Butler Township formally opposes Union annexation


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



BUTLER TWP. — The City of Dayton or the City of Union? Which of those cities will annex over 500 acres of Butler Township near the Dayton International Airport is a decision that’s now in the hands of the Montgomery County Commissioners.

Butler Township Trustees passed three resolutions related to the annexation on Monday – one that consents to Dayton’s petitions to annex land it already owns – and two resolutions to oppose Union’s attempts to annex the same land.

The annexation by Union is being opposed on technical grounds, the only reason legally Butler Township can object.

The real reason, however, is attempting to block Union from annexing down to U.S. 40 and, eventually, south of the highway.

“We don’t want Union to annex land south of 40 so its important to keep this land out of the hands of Union,” said Board of Trustees President Mike Lang.

Trustee Nick Brusky was less pleasant in his assessment.

“Dayton has been a good neighbor to work with and the City of Union hasn’t been a good neighbor to work with,” he said. “We prefer the land to stay in the Township.”

In other action, the Trustees authorized Township Administrator Erika Vogel to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 957 for administrative office staff. The proposed contract would provide for wage increases of 2.25 percent lump sum payment in January of 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The Trustees also approved entering into an agreement for Crime Lab Services through the Miami Valley Crime Laboratory at a net cost of $12,809.51 for 2017. The fee is based on a five-year average of service requests and is slightly lower than the $13,000 average of the past three budget cycles.

Finally, the Trustees approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with Aullwood Audubon Center to provide uniformed police officers at special events. Aullwood would pay $65.00 per hour which is the same rate currently paid by Christian Life Center for similar services.

Vogel also announced that Trebel, LLC would hold an informational meeting about electrical aggregation before the October 3 Trustees meeting at 6:30 p.m. Trebel will be the Township’s broker if the aggregation issue is passed by voters in November.

The Butler Township Trustees will hold their next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Butler Township Hall.

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By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.