BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Butler Township Police Officer Brian Brown was named Officer of the Year for 2015. A presentation was made at a meeting of the Butler Township Trustees on Monday.
Trustee President Mike Lang said that Brown is “highly respected by the department and our community” during the presentation.
Lang said that Officer Brown’s self-initiated activity was “second to none” and cited tasks such as traffic enforcement, performing vacant house and permit holder checks, and looking for suspicious activity.
“(Officer Brown) completed all of these tasks and still found time to patrol Butler Township’s neighborhoods and make hundreds of residential contacts in order just to say ‘hello’ and ask how the residents were doing,” said Lang. “His performance and actions are the essence of what is expected from a Butler Township Patrol Officer.”
Brown’s presentation came after Fiscal Officer Mark Adams was sworn in by Lang.
The Trustees also appointed members to the recently formed Butler Township Budget Commission. Trustee Mike Lang has chosen Jack Woods as his direct appointment; Trustee Nick Brusky has chosen Ken Betz as his direct appointment; and Trustee Joe Flanagan has chosen Greg Brush as his direct appointment.
Brush is currently the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts.
Two other appointments to the five-person commission are David Mohler and Sherry Edwards.
The commission is expected to be sworn in within the next few weeks and begin the task of organizing.
In other action, the Trustees:
- Authorized the Acting Township Administrator Erika Vogel to purchase three mowers from Wagoner Power Equipment at a cost of $27,845.26.
- Authorized Vogel to purchase two Chevy Tahoes for the Fire Department at the state bid price at a cost of $80,000. The vehicles being replaced were due to be replaced previously but were not due to budget concerns.
- Authorized Vogel to continue a service agreement with Hyper-Reach for emergency notification service at a cost of $4,750. The system provided automated weather alerts, mapping, and other functionality. Fire Chief Dan Alig noted that the system proved effective after a tornado warning was issued for the northern part of the Township in March. The annual payment is the second in a three-year agreement running through March 2018 with the City of Vandalia.
- Declared various radios and mowers as surplus and authorized their sale on GovDeals.com.
The Butler Township Trustees will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall, 3780 Little York Road.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.