Union Township Trustees set dates for first ‘brush days’

March 2nd, 2007    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

The Union Township board of trustees recently decreed that residents must clean up their act, in a manner of speaking.

During the February regular meeting, the board announced the annual junk days cleanup and approved a new cleanup measure to aid the township residents in a bit of spring cleaning.

“I’d like to make a recommendation to establish the spring junk days for the week of April 23-28,” said Union Township Service Director Matt Taylor. “I also would like to make a recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the service department to create the annual brush days. This would be for residents to bring an1y grass clippings, limbs, firewood or debris to the service department and we can dispose of it. This would be on April 20-21.”

The junk days cleanup will accept items from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, with 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. drop offs on Saturday. Items can be delivered to the township service department headquarters. More information about what is accepted can be found by calling (513) 753-2221.

In addition to the junk days cleanup, the township voted to create a similar function called brush days, to help residents clear out accumulated yard waste. Hours for drop off are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. A similar program is currently underway due to storm damage to trees in the area.

"Due to the broken limbs from the snow and ice over the past few days, the trustees along with Mr. Taylor have found a place in Clepper Park where the debris can be placed," said Trustee Bob McGee. "It will be marked by signage."

Taylor also advised the trustee that local historian Stanley Wilfert and his cousin Glenn Kendall have completed two years of work mapping out a portion of the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

"Stanley Wilfert and a relative have spent the last two years researching the oldest part of the cemetery," said Taylor. "A lot of the gravestones have faded due to the weather. There are only certain times of the day that they can go out there and catch the sunlight on them so they can be read. They have remapped that entire section of the cemetery, and that is history we would have never had. In 1930 we lost all of those records to a fire, and the oldest of those graves are from 1810."

Taylor said that the township is planning to present a plaque to the two for their work in creating the map and accompanying information. The work completed was donated to the township.

Work on the new township fire station is expected to pick up speed after the contract was officially awarded to Cincinnati United Contractors. Various bids on the new station, which will be located on Bach-Buxton Road, were reviewed by an independent consultant, who recommended the CUC bid.

Toward the end of the meeting, Trustee Barbara Wiedenbein presented her appreciation for the work completed by road crews during the recent winter storms.

"I want to thank Matt Taylor and his employees," said Wiedenbein. "I got calls at home, and it's very seldom that I get calls at home where someone isn't complaining. I was so elated to get calls concerning your service department about snow removal. The last lady said 'those young men were so good out there doing what they were for hour after hour.' You don't hear many good things, but you did a fabulous job."

"I concur, and I think Mr. Beamer does too," added McGee. "We both got calls, and I ran into people who also appreciated what you did."

Trustee Matt Beamer also presented the trustees with a copy of township atlas recently completed by zoning director Cory Wright.

"We've commissioned for 2007 a Union Township road atlas," said Beamer. "This has the listing of all of the township roads, as well as the various department phone numbers. This is available here at the administration office."
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