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The Washington Township Board of Trustees met in Regular Session on January 10, 2005, at <br />7:30 p.m. at the Washington Township Government Center, 8200 McEwen Road. President <br />Blair led the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. <br />MINUTES OF PRECEEDING MEETINGS <br />It was moved by Mr. Snyder, seconded by Mr. Blair, that the Board approves the minutes of <br />the Regular meeting held December 29, 2004. <br />Vote on Motion: Snyder, aye; Blair, aye; Young, aye. M2005 -020 <br />CLERK'S BUSINESS <br />None. <br />CITIZEN CONCERNS <br />None. <br />STATE OF THE TOWNSHIP REPORT <br />State of the Township <br />January 10, 2005 <br />Terrence L. Blair <br />It is customary for the outgoing president of the Board to give a report on the "State of the <br />Township ". That customary report will not be given by me this year, because Washington <br />Township has developed a very good communication mechanism, and I will leave it to others <br />to report on the accomplishments and services of the citizens' government. What I chose to <br />do this year is to discuss the "State of Government" which I feel is a far more important matter <br />to discuss with our citizens. <br />It is my firm belief that Township government is one of the simplest and most effective forms of <br />local government in existence today. And, local government is still the most visible and <br />provides most of the basic services to citizens — in short, it is the most critical of governments. <br />Simply stated, a government is an organization through which a political unit (the citizens of <br />Washington Township) exercises authority and performs functions. Government is not a re- <br />distributor of wealth. It is not a proxy for parenting. It is not a mechanism for imposing the will <br />of a few on the many. In fact, there are many things that government is not. But what it is and <br />what it can do best is to provide services to the citizens — services that are best provided <br />collectively. Services like Police, Fire and Emergency medical service, maintaining public <br />roadways, and protecting the quality of life for its citizens through land use and recreational <br />opportunities. And the government of Washington Township performs these quite well. <br />For the past seventeen years of my life, it has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of this <br />community. And, over that same period, it has been my passion to preserve the Township form <br />of government for the citizens. Preserving such a form of government requires a constant <br />vigilance — a vigilance to assure that this government will attempt no more than it ought. The <br />British Historian, Thomas Babington Macaulay, wrote: <br />01110105 <br />