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The Washington Township Board of Trustees met in Regular Session on January 6, 2014, 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 />SWEARING -IN OF SCOTT PAULSON AND JOYCE YOUNG AS TRUSTEES AND MATT <br />FRANKLIN AS ZONING COMMISSION MEMBER <br />Mr. Zobrist swore in Mr. Franklin first, then Mrs. Young and Mr. Paulson. <br />STATE OF THE TOWNSHIP <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />2013 State of the Township Report — The Year in Review <br />PRESENTED JANUARY 6, 2014 <br />By Joyce Young, President <br />Washington Township Board of Trustees <br />Montgomery County, Ohio <br />It is an honor and a privilege to sum up the year 2013 for Washington Township. When I asked <br />my colleagues to summarize their impressions of the year, I received overwhelmingly positive <br />comments. Dale Berry believes that participation in our community is truly outstanding. Fiscal <br />Officer Tom Zobrist states that the township is in a good position. Scott Paulson concludes that <br />we are growing with new development towards a beautiful future. You will hear echoes of their <br />comments in my report. <br />The year started out on a high note when the results of a periodic citizen survey indicated that <br />residents are pleased with Township services and satisfied with the Township as a good place <br />to live. The survey, conducted by the Wright State Center for Urban and Public Affairs, <br />documented that seven of nine services — fire and EMS, police protection, recreation, public <br />works, land use planning, development, administration — received satisfaction levels of 97% or <br />above. These high marks make us resolved to continue working to improve the services that <br />residents expect. <br />As an example of our resolution to continue improvement, the Fire Department achieved <br />reaccreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, representing the <br />highest standard of excellence. It is the only accredited fire department in the Miami Valley and <br />one of nine in Ohio. Our fire staff has aimed for continuous improvement to achieve the <br />reaccreditation and will continue to strive for progress in all areas. <br />The good news continued in May when voters approved two five -year levies, a 4.65 -mill Fire <br />levy and a .7 -mill Recreation levy. The citizens who volunteered in the "Yes for Rec" and Fire <br />Levy Campaign cheered when both levies passed by over 60% because they had worked hard <br />to communicate how essential these levies are to our quality of life. The Rec Center levy pays <br />about 43% of recreation expenses; and the fire levy will allow the Fire Department to keep up <br />with the increasing volume of calls, while offsetting decreasing state and property tax revenue. <br />1/06/14 Pagel <br />