By Linda Collins
Fairborn Daily Herald
MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP — The Mad River Township Board of Trustees held their 2017 organizational meeting, followed by a regular and work session, on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
According to Township Trustee President Robert McClure Jr., the organizational meeting is held each year to establish regular meeting times, select officers, appoint committee representatives and determine operational procedures for the New Year.
The township trustees will continue to hold regular township sessions the first and third Mondays of each month at the Enon and Mad River Township Fire and EMS station, located at 260 E. Main St. in Enon. Informal sessions will begin at 7 p.m., followed by regular sessions at 7:30 p.m. However, when a regular session falls on a federal holiday, township trustees will meet the following evening at the regular scheduled time of 7:30 p.m. When necessary, work sessions will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the fire and EMS station, unless trustees specify a different time or location. All regular and work sessions are open to the public.
The Board of Trustees may call a special session for any time and at any place by following legal requirements for public notice. Township trustees must provide a 24-hour notice to local media outlets prior to the session, and all discussions during the special session will be limited to the business stated in the notice. Alike regular and work sessions, special sessions are open to the public.
Township trustees decided to continue the routine rotation of officers. Trustee Kathy Estep, who held the office of vice president last year, will serve as president of the board of trustees for 2017. Trustee Joe Catanzaro, who previously served as the member at large, will perform the duties of vice president; and Trustee McClure, who served as the 2016 board president, will serve as the member at large.
Township trustees will also continue to jointly oversee the Hustead and Enon and Mad River Township Fire and EMS Departments, as well as the Clark County Planning and Parks Committee, township roads, and the Enon and Mud Run Cemeteries. McClure will remain as the township’s representative to the planning and parks committee, and Estep will continue to serve as a member of the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee.
The trustees agreed that township residents would have the option to contact any trustee to handle any type of road issue or township matter. Residents are encouraged to visit the township website for contact information.
“All department heads will also have the option to approach any trustee about any issue as well,” Catanzaro noted.
Following the annual organizational meeting, trustees reconvened for a regular township session.
The first regular session of the New Year began with the trustees unanimously approving Township Fiscal Officer David Rudy request to proceed with temporary appropriations up to $2 million in order to pay any unpaid bills until the end of the fiscal year at the end of March.
In other business, Enon/Mad River Fire and EMS Chief Tracy Young presented his report for the first three days of 2017, which included 19 runs. On Jan. 2, the department responded to a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a mutual aid response to a three-car accident in Bethel Township.
Young reported that the fire and EMS associations’ appreciation banquet would be held at the Enon VFW on Saturday, Jan. 14. Young stated that he is reviewing a Safe and Sound program that will serve the Hustead area and Green Township. He also told trustees that engine #2 had been turned over to Clark State Community College.
Trustee McClure stated that the new, recently purchased dump truck had been delivered to the township garage, and township officials were awaiting a call from the business establishment that will be installing the new truck bed and snowplow. Township trustees also determined that the construction of a new road in the Enon Cemetery would begin in early spring.
Trustee Catanzaro told those in attendance that he had reached out to Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett and the Village of Enon about establishing a meeting with the new sheriff. Burchett, the first female sheriff to serve in Clark County, defeated 30-year incumbent Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly during the November election.
“I think it would be great to get acquainted with the new sheriff and ask her about her plans for the future,” said Catanzaro.
The next regular session of the Mad River Township Board of Trustees will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 due to the timing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.