Batavia Township may soon increase policing

December 7th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Given that the terms are worked out by Dec. 19, the Batavia Township board of trustees is expected to make a formal decision concerning a new contract with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department for police coverage to begin next year.

Currently, the township contracts with the sheriff’s department for the services of one deputy, but after township residents approved a levy to raise money to expand that protection, the township could be looking at hiring as much as perhaps two or three more deputies, depending on contract details and levy earnings.

The trustees met in executive session Dec. 5 at their regular meeting to negotiate with the sheriff’s department.

“We talked regarding the contract with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department and began negotiations on that,” said township administrator Rex Parsons. “I do expect a vote at the next meeting.”

The trustees also moved one step further along in a grant process to see the construction of a new picnic shelter at the township park. The grant, which is part of a block grant for community development, will give $57,000 towards the construction of a shelter. The trustees signed papers agreeing to pay for any cost associated with the project that exceeds the $57,000 amount.

"The Department of Housing and Urban Renewal has the ability to grant funds for economic and community development," said Parsons. "That's distributed to the states, and then to the county government in the form of a block grant. Batavia Township has applied for and received a $57,000 grant to be used as a picnic shelter here at our community park. Here is the agreement, and it basically says that if the project should go over that amount, the cost is covered by the township."

The grant is awarded to the county, who administrates its use. In all, nearly $500,000 was given to the county to dole out in projects which were applied for by various entities, such as townships, villages and cities in the county.

The county will now compose a list of approved engineers for the project, which the township will be able to choose from.

Design work will continue from there, with the project itself bound under the rules of the grant to be both started and completed in the spring of 2007.

The trustees also took care of a few zoning issues, including the re-appointment of two volunteers who serve on zoning boards in the township.

"Barb Dalton on our zoning commission and Bill Dowdney on our board of zoning appeals, their appointments are up this month," said zoning administrator Denise Kelley. "I have spoken with both of them and they would like to remain on their boards if you will reappoint them."

The trustees agreed to do so, noting a good performance by both individuals during their duties over the past few years. The trustees also learned of a resolution regarding emergency access to the Lexington Run development for fire and rescue crews.

"We talked last meeting about the emergency access point at Lexington Run," said Kelley. "They are putting in an actual paved surface to Ross Road. He described it as an asphalt driveway surface. I don't know that much about specs, but I don't believe it's as strong as a public right of way, but it's a paved surface. He'll create a T-intersection at that point."

The trustees also signed papers altering a tax abatement granted earlier this year to a business relocating into the township. A slight change of location prompted the change.

"We have an amendment to the Records Express rural enterprise zone agreement," said Parsons. "They were unable to purchase the land that she originally had the abatement for on Hospital Drive. She has since moved to Armstrong Blvd. and has purchased a lot. This simply changes the parcels. That is the only change."
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