Union Township Administrator David Duckworth reported on the progress of the State Route 450 Gateway Project to the trustees during their meeting Tuesday, March 24. The required Ohio Department of Transportation modification study is expected to be done sometime in April.
“At that time we would give the study to ODOT for their review,” said Duckworth. “We are hopeful that ODOT will approve the plans and we can finally get this project going. We did meet with the developer on March 19 and it was very productive.”
Duckworth also reported that he would like to plan a work session with all the trustees and department heads in April to develop a five-year budget update.
Duckworth recommended that Union Township place two recycling dumpsters in the township. He reported that they would be well utilized by residents and a good value to residents who want to recycle but do not have any other option. He recommended that one be placed at the civic center and another one be placed in Veterans Park. The board approved the recommendation.
The board approved several contracts, including an agreement between Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency and Union Township Fire Department, a maintenance agreement with Fireblast, an agreement with Multi-Agency Radio Communications Systems and the band J.C. and the Friends.
The board also approved procurement of 21 easements on Schoolhouse Road for the construction project.
In other business:
Union Township Fire Chief Stan Diemling reported that from March 1 - 14, the fire department answered 65 fire calls and 199 EMS runs resulting in 200 transports to local hospitals.
Diemling also reported that employee training was underway on the new computer dispatch program.
The fire department assisted the Union Township Police Department on March 13 on state Route 74 for a suspected meth lab.
Police Chief Terry Zinser reported that Scott Humes, of Cincinnati, had been arrested on March 18, in connection with the Huntington and PNC bank robberies in Union Township. He was also responsible for the aggravated robbery at Taco Bell located on Ohio Pike. An employee of Taco Bell was seriously injured while being attacked with a knife during the robbery.
Humes is also being held in connection with a series of robberies in Hamilton County, Blue Ash, Deer Park, Madeira and Pierce Township. He is currently incarcerated in Butler County on a domestic violence charge.
Also arrested was Arthur Cacaro, who was identified as the person operating the get-away vehicle for some of the armed robberies. Cacaro is incarcerated at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Chief Zinser also reported that the Union Township Communications Center has adopted the United Way 211 program. They will be assisting in calls and passing along information to callers.
Township trustee Matthew Beamer reminded residents that Union Township Spring Junk Days would be held 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, April 20 - 24 and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.
Service Director Matt Taylor presented the board with a bi-monthly report on the work of the service department including cemetery maintenance and park landscaping and maintenance.
Cory Wright, planning and zoning director, reported that permits to build new homes increased over the past month.
Duckworth reported that he would be ready to make a recommendation to the board of trustees regarding the Web site development at the next meeting.
The board approved a number of purchase orders on the recommendation of Duckworth.
The board approved Officer Dean Doerflein, Officer Samantha Fedler and maintenance worker, Nick Spires, be removed from probation.
The board approved a military leave for Officer Terry Kresser, who will be deployed for active duty in April 2009.