Township trustees downsize meeting plans after stay at home order

In response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order in response to the new coronavirus, trustees and staff of this northern Warren County township only met Monday for their regular meeting.

Before the governor’s order Sunday, the Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees was scheduled for a standard meeting, as well as a work session to discuss and gauge trustees’ views on new and evolving issues in the township.

Also Monday, the Springboro Board of Education sent out a brief notice canceling its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

“The Clearcreek Township Board of Trustees’ meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning will be held as scheduled, but ONLY to conduct the business of paying our bills, as is required by Ohio statute. All other agenda items will be deferred to a future date, as yet to be determined,” Administrator Matt Clark said in an email Sunday.

“These measures are a direct result of the Governor’s orders to close all nonessential business operations & to stay at home. We appreciate the Governor’s efforts to slow & reduce the spread of this novel virus, & will willingly comply with his direction to stay separated from others as best we’re able.”

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“Nonessential employees of the Township have been directed to not report, and our Administrative offices are now closed until such time as the Governor permits them to reopen. Emergency services of the Township (police, fire/EMS) will operate as usual, with the exception that their offices & stations are CLOSED to the general public at this time.”

The township, which includes Springboro, is just south of the Montgomery-Warren county line and generally between Springboro and Waynesville.

The Clearcreek Twp. Fire District handles fire and emergency response in Springboro and the township.

The trustees are to reschedule the work session during which they were to discuss finances, facilities and joint economic development districts.

In addition, the trustees were to discuss staffing levels in various departments and “succession planning” in the police department.

The trustees were also scheduled to learn of the status of plans to build sewers in the Red Lion area as well as “residential density”.

Several major stakeholders have indicated they are unready to share in the cost of the sewers, likely delaying the project, Clark said.

“It wasn’t a no. it was a not right now,” Clark said.

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Also the trustees were to be queried about permitting higher density residential developments in areas where public sewers are available.

“We’re getting repeated requests,” Clark said.

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