Miami Twp. trustees declined Monday to continue contracting with a Columbus-based public relations firm.
The trustees considered a $5,000 a month contract with Strategic Public Partners extending — at a lower rate — an agreement approved in February.
The firm already has been paid $35,000 under the past contract.
“I just don’t think we are getting our bang for our buck,” Trustee Mike Nolan said after the meeting.
Trustee Deborah Preston directed Administrator Greg Rogers to bring items like this into a work session before presenting them to trustees for a formal vote. Trustee Charlie Lewis made no comment.
Last Thursday, Rogers provided trustees a letter explaining the six-month extension at the reduced rate. After the meeting, Rogers said he would consult with the trustees, but did not expect the issue to be considered again.
In February, Strategic Public Partners was hired along with an internal auditor while Preston was president of the board, at the same meeting where the trustees approved a termination agreement with Administrator Greg Hanahan.
“We don’t have a PIO (public information officer) like other cities and townships do, and we’re engaging a consultant to help us ascertain whether that would benefit the township,” Preston said at the time.
Also Monday, the trustees voted to contract with Montgomery County for up to $10,000 for set-up of a system for information technology services for the township police department and sold furniture to Beavercreek for $16,500 previously used by the township’s dispatchers.
Also the trustees agreed to handle maintenance of four streets spanning 4,000 feet in the Exchange at Spring Valley, a development along Ohio 741 owned by the Oberer Cos. And Ron Hess, a former police captain in Miamisburg, was pinned during a ceremony at the meeting. Hess remains interim chief of the Miami Twp. Police Department.