Dildine retires as a township trustee; plus other Madison Township news

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Sworn in as a Madison Township trustee in 2010, Ed Dildine (right) attended one of his last regular meetings as a trustee on Dec. 14 and was presented a flag by Trustee Chairman John Pritchard that was flown over the township offices.

The end of the year also closes the books on a long history of public service and public by Ed Dildine as he prepares for his last meeting as a Madison Township trustee on Dec. 28.

Dildine started as a Madison Township firefighter in May 1979, where he worked until his retirement in 2009. He later ran for trustee and was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2010 and served the township for a combined total of 43 years. Dildine said he became a firefighter to help people and was happy to continue to do that as a trustee.

A 1967 graduate of Groveport Madison High School, Dildine was honored for his 12 years as an elected official during the Dec. 14 Madison Township trustees’ meeting when he was presented an encased flag from Trustee Chairman John Pritchard, a flag that was flown over each township building.

“When he came on the board, I was still a trustee,” reported Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst. “You’ve been extremely supportive and have a lot of insight.”

Local Firefighters Union 2507 President Rashid Taylor said he had worked alongside Dildine as a firefighter in addition to collaborating with him as a trustee.

“His job and passion were not to be a firefighter and trustee, but to make a difference in other peoples’ lives,” said Taylor before telling Dildine he has the appreciation of the union for all he has done for township firefighters.

Other Madison Township news
•The trustees approved moving their regular meeting dates in 2022 to the third Thursday of each month. However, the annual organizational meeting will take place on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m.

•As announced in November, the township’s gas aggregation contract with Columbia Gas has expired and all residents enrolled in the program were returned to the gas company’s standard pricing default.

“We did not renew…because rates were so high there was no savings for residents,” said Brobst.

According to communications specialist Jessica Woodworth, the township does anticipate another aggregation contract in the future, although an exact date is not known. Consultant Trebel LLC is watching gas rates continuously and will secure a contracted rate when prices drop.

“This will allow Treble to shop for us,” said Brobst, regarding a resolution giving permission to the company to pursue lower gas and electric rates and to secure those rates with the approval of the trustees.

•The trustees authorized Brobst to submit a grant application for state capital funds to improve drainage at Brobst Park.

“We continue to have more and more issues with flooding at the park,” said Brobst. “Last week, due to a lot of rain, we had to close the park early.”

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