BUTLER TWP. — The Butler Township Trustees began preparing for the absence of Administrator Erika Vogel at Monday’s meeting. Dan Alig, the Township’s Fire Chief, was appointed Acting Administrator with those responsibilities beginning when Vogel begins maternity leave sometime in October.
The trustees also reduced their meeting schedule to one meeting per month during Vogel’s expected leave. The normal meeting schedule will resume in January, at least for now.
Trustee Joe Flanagan suggested that the trustees consider changing how the meetings are structured. He prefers to have one meeting each month be a workshop, or discussion meeting, with the second meeting be a standard business meeting. Flanagan suggested the workshop meeting be held around tables in the township hall.
Vogel noted that there may be some technical hurdles to overcome due to microphones and recording the meetings. Trustee Mike Lang wasn’t in favor of the suggestion, but the issue was left for further discussion.
In other action, the trustees approved a settlement agreement between the township and Levin Porter Associates and Dynamix Engineering. The township will receive $82,500 in compensation for faulty HVAC design and installation when the township hall was built in 2012.
A new system was installed in 2015 and the $82,500 represents half of the cost of that system.
“A settlement amount was agreed up0n by both parties in an effort to avoid the expense and uncertainty of arbitration,” said Vogel in her report to the trustees.
The trustees also approved the township’s benefit packages for employees for 2017. The township saw a 9.09% increase in health benefits while moving to a high-deductible, Health Savings Account plan and away from a traditional PPO. Vogel said the move saved the approximately $21,000. Employees contribute 10% of their monthly premiums.
Increases in life, dental, and eye coverage was negligible or no increase at all.
The trustees also:
- Amended the revenue and appropriations budget for 2016 due to an increase in revenue to the Harson, Singing Ridge, and Morris TIFs. Because more revenue came in than budgeted, the township also owes the Vandalia-Butler City Schools more than budgeted.
- Accepted the tax and levy rates determined by the Montgomery County Budget Commission and certified them to the County Auditor. This is an annual process.
- Appointed Police Chief John Porter to the Butler Township JEDZ Board and Alig to the Butler Township-City of Dayton and the Butler Township-City of Vandalia JEDD Boards.
The Butler Township Trustees will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Butler Township Hall.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.