BUTLER TOWNSHIP – While the headline of last week’s Butler Township Trustees’ meeting was the approval of a resolution to place a Limited Home Rule form of government before voters, the Trustees also approved several other items.
Those included two personnel matters, the appointment of Jason Auberzinsky as a Fire Captain and Ian Greer as a part-time firefighter. Auberzinsky assumes the captain’s position that was created by the retirement of Mike Blakesly.
The Trustees also authorized Township Administrator Kim Lapensee to enter into an agreement with Stan & Associates, Inc. to repair the heating and air conditioning at the Government Center at a cost not to exceed $26,352.
Lapensee said that while the Township will be spending the funds to repair the system that is less than two years old, the Township does expect to recoup much of the costs through either litigation or arbitration.
Trustee Mike Lang voiced frustration with the problem.
“It has never worked properly since day one,” he said.
The Trustees also authorized Lapensee to contract with the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) for its property and general liability insurance.
The township’s renewal is $42,683 versus last year’s $42,951. In addition, the township will receive a distribution of excess reserve funds of $2944.41.
Lapensee told the Trustees that the township’s insurance is down from around $80,000 just a few years ago.
During the workshop prior to the business meeting, Assistant Administrator Erika Vogel told the audience that a new bucket lift, mostly paid for by a Safety Intervention grant from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) was on display in the parking lot. The bucket lift was installed on an existing township vehicle.
The BWC paid $31,500 with Butler Township paying $10,500.
“We feel that this intervention is the perfect opportunity to make the working conditions safer for our employees,” said the township’s grant application.
The application said the bucket lift would “utilize the bucket, in lieu of ladders and other unsafe situations, for replacing street signs, replacing lights, tree trimming of trees in the right-of-way, as well as other general maintenance throughout the Township.”
The application also said that the fire department would use the bucket lift for current tasks conducted by ladder.
“The bucket lift attachment and platform is very cost effective, as we already have the proper equipment to attach the bucket lift to. The proposed intervention would be a win-win situation for both the employer and the employees,” the application concludes.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983.