Butler Township News

Staff report

BUTLER TWP. — News and events from Butler Township:

Fire Prevention Week

October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week in the township and this year’s theme is Every second counts: Plan 2 ways out!

In a fire, seconds, count. Seconds can determine whether you and your family will escape safely from a fire or not.

That’s why the Butler Township Fire Department is joining departments across the country in promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” – and the message that every household needs an escape plan.

Here are this year’s life saving tips:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exists from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children house to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearing marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

New Service Department worker

Stephen “Joey” Wilkerson joined the Service Department as the newest service worker in July. He most recently worked in the City of Fairborn’s Water and Sewer Department and was excited for the Butler Township opportunity because he has family living in the area.

Joey currently lives in Miamisburg and enjoys spending time outdoor, hunting and fishing. In addition to his government background, Joey also has excavation and farming experience.

New Service Department Leader

New to Butler Township is Service Department Director Jeff Barnett. He comes to his new position from the City of Kettering, where he served as a street department supervisor.

Prior to his eight years with Kettering, Jeff worked in the tool and die industry. He also served in the United States Marine Corp, attached to the Washington, D.C.-based Marine Security Forces.

Jeff and his wife, Debbie, live in Germantown with their four children. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, hobby farming and getting involved with his children’s sports and activities.

Supervisor retires after 40 years

Doug Brunk retired from Butler Township on August 31st after 40 years of dedicated service. Doug’s township career began in 1977, when he was hired as a laborer making $4 per hour. He worked his way up in leadership roles and had held the title of Service Department Supervisor for the past 10 years.

“Doug has been an exemplary employee for Butler Township,” said Township Administrator Erika Vogel. “He has made significant contributions to our roadway maintenance and services, residents’ safety and welfare, and the department’s leadership. We wish him the best!”

Leaf Pick Up

Butler Township residents will again this fall receive leaf pick-up as part of the trash removal service. Here are the details:

Leave your filled leaf bags out for pick up on your regular service trash day.

Leaf pickup runs from October 15 through December 15.

DO NOT rake your leaves into the street or gutter. They will not be picked up from there.

Questions? Please contact Rumpke Waste at 937-461-0004 or Butler Township at 937-898-6735.


Staff report

Reach the Butler Township Government Center at 898-6735.

Reach the Butler Township Government Center at 898-6735.