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<br /> <br />The Washington Township Board of Trustees met in Special Session on February 25, 2008, at <br />6:00 p.m. at the Washington Township Government Center, 8200 McEwen Road. President <br />Young opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. <br /> <br />STEEN & COMPANY REPORT <br /> <br />Mrs. Young thanked everyone for coming. She indicated this is a Special meeting with the <br />purpose of presenting a report from Steen & Company from Columbus, Ohio. Washington <br />Township has a long history of providing a vast array of services to residents in a cost-effective <br />manner. Washington Township is also committed to providing our residents with full, <br />comprehensive information relevant to our finances. The Trustees are proud to report that our <br />current financial standing is stable and healthy. As many of you are aware, the City of <br />Centerville was not only invited to hear the study results from Wade Steen, but to hear the <br />presentation from the University of Toledo. Initially, it appeared that City officials would be <br />joining us this evening; however, the Mayor later declined the offer, expressing concern about <br />both reports being discussed together at one meeting. <br /> <br />As a point of background information, the City and Township asked the University of Toledo to <br />determine if potential cost savings could result from combining any functions of the two local <br />governments, and to examine positive and negative consequences to merging departments. <br />The City and Township had a joint meeting about a year ago. At that meeting, it was decided <br />that if either entity wanted more information over and beyond the agreed upon scope, the <br />entity could contract individually for that work. <br /> <br />The Trustees were concerned that the University of Toledo report was too narrow in scope as <br />it did not evaluate the financial standing of each entity. So, in June, 2007, when the Trustees <br />authorized the University of Toledo study, they decided to contract with Steen & Company for <br />a more comprehensive evaluation of the City of Centerville and Washington Township <br />finances. Their report provides a balance sheet of City and Township assets and liabilities. It <br />was their intent that the Steen report would supplement the University of Toledo report. Mrs. <br />Young thanked the City of Centerville and the Mayor and the City Manager for their <br />cooperation as Wade Steen prepared his report. <br /> <br />Mrs. Young asked Township Administrator Jesse Lightle to introduce Wade Steen. Before <br />that, however, she recognized the Boy Scouts in attendance for their citizenship badge. She <br />introduced the Trustees and asked Administrator Lightle to introduce staff members. Mrs. <br />Lightle did so and then, at Mrs. Young’s request, introduced Wade Steen. <br /> <br />Administrator Lightle indicated that Mr. Steen has vast experience with both city and township <br />governments. Mr. Steen has served as Deputy State Auditor and President of the Ohio <br />Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). He is a long-time member of the GFOA <br />Education Committee and is an elected city council member in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Staff <br />was asked to video tape Mr. Steen’s presentation so that the tape can be used later. She <br />introduced Rich Palmer who will be video taping the presentation. Following Mr. Steen’s <br />report, Trustees will have the opportunity to ask questions and then the floor will be opened to <br />the residents. Mrs. Young will be facilitating a question and answer period. Everyone was <br />asked to come up to the microphone and state their name and address for the record and to <br />ask one question at a time. Since there is a large crowd, she wanted to give everyone the <br />opportunity to participate in the question and answer period. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />02/25/08 <br /> 1 <br /> <br />