Township approves zoning for day care

March 19th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

The Union Township board of trustees approved a zoning amendment at its meeting March 10.

Cory Wright, planning director and assistant zoning director, presented the board with a proposal from CUC to build a day care center at 4375 Ferguson Drive. The All About Kids Daycare planned development would be situated on 1.4 acres and hold 10 classrooms. The proposed center would be located next door to a pediatrician office.

Engineer Angelo Santoro addressed the board and showed detailed plans for the building. He reported that the classrooms would be situated around the outside walls and would each have windows to take advantage of lighting. The building would be the first building seen as drivers enter Ferguson Drive and would have landscaping along the pathway to the driveway.

Township Administrator David Duckworth addressed the board at his first official meeting. Duckworth began his job as administrator on March 9.

"Before I give my report, I would just like to say that I am extremely impressed with the staff that I've met in the two days that I've been here," said Duckworth. "I have been treated very well and I'm very impressed with all the employees here."

Union Township has received four proposals to date for the Web site, according to Duckworth. He plans to start evaluating those proposals during the week of March 10 and should have a recommendation for the board by the first meeting in April.

He was unsure of the time-frame for redevelopment of the web site once the board approves.

"The minutes and resolutions are now on the web site," said Duckworth. "If anyone has a need to reference those, they should have access. We are in the process of improving the new development and design of the Web site."

Duckworth announced that he had started a review of the township budget for 2009 and would be sending out the format for the five year budget.

"This will be an ongoing project," said Duckworth. "I will give you a timeline by the next meeting."

Duckworth also gave the board an update on the Federal stimulus program.

"There are several road projects that will directly affect Clermont County. These are projects that are being managed by the county engineers office," said Duckworth. "The cost of the road projects is just shy of $1.8 million. Within the next 30, 60 or 90 days we will have final approval on these projects.

In other business:

• The board approved $100,000, the annual pledged revenue contribution to the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District.

• The board approved the Schoolhouse Road easement procurement.

• The board approved payment of $4,400 for professional services from 2008, to the law office of John Korfhagen.

• Service director Matt Taylor gave a detailed report about projects which are underway including cemetery clean-up, maintenance on lawn mowers, painting at the police department, replacing flags and trimming low hanging branches on township property.

• Union Township Spring Junk Days were announced. They will be held 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, April 20 - 24 and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, April 25. The township will accept anything but hazardous materials, tires, insulation and yard debris.

• The board tabled a resolution to approve annual appropriations until Duckworth has a chance to review the document.

• After discussion, the board approved payment of $4,582 to TEC Engineering with regards to the state Route 450/Union Gateway access break project.

• Angelo Santoro, with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, invited the public to attend the CPO summer concerts slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. The concerts are free and will be held at the Union Township Amphitheater.
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