Service Department

Every day thousands of people rely on the Butler Township Service Department for safe and comfortable travel over township roads, through street maintenance and repair, snow and ice control, and traffic-control signs. In addition to taking care of 45.9 miles of roadway, the department is responsible for maintain public facilities and properties and making sure cemeteries are maintained, among other various services. While it’s easy to take these services for granted, they are important to the quality of life township residents enjoy. The service department employs one Service Director and 5 to 6 full-time employees. In summer months the department hires 1 to 2 seasonal employees to help with grass cutting and cemetery maintenance.

Hours of Operation:

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. M-F

Summer Road Crew Hours (June – Sept)

6:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-TH

County Maintained Roadways

Not all roads that travel through Butler Township are maintained by the Service Department the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office is responsible for the maintenance and snow removal along the following major thoroughfares in Butler Township:

  • Dog Leg Road The Service Department maintains 43 miles of township roads.
  • Frederick Pike
  • Heathcliff Road
  • Lightner Road
  • Little York Road
  • Martindale Road
  • Meeker Road (section between Little York and Heathcliff Road)
  • North Dixie Drive
  • Old Springfield Road
  • Peters Pike

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for I-70 and I-75, as well as National Road in Butler Township.

Right of Way (ROW) Permits

Generally, all improvements performed within 10 – 12 feet of the edge of roadway require a ROW permit. There is no fee associated with the permit, the permit is required to ensure that the work is completed to township standards. Please aware that sprinkler systems, invisible fences and landscaping should be kept a minimum of fifteen away from the street and utility easements to minimize possible damages during road or utility work.

Click here for ROW Permit Application

Roadway Drainage

The Butler Township Service Department is responsible for making sure that standing water is properly carried off of township roads. Incidental to this power goes the duty to see that roads are drained for this purpose tile or ditches may be installed to properly drain township roadways.

Who is responsible for standing water on my property? 

The responsibility for the maintenance and improvement of drains, ditches and watercourses, whether established county ditches or not, rests entirely upon the land owners affected and benefited. It is not the obligation of the Township/County to maintain or improve the storm drainage facilities across any individual’s property for either agricultural purposes or development or suburban homes sites. When an individual purchases property, the principle of “Caveat Emptor” or “let the buyer beware”, is the purchaser’s best guideline. Land ownership has many potential and real benefits, but also comes with certain liabilities. Storm drainage facilities fall under the liability category of property ownership. These storm drainage facilities cannot be closed, obstructed or altered in any way which would reduce the capacity for conveying storm water across private property. Any owner is liable for upstream property damage for failure to properly maintain storm drainage facilities across their own property. A prospective home or home site purchaser should recognize that variation in the cost of seemingly comparable property, particularly in dry weather, may very well be related to the lack of adequate storm drainage and other utilities as well. Before purchasing a suburban home site, an excellent rule of thumb is to investigate before investing.

For further information regarding storm drainage, please review the attached pamphlet from the Montgomery County Engineer, “Responsibility and Procedure for Improvement and Maintenance of Drains, Ditches and Watercourses.” Click here for Drainage Brochure

My neighbor is discharging water into my yard. What do I do?

No resident may directly or indirectly discharge the water from any gutter, downspout, swimming pool, sump pump, or other similar source separating adjacent properties or street right of way. The township encourages all property owners to connect their sump pumps to the storm sewer system when applicable and subject to approval by the Service Department. Some plats may have a drain underneath the curb which can be used for this purpose. Residents in slightly older neighborhoods may be able to connect to a nearby catch basin. In the case of chlorinate pool water, or similar treated water sources, EPA guidelines for decontamination shall be adhered.

What do I do with my yard waste?

Residents are not permitted to blow leaves and grass into the street. Leaves and grass will end up in storm water drains, where thy clog pipes and impede drainage. This can lead to flooding of streets and properties and can also lead to contamination of wildlife, aquatic habitats and drinking water. Residents are to dispose of yard waste in their trash bags, up to 6 bags/containers per week, for collection by the township’s waste hauler. Low volume service yard waste must be co-mingled and fit inside the 35 gallon trash container.

Snow & Ice Removal

Butler Township begins to plow after a snowfall of two inchesThe Butler Township Service Department provides snow removal and ice control to keep township roads safe and passable. Streets are salted when it appears that the snow and ice will create unsafe conditions. Crews begin to plow after a snowfall of two inches. The department’s strategy is first address the most heavily traveled roads, as well as those with hills, curves and bridges – these roads are called priority roadways.

Priority Roadways:  County Line Road (from Frederick to Dog Leg), Furnas Road, Kley Road, Antioch School Road, Jackson Road, Patty’s Road, Aullwood Road, Meeker Road, Kershner Road, Kinmont Road, Stonequarry Road, Evermur Drive, Wild Cherry Drive, Old Country Lane, Malina Avenue, Hertlein Road, Brantford Road, Stop Eight Road (next to Imperial Hills Plat), Benchwood Road, N. Dixie Drive (from Benchwood to Stop Eight Road), Miller Lane (from Benchwood Road to Stop Eight Road), Towne Center Drive, York Commons Boulevard, Commerce Center Drive, Commerce Lane, York Center Drive, Maxton Road, Rockwell Drive, Singing Ridge Boulevard, Cloverleaf Road, and Claude Avenue.

Secondary Roadways:  All other roadways in the Township not listed as priority roadways, with the exception of County maintained roadways.

How can I prepare for a winter snowfall?

Each winter poses a threat to your roadside mailbox either because of snowdrifts, vehicle incidents, or snowplow damage. Butler Township, in conjunction with local area US Postal Service would like to encourage all residents to take some precautions this year in stabilizing their mailbox for the winter season. Residents are encouraged to inspect their mailbox for any repairs it may need. For any mailbox located by the road, there is risk of damage caused by snowplows. Damage typically is not caused by contact with the snowplow, but by heavy wet snow being thrown off the plow. When inspecting your mailbox, check and repair any weaknesses you may see such as rotted wood, deterioration, and/or cracks in the post as well as leaning of the mailbox. Also keep the area around the mailbox free of snow. Shovel snow at least 2 feet away from the mailbox in every direction. This will allow snow coming off the plow to have a place to go instead of hitting your mailbox. Shoveling to the sides and front of the box will also cut down on the amount of snow being forced back into that area. 

As you inspect your mailbox this is also a good time to install reflectors to make your mailbox easier to see during storms or during dark hours. It is also a good idea to make sure your house number is visible on your mailbox, as this will assist mail carriers and emergency crews.

Why is my driveway plowed back in?

The Township’s snowplow drivers do not intentionally block any driveway or vehicle.  Every effort is made to clear roads and storm drains to prevent icing conditions if remaining snow melts and refreezes. Follow these important tips to aid in successful snow removal:

  • Do not plow or shovel snow back into the street. This can create a safety hazard, and it can result in that same snow being pushed back in front of your driveway.
  • Residents can help by shoveling snow to the right of their driveway (when facing the street) or into their yards to minimize the amount that may be plowed back into your driveways and sidewalks.
  • During any snowfall event over 2” please remove vehicles from the streets to let the crews perform a more thorough snow removal job.

Cemetery Maintenance

Polk Grove cemeteryThe Butler Township Service Department is responsible for all public cemeteries, including Polk Grove, Quaker, Pine Grove and Chitwood. The only active cemetery is Polk Grove, the site of some 50 burials every year. In addition to digging the graves, township personnel pour bases for headstones, mow the grass, control weeds and keep the cemeteries clean and attractive.

Cemetery Rates for 2019

Cemetery Rules and Regulations

Mailing address:  Butler Township Service Department 3710 West National Road, Dayton, Ohio 45414 Phone: (937) 890-1218

Employment Opportunities

FULL-TIME SERVICE WORKER

BUTLER TOWNSHIP (Montgomery County, OH) is seeking an energetic candidate who is willing to learn the trade of Service Worker I (SWI) in the Service Department. A SWI will perform various types of physical manual labor associated with public works and streets: operating light to medium types of motor equipment and hand tools, cleaning catch basins and ditch lines, road maintenance, concrete and asphalt repair, building maintenance, mowing grass, cutting/trimming of trees, cemetery maintenance and burials, building and repairing drainage structures, sign fabrication, vehicle maintenance and snow removal. Candidate must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent or completion of trade or technical school in a related field. Work experience in the construction field and/or public works industry a plus. Must have the ability to obtain a CDL. Email your application and letter of interest to Jeff Barnett, Service Director at jbarnett@butlertownship.com or mail to 3710 W. National Rd., Dayton, OH 45414. Click here for Employment Application.   The hourly pay range is $14.59 to $16.90, depending on qualifications. Full-time benefits include insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick time; and enrollment in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

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 SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Butler Township Service Department is seeking candidates for seasonal employment for grass cutting & road maintenance. Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, be 18 years old and have valid Ohio driver’s license. Pay rate is $11.50 to $13.50 per hour, depending on experience. Physical and drug screen required. Hours are M-TH, 6AM to 4:30PM.  Submit application to Jeff Barnett, Service Director at jbarnett@butlertownship.com or mail to 3710 W. National Rd., Dayton, OH 45414. Click here for Employment Application.

  Butler Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer