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The Washington Township Board of Trustees met in Regular Session on January 14, 2008, at <br />7:30 p.m. at the Washington Township Government Center, 8200 McEwen Road. President <br />Young opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. <br />MINUTES OF PRECEEDING MEETINGS <br />Since the last Trustee meeting was held just a week ago, there was not enough time to <br />prepare the minutes. Therefore, no Trustee meeting minutes were approved. <br />FISCAL OFFICER'S BUSINESS <br />None. <br />CITIZEN CONCERNS <br />John Gintz, 1035 Kentshire, asked a State Highway Patrolman if there is an agreement that <br />requires Washington Township to patrol 1 -675. The patrolman's response was "no... but they <br />can come up anytime they want. We welcome all the help we can get." Captain Osterfeld <br />indicated that there is no agreement in place and that they can patrol any portions of the <br />County that they choose to patrol. Mr. Gintz expressed the opinion of some friends that <br />Washington Township could be doing a lot better with Township patrols by putting the officers <br />on Clyo Road, Nutt Road, Spring Valley Pike, Rooks Road, or West Whipp Road, and not on <br />the highway. He also indicated that the liability rate for a cruiser is much higher on the <br />highway than on local streets and he wanted to know why the Township did not make the best <br />use of its cruisers by putting them on local streets and letting the State Highway Patrol take <br />care of 1 -675. He pointed out that he has the same question for the City of Centerville who <br />also occasionally patrols 1 -675. <br />Mr. Huff pointed out that the Township is responsible for EMS runs on 1 -675. If an accident <br />occurs on I -675, it is typically much worse than it would be on a local road. Mr. Huff added that <br />a balance is needed throughout the Township for protecting the residents that use the <br />roadway system and the Township should not rely strictly on the State Highway Patrol to <br />protect its residents. He also noted that, even though they are not there very often, the State <br />Highway Patrol also patrols St. Rt. 725 and St. Rt. 48. <br />CONSOLIDATED DISPATCH <br />For the past year, Washington Township has been actively involved in evaluating whether to <br />have the Township's fire dispatch join the Sheriff's consolidated dispatch center at the Mound. <br />The Washington Township Fire Department is a combination fire department, which includes <br />volunteers who need to be tracked to assure equipment is in service in the evenings and <br />weekends. In addition, the Washington Township Fire Department monitors 41 fire alarm <br />panels. At this time it does not appear to be advantageous for the Washington Township Fire <br />Department to join the consolidated dispatch center. Washington Township will continue to <br />keep an open mind about the joint dispatch center in the future and wishes the Sheriff and all <br />of the participating jurisdictions success. <br />It was moved by Mr. Snyder, seconded by Mr. Blair, that the Board adopts the Resolution <br />entitled Montgomery County Dispatch, which resolves that the Washington Township Fire <br />Dispatch will remain in Washington Township. <br />Vote on Motion: Snyder, aye; Blair, aye; Young, aye. R2008 -001 <br />01/14/08 <br />