BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Longtime Butler Township Trustee Doug Orange said goodbye Monday.
In his final meeting Monday as a trustee, Orange received a proclamation declaring January 2016 as “Doug Orange Month.” He also received a wooden plaque that displays a gavel.
“I want to thank all the township employees over the years,” Orange said. “I’ve worked with so many great people. It’s been a very impressive experience.”
Township Administrator Kimberly Lapensee characterized Orange as a “great leader for the township.” Moreover, she said, “Doug has been a real asset as a trustee with his knowledge and direction for the good of the township.”
Orange, who served 20 years as a trustee, lost his trustee seat to Joe Flanagan in the recent election. Flanagan is slated to join the trustees in January.
Trustee Mike Lang was appointed as President of the Board of Trustees for 2016 over the objections of Trustee Nick Brusky. Brusky moved to table the organizational resolution until January with the intention of Flanagan becoming President.
The motion to table was voted down and the organizational resolution passed 2-1 but will likely be overturned in January according to Lang.
“They (Brusky and Flanagan) can do what they want to do in January,” he said.
The split between Brusky, Flanagan, and Lang was also apparent when the Trustees adjourned to an executive session to discuss personnel matters.
Brusky moved to include Flanagan in the executive session, but was again thwarted by Lang and Orange on a 2-1 vote.
In other matters, the Trustees approved more than a dozen resolutions, most dealing with routine procedures such a salary ranges, policy manual and real estate taxes.
Resolution 15-100 however, concerns the completion of the township logo street sign project that calls for six more signs to be installed along Dixie Drive and Benchwood.
Resolution 14-101 calls for a new lighting agreement with Miami Valley Lighting, LLC, and DPL Energy Resources. Lapensee said it asks for the 5 percent rate increase in 201-21-2025.
Resolution 15-102 concerns the continuing township membership in the Business First Program with the Montgomery County Commission, The Business First Program strengthens economic development for communities in the Miami Valley.
Resolution 15-103 calls for the replacement of the government center’s HVAC system with a new system valued at approximately $2,500. Lapensee said the upgrade is needed after experiencing mechanical problems over the past three years.
In other business, three township firefighters – Mike Harmon, Tyler Littleton and Matthew James Spreyer – have resigned from the department.
The next Butler Township Trustees meeting is slated Monday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center located at the Fire Station on Little York Road.
Vandalia Drummer News Editor Darrell Wacker contributed to this story.