and asked that
the Board strike any mention of national and state flags from our zoning code. Ms.
KillKelley said that she believed we could accomplish that goal by striking Section 3.2.3
D that deals specifically with U.S., State and Municipal flags.

Mr. Kern moved to STRIKE SECTION 3.2.3D FROM THE ZONING CODE
PERTAINING TO REGULATION OF THE SIZE OR DISPLAY OF THE AMERICAN,
STATE AND TOWNSHIP FLAGS. Mr. Shelley seconded. The motion passed
unanimously. (05-080)

Mrs. Matacic received a Solid Waste Management Plan Update in the mail. Recycling will
be made available to residents of the Township, but you can opt out of the program.
The resident can sign a form saying they do not want the recycling and they will not be
charged a fee.
Minutes
May 16, 2005
Page 4

There being no more business to come before the Board, Mr. Kern moved to adjourn.
Mr. Shelley seconded. The motion passed unanimously and MEETING ADJOURNED.




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Christine Matacic, President




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Roger Reynolds, Clerk-Treasurer

				
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