Madison township expands public comment at trustees’ meetings

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Madison Township residents who want to speak with the trustees during their meetings will now have a second opportunity to do so—the first right after new business discussion and then again after department reports.

“I’m in favor of it,” said Trustee Michele Reynolds. “I don’t think it hurts to have an engaged public.”

While the idea garnered support from the board, trustees wanted the comment periods to not serve as a free-for-all, but to have structure and go through a trial period.

Trustee Ed Dildine said he was in favor of a six-month trial period.

“My only concern is once we announce an ability to comment is to get comments in a reasonable period of time,” said Chairman John Pritchard. “We can handle it this way and see how it works.”

Other township news
•For the second year in a row, the Madison Township Fire Department cancelled its annual Easter egg hunt due to the ongoing pandemic.

Fire Chief Derek Robinson said in light of current events, the firefighter’s union decided yet again to cancel the popular event.

“We’re so close to getting through this, we don’t want to jeopardize a breakout,” said Robinson, who said Local 2507 union members and the township supported the idea.

•Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst said Metro Parks is asking the township for a letter of support in their pursuit of a Clean Ohio Fund grant to acquire farm land along Hayes and Braun roads for future park land.

Brobst said the park system wants to purchase the parcels and make improvements.

“I’m all for more green space along the Little Walnut,” said Pritchard.

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