Orange Township trustee chairman John Cassady and fiscal officer Joel Spitzer clashed at the Dec. 21 trustees meeting over the completeness of meeting minutes from two previous trustee meetings.

Orange Township trustee chairman John Cassady and fiscal officer Joel Spitzer clashed at the Dec. 21 trustees meeting over the completeness of meeting minutes from two previous trustee meetings.

Cassady twice called 10-minute recesses during the exchange.

Cassady said the minutes of the Dec. 7 meeting were incomplete and called on trustees to table approval of the minutes until their next meeting.

Spitzer, whose office is in charge of keeping meeting minutes, was not at the Dec. 7 meeting. Township administrator Gail Messmer took the minutes. Cassady said Spitzer presented an edited version of those minutes to trustees.

"You omitted quite a bit of give and take" from the meeting, Cassady said in referring to a discussion with a representative of the Frank Gates Service Co. The Gates company handles workers' compensation claims for the township. Concerns were raised Dec. 7 by Cassady and trustee Nelson Katz over apparent miscommunication between Spitzer's office and the Gates' company regarding the workers compensation contract.

All trustee meetings are taped and Spitzer said not every comment is put in the printed minutes report submitted to trustees.

He also said after exchanging several e-mails with Cassady earlier this month that some remarks Cassady made during the Oct. 19 trustees' meeting were edited. While those minutes were approved at Monday's meeting, the Dec. 7 minutes were tabled.

Spitzer had questioned several times at the Oct. 19 meeting how the township was going to pay for a new police contract with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. He then objected to a remark by Cassady, who said Spitzer's concerns were politically motivated.

The pair clashed again at the Nov. 2 trustees' meeting when Cassady said the minutes from the Oct. 19 meeting were inadequate.

"I played nice and I worked with you on the Oct. 19 (minutes) to get to the point you were satisfied with them," Spitzer said.

Cassady then said enough time had been spent on the issue and moved on to other matters.

Trustees honored out-going trustee James Agan for his years of service.

He spent 12 years as a trustee and four on the township board of zoning appeals.

Cassady presented Agan with a certificate of appreciation from the Ohio House of Representatives. Township officials also gave him a crystal desk clock and fire chief Tom Stewart presented him with an honorary firefighter's badge as well as a framed certificate.

Agan told officials they haven't seen the last of him.

"I'll still be around opening my mouth."