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Trustees join call for casino revenues

October 25, 2012
Morning Journal News

YELLOW CREEK - Township trustees officially joined the ranks of local municipal officers asking for a share of the revenues generated by Ohio casinos.

The Yellow Creek Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the draft resolution at their meeting Tuesday evening. Under the current disbursement system, each of the state's 88 counties and 611 school districts receive direct payments, but only its 10 largest cities get a portion of casino revenues.

Acknowledging the responsibilities that counties have to their residents, the resolution states that townships play no less a vital civic role. "Municipalities and townships also provide vital local services within the county, including police, fire and street maintenance," said township fiscal officer Deborah Lyle, reading from the resolution. The document also cites recent cuts in state funding to municipalities as justification for revenue sharing. "The township has been subject to significant budget cuts in state-allocated revenues, as other entities in the county," Lyle continued. It concludes by asking that the casino revenues be distributed in a manner similar to that of the state's local government funds instead.

As each trustee signed the document, Lyle expressed cautious optimism about the chances of their request being met. "Every little bit helps," she said.

Trustee Kenny Biacco said that a new round of paperwork had been sent to Columbus requesting additional funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission to complete the next phase of a project on Hibbetts-Mill Road to repair the failing roadway. None of the trustees blamed Mike Pusateri, whose excavating firm completed initial work on the road in May, for the deterioration that has occurred since. "I feel that they did what they told us they were going to do," Biacco said.

In his report, trustee Larry Brewer said that he had received calls of complaint regarding Township Line Road and potentially hazardous situations caused by water buildup on the roadway, particularly during the winter months, when it freezes over. He recalled township crews being called out last year to clear the ice and suggested that berms be installed to route the water off the roadway and prevent such from happening again this coming winter. "Definitely, something needs done," Brewer said. His motion was seconded by Biacco and accepted unanimously.

Biacco also related a complaint regarding township road foreman Gary Mitchell and a request made by Cannon Mills Road resident Sharon Ice for a new ditchline that has yet to be completed. Biacco said that, according Ice, the request was made "six to eight weeks ago."

"That's where we stand; she's waiting for us," Biacco said. Brewer agreed that the work needed done there, as well as numerous other places in town, and moved to have it implemented.

In other business:

* Trustees announced trick-or-treating hours for the township of 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.



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