News & Current Events

Emergency Warning Notifications – Register Your Cell Phone and E-mail Address with Hyper-Reach

April 14, 2015

Butler Township is now using the Hyper-Reach notification system. This system can e-mail, text, and phone only registered participants the important information about emergencies such as tornado warnings along with public safety emergency information. Your land line phone should already be registered in the system, but you will need to register your cell phone numbers.

Hyper-Reach uses a secure website to collect contact information which is used for emergency notification only. Your information is never shared with any outside party.

To register your cell phone number and e-mail address, click on the link below.

http://hyper-reach.com/ohbutlertwpsignup.html

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Villager Site to be Development-Ready

December 30, 2014

The demolition of the old Villager Inn was held up over the winter months due to permitting issues and asbestos removal. The property owner had to hire a new contractor to obtain the necessary permits and clear the site properly.

There are currently no proposals for redevelopment, but the leveled site will allow the owner to market the property as development-ready.

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North Transfer Facility on Webster is Closed

The North Transfer Facility located at 6589 Webster Street is CLOSED.  

You may take your items for disposal at the South Transfer Facility located at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine, Ohio.  The hours of operation for this service are year round from 6 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Friday, and 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays.  Closed on Sundays.   For more information you can call 937-225-4999.

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Did You Know…

September 3, 2014

Nationwide, 23 highway workers and one law enforcement officer are killed in roadside accidents monthly.

For the protection of everyone who works and travels on roadways, Ohio’s Move Over Law requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane – or slow down if changing lanes is not possible – when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights on the side of a road. Fines are doubled for this type of violation.

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Annexations: Can They Be Stopped!

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.

Majority 

– 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 klapensee@butlertownship.com  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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