Butler Township prepares to move meetings

Right now, the trustees are waiting for the finishing touches to be done at Fire Station 88, according to Kim Lapensee, Butler Township administrator.

“The building is probably about 99 percent done, but we could not move in on the township side because we had to have a handicap-accessible parking lot.” Lapensee said. “The parking lot was not ready because of the weather.”

The new parking lot is being put in and the work includes replacing some drain lines and enlarging the lot. Paving could begin this week.

There are five Butler Township fire personnel and two Vandalia fire personnel housed at the Little York Road property. They are operating under a temporary occupancy designation.

The township spent $2.5 million in borrowed money to renovate Fire Station 88 and add a 1,200-square-foot meeting hall. Construction started in May 2013.

The plan is to pay back the loan during a 20-year period from the fire levy funds.

In April 2013, Lapensee told the Dayton Daily News the township would use some of the money left over from the tax increment financing districts to pay down the principal owed to shorten the length of the loan.

The new township meeting hall will allow for digital recordings of meetings via video and audio and also make it easier for visitors to make computer presentations.

Township administrative offices will remain at the government center at 3510 Sudachi Drive, which also houses the police department. However, all night trustee meetings will take place at the Little York Road address after May 1. These meetings include zoning commission and board of zoning appeals.

The township purchased the Sudachi building in 2011 and made renovations to accommodate administrative and police personnel.

The township has put its old administrative building, which is over 50 years old, township hall at 8524 N. Dixie Dr. and the old police building at 8526 N. Dixie Dr. up for sale, according to Lapensee.

“They have been up for sale for about a year and a half now and we haven’t had any bites on them,” she said. “We still have to figure out what we’re going to do with them. Whether we are going to tear the two buildings down and just try to sell the two vacant lots that we have there, whether we tear the police building down and we try to just sell the township hall itself and the vacant lot next door.

“It’s something our trustees are going to have to make a decision on here shortly.”

Township trustees are scheduled to meet in a workshop session at 5 p.m. and in regular session at 7 p.m. on April 28. The meeting after that will be held May 12.

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