Township trustees will have vacancy to fill in January; plus other township news

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

There will be a new face on the Madison Township board of trustees in January.

Madison Township Trustee Chair Michele Reynolds received notification that the Franklin County Board of Elections certified her victory in the Nov. 8 election for the District 3 State Senate seat. She will begin her term as a state senator in January.

Once Reynolds officially vacates her township position at the end of the year, a 30 day countdown begins for Madison Township trustees Katherine Chipps and John Pritchard to complete the search for Reynolds’ replacement.

Chipps and Pritchard can then announce their process or appointment decision and hold a meeting to appoint a new trustee. Once appointed, the new trustee must run for election in November 2023 to retain the seat for the next term.

“I strongly suggest the existing board not meet with persons one-on-one interested in the position,” said Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst, who expects the board to ask for resumes from interested residents, but cannot accept them until the replacement process officially begins.

“It’s been very exciting,” said Reynolds, “and it’s been an honor to serve the citizens of the township.”

Pritchard said filling the trustee position will be a robust process.

“We want to make sure we have someone qualified to serve the township,” said Pritchard.

Township Police and GM Schools
Madison Township Police Chief Gary York responded to the Messenger regarding the township’s school resource officer (SRO) serving Groveport Madison Schools and ongoing problems at Groveport Madison High School.

“The Madison Township SRO assigned to the Groveport Madison School District is at the high school at the beginning and end of the day as well as covering lunches,” said York. “In between those times, provided there is no need for SRO to remain at the high school, our SRO visits Middle School North daily as well as four elementary buildings on a rotating basis. The contract does not mandate the amount of time spent in each building within the district. The daily schedule for the Madison Township SRO is determined by the commanding officer and/or the SRO and the school administrators.”

According to York, normally the Madison Township SRO follows their regular schedule at the high school unless activities warrant more officer presence in the building.

York also said his department is anticipating hiring three additional full time officers early next year.

Seeking better natural gas rates
Madison Township is on the hunt for lower natural gas rates in 2023 and Scott Belcastro of Trebel, LLC is providing township officials with a money-saving aggregation option.

Belcastro said that a new .747 Ccf rate was locked in for residents from January 2023 through April 2024.

“Right now, it looks like we’re in the good and conceptually save residents with the fixed rate,” he said.

Brobst said postcards, in addition to opt-out mailers, were sent to residents to inform them of the new gas agreement. She said there is no cost to join the program and no cost to leave the program.

Madison Township Fire Dept. news
While attending the final inspection for a new engine for station 183, Madison Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson learned build times for future apparatus could take as long as three years and costs are increasing exponentially multiple times throughout the year.

Facing growth in the residential and commercial sector and a potential $1 million-plus price tag for a new front line engine, Robinson suggested the township explore the option of ordering another vehicle as early as the end of 2022, prior to another anticipated increase.

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