Union Township Web site is nearly complete

August 27th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

During the Union Township meeting Aug. 11, officials got a first look at the Web site redesign. Information technology director Chip Stewart presented a “live” update to the board showcasing many of the features available on the site.

“A share board will be available on the new web site,” said Stewart. “Each department will be able to update the calendar and quick links will make the site more user friendly. There is a really nice search feature built into this site compared to the present site. We are running a little ahead of schedule and it should be completed by early September.”

There is still work to be completed on the content management system and according to township administrator David Duckworth, there will also be a photo gallery function on the new site.

Duckworth reminded officials that a public auction was scheduled 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. The auction will be held at the Union Township Service Department located 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. It will include surplus items from the police department, fire department and service department. There will be surplus vehicles, machinery, tools and office equipment as well as confiscated, seized, and unclaimed property.

The public is invited to inspect the items at 9 a.m. with the auction beginning 10 a.m..

In other business:

• According to service director Matt Taylor, plans are moving forward for the Lantern Lighting Ceremony at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. The second annual event is scheduled 5 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The cemetery staff has assembled 112 additional candle platforms for a total of 279 platforms for the ceremony.

• Planning and zoning director Cory Wright told trustees that permit activity was down considerably during the month of July. His report showed revenue from permits at $3,311 in July compared to $11,948 in June. He noted that there were 73 permits issued in June. In comparison to the previous year, there were 69 permits issued in July 2008 and only 36 issued in July 2009. He was hopeful that August would be a better month citing that as of Aug. 6, he had issued 52 permits and revenue had surpassed that of July.

• The board approved a resolution to proceed with a 2.95 mill public safety tax levy on the November ballot.

• Fire Chief Stan Deimling reported that Union Township Fire Department had responded to 452 emergency medical responses in July. Department personnel had made 426 patient contacts which resulted in 294 hospital transports. Personnel also instructed 72 students in CPR.

• The Union Township communications center handled 5,085 calls for service for police, fire and EMS service in July according to a report by Police Chief Terry Zinser. The patrol division handled 489 incident reports, 136 crashes and conducted 547 traffic stops resulting in 275 citations and 317 warnings. Detectives were called out for three cases in July including breaking and entering at Dillards; jewelry theft at Fred Myers in Eastgate Mall and a bank robbery at Center Bank.

• Duckworth reminded residents of upcoming concerts DV8 will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. The free concerts will be held at the amphitheater located behind the civic center on Aicholtz Road.

• Taylor reported that the service department had filled potholes on six township roads including, Beechmont Drive, Minute Man Drive, Terrace View Drive, Windgate Drive, Bells Lane and Marjorie Drive. He also noted that repairs were made on cross tiles and catch basins on Klatte Road.
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