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Oxford Township Trustee {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Salary:$11,884Term: 4 years beginning 1-1-18Members: 3, elect 2 per TownshipResponsibilities:General administration of the township including maintaining township roads and cemeteries. Other responsibilities may include mowing and snow removal, police and fire protection, maintaining recreation facilities.
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1. What do you feel should be Oxford Township's top priorities for road and other infrastructure work?

2. What elements of Oxford Township's Land Use Plan would you like to see strengthened or modified?

3. On what issues do you think Oxford Township and the City of Oxford need to be strengthened or increase coordination?

Education Miami University University of Louisville
Qualification/Experience Oxford Police Officer (retired) Oxford Volunteer Firefighter (retired) Oxford Lions Club (past president) Oxford Youth Hockey (past president) Butler Youth Hockey (past president) Immanuel Lutheran Church (president)
Assessing new developments for the impact on roads – cars, bicycles and pedestrians – and planning for road improvements with new development rather than after the need is realized. Providing what are now considered basic services to all township residents; expanding options with electric aggregation, curbside recycling and internet service providers, for example. Adding fire hydrants in those areas currently not served will improve fire protection and reduce insurance costs for residents.
Although the Land Use Plan is a strong document, the use of it as a guide needs to be modified. Strengthening our use of it in promoting desirable future development is the only way to achieve our goals. Implementing the recommendations of the plan should be a priority whenever practical. Encouraging conservation development and improving our existing road network to improve safety for all types of vehicles are necessary to maintain the rural character of our township.
Working together to develop more consistent zoning and subdivision standards and establishing a joint planning authority benefit both city and township. It is impossible to separate one from the other as most new development occurs around the edges of the city; the bike path is a recent example of a project that straddles the city limits. We are one community; promoting a safe environment for our residents to work, live, travel and play is something we certainly should agree upon.
Education BS Ed, Miami University '85.
Qualification/Experience Oxford Township Resident since 1975. City of Oxford Planning Commission, Current Member. City of Oxford Historic & Architectural Preservation Commission, Current Member. Past President, Carpenter's Local 113. 30+ years as Journeyman Carpenter working on a wide variety of commercial projects including bridges, schools, steel mills, nuclear facilities, hospitals. Junior High Teacher, 1985-1990. Raised in rural Trumble County where my family owned a dairy farm
Due to significant budget restraints large scale projects are not likely to occur. Therefore maintaining the existing 26.8 miles of roads and associated culverts and other means of drainage, and keeping sight lines clear through mowing and tree trimming are a top priority. Ensuring signage is visible and in good condition is important. Modernizing aging equipment such as dump trucks and chippers required for these tasks is also critical.
Recent discussions concerning conservation development options that would be incorporated into the Butler County Zoning Resolutions are of particular interest to me. I agree with the recommendation to have permitted uses in agricultural districts versus the current conditional uses. My experience on the Oxford Planning Commission has provided a working knowledge of planning and zoning land use principles. I feel I could play a strong role in these discussions.
The top priority should be coordination of Fire and EMS services. Currently the township relies heavily upon the City for these services and a strong relationship between the City and Township is critical to understanding the ongoing needs of the township. Secondly, preservation of the rural nature of the township is important and a consideration in any annexation discussions. Of particular concern is the encroachment of student housing developments outside of current City boundaries.
Education 1970-73: English, Iowa State University 1979-83: BS and MS in Civil Engineering, University of Washington
Qualification/Experience My background and work experience: Iowa crop/livestock farm childhood; agricultural business experience (Iowa, 1974-79); transportation engineering (Seattle, 1983-86); general and environmental engineering with private firms in Butler County (1988-2001); Staff Engineer, Southwest Regional Water District (2001-2007); Operations Manager, Southwest Regional Water District (2007-2016). My current and past community service opportunities include Oxford Senior Center, Empty Bowls, Oxford Community Choice Pantry, Talawanda Schools, Springwood HOA, McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital and Oxford United Methodist Church. I participated in Oxford Township's Police/Fire/EMS levy campaign and in preparation and revision of Oxford Township's Land Use Plan. I have lived in Oxford Township since 1988 and I worked in Butler County until my retirement last year. I created working relationships with staff and elected officials from other Butler County Townships, City of Oxford, Butler County Engineer's Office, Butler County Department of Development, Butler County Water & Sewer Department, ODOT, Ohio EPA, Ohio Public Works Commission and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Planning Conference. I believe that I bring useful background and experience to our Trustee group, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve four more years.
Our top priority must always be to carefully monitor road and culvert conditions, update information at least annually, and select maintenance methods and schedules that are cost effective and will provide the longest possible useful life from each road and culvert. It's important that we defer operating levies as long as possible, without jeopardizing our ability to keep a prudent balance set aside.
I helped to create and revise our Land Use Plan, and I think it's a strong and useful tool. I'm less concerned with modifying it than I am with making sure we don't allow ourselves to let it sit on the shelf. Earlier this year, at least one meeting with County officials was held to discuss improving development regulations that affect the Conservation Development our Plan endorses. I think this conversation should continue.
The Township and City already cooperate in numerous ways. Our police departments frequently work together; we contract with the City for Fire/EMS; our Road Supt. works with the City's utility crews when repairs are made on Township roads; we send representatives to City Council meetings and to the Oxford Community Improvement Committee. I think topics that deserve expanded discussion/cooperation include road and bike path planning and utility service for residents in the unincorporated area.
Education University of Kentucky B.S. Agriculture Economics Talawanda High School
Qualification/Experience Three Terms Oxford Township Trustee - President Butler County Township Association - Member Butler County Zoning Board of Appeals – Chairman Butler County Emergency Management Agency Executive Board –Completed the Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy- Attending many of the Winter Conferences of the Ohio Township Association have been a Sergeant of Arms, Moderator, and Presenter- Historic Hopewell Church Board of Trustees serving as Secretary –Member of Butler County Farm Bureau
Infrastructure is a variety of facilities and systems some private and others public. Two of the most critical facing the Township is the need for reliable high speed internet for all areas of the Township and continued funding of the township roads. The majority of the funds to use for care of the roads is the gasoline tax, Road & Bridge Fund, and motor vehicle registration taxes. These revenues have decreased while material for road repair has increased. Allocation of funds is a priority
The Oxford Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted in June and November of 2008 and since that time has been reviewed by a small group of the original committee once since that time. The area that I would like to see strengthen and implemented is the Conservation Development where homes are clustered together with the remaining portion of the property remain open space through some type of legal binding agreement protecting the open space.
The area in which the township and city could improve on is when land is annexed into Oxford. For the Oxford area to prosper both public entities need to remain financially strong. When land annexes into the city the township receives a reduced amount of real estate taxes. There are options rather than annexation but complex. I would rather see an agreement that would share in the taxes and services for their share of the funds. Let’s be creative with agreements to keep all financially strong.

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