Financial issues likely will top the agenda at the Nov. 4 Orange Township trustees' meeting after officials last week decided to table a discussion of proposed 2009 capital budgets for township departments.

Financial issues likely will top the agenda at the Nov. 4 Orange Township trustees' meeting after officials last week decided to table a discussion of proposed 2009 capital budgets for township departments.

Trustee chairman John Cassady said a lengthy executive session and the fact trustee James Agan was absent led to the decision to table.

"It (the discussion) is just a review of the capital budget," Cassady said. "We're not adopting the budget."

According to information provided by township administrator Gail Messmer, proposed 2009 capital budgets for the four township departments are $2.25-million for the parks department, $890,340 for the fire department, $153,000 for the maintenance department and $70,090 for administration.

Four projects are planned in 2009 by the parks department, with the expansion of the North Orange Aquatic Center topping the list at $876,127. Other projects are the Glen Oak Park II development ($857,000), South Orange Trail Phase 1 ($277,333) and the Owenfield Trail ($249,480).

The fire department wants to spend about $450,000 to buy a new engine, Chief Tom Stewart said after the meeting. Other equipment purchases would make up the bulk of the remainder of the budget.

The maintenance department plans to buy a new dump truck with a plow and salter for $98,000, while the administration would spend $7,690 from its proposed budget to paint and clean the town hall and restain the building exterior.

Discussion of the general fund and other funds likely won't take place until later in November or early December, fiscal officer Joel Spitzer said during a break at the meeting. The township has a general fund budget of $18.1-million for 2008.

At Monday's meeting, some residents of the Oak Creek subdivision on South Old State Road, just north of Polaris Parkway, complained about barking dogs at a new animal hospital at 8928 South Old State Road.

"We have dogs that bark continually throughout the day starting at 7 a.m. until 10 at night," said Doug Betchie, who lives on Sedona Court adjacent to the hospital. "I can never go outside or open my windows" because of the barking.

Residents said the hospital has 40 or 50 dogs daily. They complained that the hospital is not zoned to board animals.

"We're just getting noise seven days a week, 12 to 15 hours a day," said Aaron Post, also of Sedona Court.

Township zoning inspector Richard Gladman told the trustees and residents that he would have to review the situation, and he recalled the hospital was to keep animals overnight for treatment only. The township also has a noise ordinance, and it was unclear Monday night if the hospital was in violation.

Contacted by ThisWeek, Chris Hradisky, office manager of the hospital, declined comment. The hospital's Web site said it opened on May 4 and that it offers boarding, grooming and other services in addition to medical services for animals.

Also at the meeting, Spitzer said he has received proposals from five banks to handle township deposits and is awaiting a sixth proposal.

The Delaware County Bank has handled deposits for a number of years, but Spitzer said during a break in the meeting it's time to review the matter. The township signs a deposits agreement with a bank every five years, he said. Delaware County Bank is among those that submitted a proposal, he said.

Currently, the township's average monthly balance with that bank is about $2.1-million, Spitzer said. He will prepare a summary of the proposals for trustees at the Nov. 4 meeting.