BUTLER TWP. — Butler Township welcomed two new police officers during Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Chief of Police John Porter administered the oath of office to both officers.
Officer Tim Maples comes to the department from the Brookville Police Department.
“He is an evidence technician and a field training officer, and has extensive Information Technology experience,” said Porter.
Officer Gary Jackson will serve as an auxiliary officer. He recently retired as a sergeant from the Vandalia Police Department.
“We are happy our community will benefit from his continued desire to serve,” Porter said.
The trustees also authorized an agreement with Dynegy as the township’s preferred energy supplier under the electrical aggregation plan approved by voters last November. The contract is for a three-year term at approximately 5.39 cents per kilowatt hour. That rate could fluctuate slightly prior to the final contract due to the nature of energy markets but should be very close to that rate.
The trustees chose Dynegy after hearing a presentation from Scott Belcastro of Trebel, LLC, who is the township’s consultant.
Any resident not currently in a contract with an electricity provider will automatically be placed in the energy aggregation program. Residents will receive notification in approximately the next 10 days and will have the option to opt out of the program.
In other action, the trustees:
- Authorized a transfer of $450,000 from the General Fund to the Police Fund as appropriated from JEDZ collections. Those collections in 2016 were $584,751.91.
- Authorized the purchase of fire protective clothing for the fire department from Phoenix Safety Outfitters in the amount of $16,000, less than the $25,000 budgeted for the expense.
- Authorized Fire Chief Alig to contract with A&E Home Services to repair the roof at Fire Station 89 in the amount of $3,750.
- Authorized Administrator Erika Vogel to sign the Montgomery County Inter-Municipal Waste Services Agreement. This agreement was last updated in 1985 and reflects the township’s current practices according to Vogel’s report.
- Authorized Vogel to buy back two cemetery lots at Polk Grove Cemetery purchased in 1973 that are no longer needed. Under the township’s policy, the graves will be bought back at their original purchase price or $137.50.
The Butler Township Trustees will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. Under its summer schedule, they will hold a workshop meeting on Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.