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   Brown Township
2491 Walker Rd.
   Hilliard, OH  43026
   (614) 876-2133
614) 876-2421
   Gary Dever, Trustee
   Pamela Sayre, Trustee
   Joe Martin, Trustee
   Greg Ruwe, Fiscal Officer

  (614) 527-6390

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MEETINGS (as of 1/1/2014):
   Held at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of
     each month in the upstairs meeting
     room of the Brown Township Firehouse
     at 2491 Walker Road, Hilliard, Ohio

Other meetings, when held, are advertised at least 24 hours in advance with time and location.

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Newsletter Mailings End

As a step towards considerable savings in annual printing and postage costs, the Brown Township newsletter will no longer be mailed unless a copy is specifically requested. More information can be found in the Newsletters section of this website (see button on left side).

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Recycling Drives

Big Green Head is a small company with a big heart on a mission to educate, inspire, and change your perception about doing green.

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FIRE LEVY - Issue 34

Based on the comments received from residents and research into alternatives (see community meeting below), the Board of Trustees unanimously voted in August to place a 5.12-mill levy on the November 4 ballot. This is the same millage amount as that proposed (and defeated by 9 votes) on the May ballot.

After the May issue failed, Norwich Township Trustees notified Brown Township they would stop all EMS and fire services effective in May 2015 if the funding situation were not resolved.

If the November issue is approved, it would add about $179 per year for each $100,000 of property valuation. If passed, the new levy would generate $455,016 per year and the total cost of service to Brown Township residents would total $1.1 million per year. Collection would begin January 1, 2015.

Community EMS / FIRE Meeting

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the Brown Township Trustees held an open Community Meeting at the Walker Rd. Firehouse. Over 100 residents attended to learn about our EMS and Fire protection services, the options under consideration and to provide input into the process. Residents also took this opportunity to express their concerns and support for the May 6, 2014 fire levy, which failed by 8 votes. Many comments and ideas were recorded and the Brown Township Trustee will be evaluating all feedback.

This meeting was prompted by actions of Norwich Township, whose trustees were also present. On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the Norwich Township Trustees passed resolution number 140520.11 to cease to provide fire protection and emergency medical services to Brown Township, effective midnight, May 31, 2015.

The Brown Township Trustees have been researching other forms of EMS and Fire Suppression services and are currently seeking input from Brown Township residents. Because there was vocal support to have the 5.12mill levy placed on the November 6th ballot, the Brown Township trustees will be taking steps to protect that option by observing Franklin County Board of Election procedural deadlines while other options are analyzed.

Brown Township would still like to hear any and all comments or questions concerning EMS and Fire services for Brown Township residents. Please e-mail:

Notice of Cancelation No ServicesJune 12, 2014

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Our Current EMS & FIRE Levy

Under a contract between Norwich and Brown townships, the Norwich Township Fire Department (NTFD) provides EMS and Fire Suppression services to Brown Township residents. In exchange,  NTFD asks for equal financial support from residents of both townships.

The contract states that the effective tax millage rate residents of both townships pay be roughly equivalent. In 2014, Norwich Township residents will pay 4.62 mills more than Brown Township residents. Since Brown Township does not have the financial strength to make up this difference, an additional half-mill is needed for a ten-year payback of the 2014 shortfall.

On November 4, the voters of Brown Township are being asked to approve a new 5.12 mill Fire & EMS levy to continue the professional, responsive fire and emergency services our residents enjoy. This levy amounted to $0.512 for each one hundred dollars of taxable valuation as stated by the Franklin County Auditor (or $179 for each $100k of market value).

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Meeting Times Changed

7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of each month
Brown Township Firehouse - Upstairs meeting room

Effective January 1, 2014, Brown Township Trustee meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m.  Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month in the upstairs meeting room at the Brown Township Firehouse, located at 2491 Walker Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.

Comprehensive Planning

This project began in September 2012 and is being managed by the Franklin County Economic Development & Planning Department. Brown Township residents, officials and Franklin County planners are developing a land use plan for unincorporated Brown Township.

Franklin County planners are meeting with a working committee composed of township residents, business owners, developers and others. This committee helps review public input and provides detailed feedback to the planners during the planning process.

Several public meetings are scheduled to gather public input and comments about the direction and content of the plan. Meetings are publically advertised with road signs throughout the township, mailbox flyers and other announcements. Franklin County planners have set up a public website where township residents and other stakeholders can download plan documents, meeting materials and presentations.

Public meeting 1: Information Gathering & Vision
Held 6:30pm December 11th, 2012
Brown Township Hall
2491 Walker Road
Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Public meeting 2: Policy Development
Held 6:30pm June 25th, 2013
Hilliard Bradley High School
2800 Walker Road
Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Public meeting 3: Plan Review
Date TBD
Location TBD

Block Watch Organized

The Brown Township Trustees hosted a Neighborhood Watch Program meeting in conjunction with the Franklin County Sheriff Community Programs division on November 18, 2010.

A Franklin County Sherriff Officer presented a two hour session and distributed materials regarding establishing a Neighborhood Watch Program. He also shared preventative practices and services available to help fight crime.

At the officers' request, the Trustees urge you to participate and help make this program more successful!  If you have any questions, please contact the Trustees

About Township Communications

Section 505.07 of the Ohio Revised Code allows newsletters and websites for public awareness. Content for the Brown Township Newsletters and Website is provided by township officials, residents and various public organizations. This website contains much more information than is published in the newsletters. However, each newsletter is archived on this website.

Please send comments, articles and photos to Brown Township Newsletter Editor, 2491 Walker Rd, Hilliard, OH  43026. Please contact Beth Clark if you would like to see a specific item addressed in the newsletter or on the website. Printing and publishing of the newsletter and website is coordinated by Joe Martin.

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