Thursday, February 12, 2004

Liberty swap a Lemon, locals fear

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

MONROE - Some residents of the Lee Meadows and Country Estates subdivisions are upset after City Council tabled a vote to transfer about 300 homes from Liberty Township into Lemon Township.

If the move is eventually approved by Butler County commissioners, township jurisdictions would change, but the homes would remain in Monroe.

Iris Setaro of Woodsdale Drive is worried about council's intentions.

"I would like them to be open and upfront. We don't want to be part of Lemon Township," she said.

City officials said the item was tabled Tuesday night because Liberty Township trustees weren't informed early enough.

Council planned to ask commissioners to change the jurisdiction of the subdivisions to make it easier for the county and city to borrow money, officials said.

Jay Stewart, city planning director and acting finance director, said a meeting will be scheduled in the next couple weeks among the three jurisdictions to review the options and determine the best way to settle the issue.

Liberty Township Trustees President Christine Matacic outlined three options: transfer the subdivisions to Lemon Township; deannexation of the area back to Liberty; or formation of a new township.

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