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Austin Landing is NOT funded by using resident's property tax revenues.The Austin Landing development does contain public roadways and a public park, but Miami Township Public Works staff does NOT perform work in Austin Landing. The public amenities are funded by using TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) revenues and JEDD (Joint Economic Development District) revenues. The site is under a maintenance agreement for the property's developer to fund, manage and maintain all private and public features including: roadway maintenance and resurfacing, curbs, pavement markings, cross walks, snow removal, street sweeping, sidewalks, traffic signals storm water systems, landscape and irrigation systems, recreational amenities and park maintenance. To find out more about where your tax dollars do go Click Here.
Resolution #094-2018 established a rule that requires all recreational equipment, including portable and permanent basketball goals, located within the road right-of-way be removed immediately by the property owner. This equipment placed in or near the road poses a threat to pedestrian and motorist safety. An accident occurring in the road right-of-way due to illegal placement of basketball goals is the liability of the responsible party. A previous resolution passed by the Board of Trustees in 2006 also prohibited the placement of basketball goals within the road right-of-way. Please visit our Sports Equipment Nuisance Resolution page to read more information regarding this topic.
Miami Township will repair or replace mailboxes that have been damaged as a direct result of the driver’s actions such as striking the mailbox with the plow. Some mailboxes are in a state of disrepair and the snow coming from the plow will knock the box off or knock the post down. If mailboxes are already in a state of disrepair and the weight of the snow causes damage to the mailbox, the property owner is responsible for making necessary repairs.
While it may seem that you do not see leaf crews pass your property for long periods of time, please understand that the Township is 22 square miles with 90 miles of roadway. Crews visit every street in the township at least 2 times each season and try to complete each round within 10-15 business days. Visit our Leaf Collection page under Weekly Updates for an updated progress report. In 2012, the Trash Levy was voted down by residents and dedicated funding for leaf collection was eliminated. Modifications to the program were necessary to compensate for the levy failure.
Since roughly 1970 Miami Township had provided trash service and leaf collection through the support of two property tax levies. These levies covered the cost for household trash collection, leaf collection and material recycling services for Miami Township residents. In 2012, residents voted down one of the two levies which required the township to change the way it provides service.
As of June 1, 2013, the waste disposal program in Miami Township moved to a residential fee system. Contracts are negotiated by the township every three years (with two option years available) to secure the lowest rate for all residents of the community. Residents are billed directly by the waste hauler quarterly if they choose to have the service. Residents may opt out of the program by calling the waste hauler directly. Miami Township receives no compensation, franchise fees or benefits from this contract.
Due to the Trash Levy failure in 2012, the expenses to collect leaves are not reimbursed to the General Fund and are now an unfunded additional expense to Miami Township's budget. Modifications to the Leaf Collection program were necessary to minimize the negative monetary impact on the General Fund budget. The program's budget has been reduced from over $100,000 in 2009 to approximately $75-90,000 in 2014 and beyond. Reduction in funding resonates through a reduction in services, but the Public Works Department continually assesses operations to maximize efficiency. To find out more about the history of the trash levy and the current contract Click Here.
Contact Miami Valley Lighting at 1-888-316-2393 for street light outages. Chautauqua residents should contact Cinergy at 1-800-262-3000.
Although not widely regarded in the eyes of the public as trained professionals, Public Works employees at Miami Township do complete routine formal/ informal training to hone construction skills and pursue educational opportunities to stay current to industry specific trends and techniques. Employees are Class A Commercial Drivers and some are certified through the State of Ohio in commercial pesticide application. Road Department employees complete Ohio Department of Transportation LTAP coursework, attend APWA (American Public Works Association) seminars and complete on-line coursework yearly. Each employee in Public Works has been certified in NIMS (National Incident Management System) training and CPR. Some of the Road Department staff participate in a leadership-in-training program to increase skills, expand knowledge and are challenged in entry level managerial situations to develop future leaders. Mechanics in the department hold numerous ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certifications.