Video of July 14th Avon Township Board meeting
Avon Township officials held their monthly board meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014, with a light agenda that kept the meeting under an hour prior to going into executive session. Before the meeting got underway, Supervisor Lisa Rusch announced that two community members had passed away, Trustee McNeill’s mother and Trustee deGroh’s husband, and asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of them. Attendance was sparse with only three people in the audience which Supervisor Rusch brought up later on in the meeting about an effort to get more public participation in the future. Supervisor Rusch mentioned that the outdoor sign cannot be updated from the office computer due to something happening with the connection. It was decided to wait until the sign gets reloacted closer to the building due to the Washington Street widening and then pay for just one service call to reconnect it and get everything working properly again. Township Clerk, Jeanne Kearby, introduced a young lady who she says has done an outstanding job helping out in the clerk’s office, along with another young lady who volunteers her time.
Supervisor Rusch read her report as well as the Assessor and Highway Commissioner’s reports since neither Assessor Ditton nor Commissioner Kula were in attendance. A multi-page, detailed long-term plan for the township was given to the Supervisor and each Trustee but there was no discussion since Trustee Larsen wanted everyone to have time to review it and then follow up with him with any questions they may have. Discussion then moved to remodeling the two hallway bathrooms with an estimated cost of $5,000 each. After a motion and second to approve the expenditure some discussion took place. The motion and second were eventually withdrawn as the group preferred to get more detailed estimates before approving the expense. Trustee McNeill recalled that the men’s bathroom had been updated awhile back when some plumbing issues were repaired in that area. At the 6:38 minute mark in the video below, you will see Supervisor Rusch proudly displaying the new windows that are being installed in parts of the Center. If you recall, I mentioned in the last meeting’s article that water was coming in during the high wind and rains that night, with puddles forming on the floor around the Township Board’s feet.
Supervisor Rusch asked for a motion to approve outstanding bills and one bill in particular was deleted from the approval and then discussed in executive session before possible approval. No details were given as to why it was discussed further other than that it was (I believe) submitted a year after the work had been performed (or expense incurred). Approval was likely after the executive session, however.
Supervisor Rusch then asked whether the Board would like to move the executive session to later on the agenda and take care of old and new business so that the audience members could leave if they wanted to. That was approved. Supervisor Rusch then talked about an emergency situation that occured at the neighboring health department (same building) where an elderly man went into cardiac arrest and everyone rushed to get the emergency heart defibrillator only to find that the battery was dead. The expected lifespan of these units is about five years and the one in the emergency cabinet was purchased in 2008. The emergency warning alarm that lets everyone know that the cabinet had been opened also had a dead battery. Rusch noted that these units are not annually inspected like fire extinguishers and alarms but are just something similar to having a well-stocked first aid kit on hand. The unit’s manufacturer is no longer in business but batteries can still be purchased for $900.00. It was decided to purchase two new ones from manufacturers still in business at a cost of $1300.00 each, one for the Township Center and one for the Highway Department. (911 Emergency crews arrived and stabilized the elderly gentleman) There was a short discussion to hold the annual Touch-A-Truck in September but no exact date was set since they wanted to make sure the date didn’t conflict with other local events that may be planned.
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