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<br />The Washington Township Board of Trustees met in Regular Session May 20, 2013, at 7:30 <br />p.m. at the Washington Township Government Center, 8200 McEwen Road. President Young <br />opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. <br /> <br />PRESENTATION – DP&L – ROBBIE THORNHILL <br /> <br />Ms. Thornhill gave a presentation for DP&L on reliability. DP&L works on strengthening their <br />system all year long—not just during storms. One of their most important and visible <br />maintenance activities is line clearance (tree trimming). Outages due to trees have <br />significantly decreased (about 78%) from 2005 to 2012. Line clearance improves public <br />safety, improves reliability, and preserves tree health. They do not typically trim service drops; <br />however, if it is requested, they will come out and drop the service line while a customer does <br />their own tree trimming and will then hook that service drop back up at no charge. <br /> <br />DP&L also has a pole inspection program. They have around 340,000 poles that they inspect <br />every ten years. Any damaged poles are replaced. <br /> <br />DP&L also inspects 14,000 miles of distribution line every five years and performs monthly <br />inspections of all 154 substations. <br /> <br />In both 2011 and 2012, DP&L invested over $100 million in improvements and upgrades. <br /> <br />FISCAL OFFICER’S BUSINESS <br /> <br />None. <br /> <br />Prior to Citizen Concerns, Mrs. Young noticed a high school student from Centerville High <br />School in the audience. She asked the student to introduce himself and introductions of the <br />Trustees, Fiscal Officer, Administrator and staff were made. <br /> <br />CITIZEN CONCERNS <br /> <br />David Korte, 9341 Paragon Mills Lane, expressed his concern over Paragon Road, which has <br />been closed since September of 2012. He reported that other than trees being torn down, <br />nothing has gone on. As this has inconvenienced many people, he requested an explanation <br />for an unnecessary and prolonged closing of Paragon Road. He believed there is no reason <br />for the road not to be open when there is no real construction taking place. <br /> <br />Ms. Lightle addressed Mr. Korte’s concern by explaining what has occurred with this project <br />and informed him that Barrett Paving, our contractor, will be mobilizing to Paragon Road next <br />week. The project is anticipated to be completed mid-summer or at least completed enough so <br />that the road can be opened. Paragon Road has not been open due to safety concerns. The <br />contractor is not finished with repairs to the bridge and is unwilling to allow traffic on it until he <br />feels it is completely safe. Ms. Lightle assured him that the Township will continue to be <br />diligent and will continue to monitor the project. <br /> <br />Mr. Wanamaker explained the process and some of the obstacles the Township has <br />encountered with this project. He indicated the bridges and culverts were widened and the <br />excavation of the road is the final part. He also explained that the only time the road was shut <br />down for emergency services was when the utility company relocated a 24” high pressure gas <br />line. <br /> <br />Mrs. Young apologized on behalf of all of the elected officials for the inconvenience the <br />residents have experienced and expressed her hope that it ends soon. <br />5/20/13 Page 1 <br /> <br /> <br />