News & Current Events

Who’s Responsible for the Roads?

January 2, 2020

Several major thoroughfares in the township are maintained by the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office and not Butler Township. These are typically the major roadways that cross jurisdictions. Plowing, salting, asphalt repair and pothole repair are the responsibility of the county on the following roadways:

  • Dog Leg Road
  • Frederick Pike
  • Healthcliff
  • Lightner Road
  • Little York Road
  • Martindale Road
  • North Dixie Drive
  • Old Springfield Road
  • Peters Pike

To Report a Pothole:  Potholes are bound to show with the freezing and thawing of pavements during the winter months. The Butler Township Service Department encourages you to report potholes on township roads to the township at 937-890-1218 ex. 1302. For county roadways, call the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office at 937-837-2528.

Roads Paved in 2019: Butler Township resurfaced three roads this summer, including Kinmont Road, Kershner Road and Coover Mill Court. The projects came in just under the budgeted amounted of $290,000.

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Township’s Business Base Growing

October 28, 2019

Commercial development and redevelopment remain strong in Butler Township, with a variety of businesses investing in the community.

Hotel Boom: Two new hotels are under construction, bringing the total number of hotels in the township to 16 and the total number of rooms of 1,580, many of which are at full capacity on weekends. Butler Township’s Miller Lane area is home to approximately 25 percent of Montgomery County’s total hotel base. In lodging tax alone, the township receives over $800,000 in revenue, annually.

“It’s unique for a township to have so many hotels” said Township Administrator Erika Vogel. “We’re fortunate to be able to bring so many visitors into our business district to lodge and dine.”

In addition…Minster Bank is nearing the construction phase of its new local branch on the vacant lot at the corner of North Dixie Drive and Reinwood Drive. The township was able to sell just under an acre of land to the bank for this project. And Skyline Chili has recently completed a remodeling and facelift at its location on Miller Lane.

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Annexations: Can They Be Stopped!

September 3, 2019

Annexations: Can they be stopped?

Shock has been a common reaction among Butler Township residents over the most recent city of Union annexations and the subsequent re-zoning of those properties.

“I know many are wondering why Butler Township hasn’t done more to protect the residents from annexation,” said Township Administrator Kim Lapensee. “It’s very simple: State law is not on our side.”

The law states that if a property owner wants to annex their property to a city, and the city agrees, there is nothing a township can do to stop that action from happening.

There are three main ways of annexing property

Type 1 

– An owner must sign a petition asking the city to accept their property, and the city is required to pay the township a lump sum payment for the loss of property taxes over a certain period of time. This must be approved by the county commission.

Type 2 

– The city is not permitted to re-draw its boundaries, and the property stays within the township forever. The township continues to collect money for all levies and must split the inside millage it receives in the remaining property taxes with the city forever. This also must be approved by the county commission.


– The city can annex large amounts of properties as long as it has a majority of signatures. Taxes are then split on a sliding scale over a 12-year period. County commissioners have discretion with this request.

Majority annexation has been around a long time, but Types 1 and 2 annexations were more recently created by the legislature in 2002. Descriptions of all types can be found in Section 709.023 of the Ohio Revised Code.

How often has Butler Township been annexed?

Over 1,197 acres in Butler Township has been annexed to the city of Union. The township has filed objections to every annexation filed since 2000, but has never been successful in winning appeals or stopping the annexations.

“The good news is that any annexation filed after 2002 must provide buffers to neighboring properties,” said Lapensee. “The term ’buffers’ is not clearly defined, but the property owner next door does have recourse with the courts if the city does not follow the law.”

Where do we go from here?

Townships can do little to stop annexation except for providing their own utilities and competing against their neighbors for development, or incorporating as a city.

“Whatever Union’s plans may be, Butler Township will continue to oppose any development of annexed areas for industrial purposes,” Lapensee said. “But at this point, we can either sit by and watch them drive by us on the bus, or we can start to control our own destiny.”

Lapensee encourages township residents to email her at  to let her know your thoughts.  Should Butler Townshp incorporate and put a stop to any further annexations, or should it find a way to provide water and other utilities so the need to annex is eliminated?

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Fire hydrant accessibility vital for residents’ safety

July 10, 2019

To ensure fire response times are as quick as possible, the Butler Township Fire Department is asking residents to keep fire hydrants clear of obstacles and obstructions year round.

We also encourage residents to report blocked or damage hydrants to the fire department at 890-2491.

Fire officials agree that hydrant accessibility is key to preventing fire damage. In fact, the Ohio Fire Code states that “materials shall not be placed or kept near fire hydrants,” and “a three-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of the hydrants.”

Here are some quick fire hydrant safety reminders for residents to keep in mind:

Please – DO

Keep hydrants free of snow and ice
Keep hydrants free of overgrown grass and weeds
Report any damaged or leaking hydrants to the Butler Township Fire Department
Report any vehicles blocking hydrants to the Butler Township Police Department
Please – DO NOT

Paint hydrants
Alter or attempt to repair hydrants
Mark your curb or street

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Cemeteries have long history in township

June 12, 2019

Some Butler Township residents may remember back just 35 years or so when grave diggers at the Polk Grove Cemetery used dynamite to blast through the bedrock less than a foot below the ground’s surface. The process has become somewhat less disruptive these days with the use of a hydraulic jackhammer, now the tool of choice for digging 35-40 new graves per year.

Although the nearly 200 year old Polk Grove Cemetery is the only one still active, the Township Service Department maintains five cemeteries in all. In addition to digging the graves, township personnel pour bases for headstones, mow the grass, control weeds and keep the cemeteries clean and attractive.

Some 5,000 plots are still available for purchase. Pricing information is available on the township’s website ( or by calling the service department at 890-1218.

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