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Jefferson Township Trustees allow Tillman to finish term (Audio included)

The Jefferson Township Trustees met Tuesday evening, making multiple decisions in the process.

It was decided in a vote that Trustee Chairman Dr. Tim Tillman will be reinstated after a one-day retirement on July 31st to finish out his five months of being a trustee.

The decision will allow Tillman to finish his remaining five months of being a Jefferson Township Trustee. A position that he says is ready for someone new and that he will not be running for a fourth term.

The Ohio Public Employee Retirement System is currently changing regulations regarding reemployed retirees.

To not affect his annuity retirement, Tillman is required to be off of payroll by July 31st with the ability to be reappointed in August to finish out his term.

Fellow trustees Scott Armentrout and Paul Blair each voted to reappoint Dr. Tillman to finish his term.

Multiple community members in attendance at the meeting cited many large projects with the local area and fire department as it being the wrong time for someone new to fill his shoes.

Tillman retired after being a Lake Township Trustee for 22 years. Eight years later, he was elected to the position of Jefferson Township Trustee where he his now continuing out his third four-year term.

“I’m finishing twelve years in Jefferson Township,” Tillman said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it but like I said it’s just time for some younger folks to come on board.”

Listen to Dr. Tim Tillman talk about the meeting

Many other topics were discussed and acted on at the productive meeting.

The trustees approved a plan to work with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) to give the Jefferson Township voting site better handicap accessibility. It was decided to use Quality Paving to complete the work with the state paying 50 percent of the cost and the township providing the other half.

The project will make the location “disabled compatible.” It is now waiting on approval from the Board of Elections.

Another topic discussed at the meeting was the township recycling center. In June, the trustees met with representatives from the Logan County Solid Waste District to discuss plans and benefits of having a recycling center.

The new hub is expected to break ground within the coming weeks and will be placed beside the Tri-Valley Fire Department.

Road work was a major topic of discussion throughout the meeting.

The Ray Hensley Company from Springfield will be working on chip sealing township roads within two weeks.

The township is expecting to have Issue 2 and sales tax money for repaving in 2014. The trustees discussed and felt TR 55 is expected to be the road that will be partially repaved.

Other items discussed included fixes coming to some deteriorating cemetery monument bases, regular structure maintenance, and concerns regarding mowing.

A community concern was also brought up and discussed regarding the fire danger of exploding targets being used in the area.

A resolution was also passed unanimously that would allow money to be moved within funds. The decision comes because of a lower budget and the need to quickly rearrange money for payments within certain funds.

The resolution stands for one year period.

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