Powell City Council during its February meetings will discuss Liberty Township trustees' invitation to engage in quarterly meetings.

Powell City Council during its February meetings will discuss Liberty Township trustees' invitation to engage in quarterly meetings.

Council members at their Jan. 21 goal setting session said cooperation with area governments is a goal for the coming year.

Liberty trustees cited similar goals on Jan. 19 when they invited Powell to meet and exchange ideas and develop good relations.

The trustees emphasized the invitation is not related to Powell's allegations that Liberty Township breached a cooperative economic development agreement between the two.

Powell has alleged twice that Liberty Township breached the CEDA: in August 2008 with then-trustee Peggy Guzzo's involvement in a citizen-led initiative petition in Powell and in December regarding a pre-annexation process with the owner of Market at Liberty Crossing was working on with the city.

The city contends Liberty Township tried to encourage the property owners not to annex. These allegations have not been resolved.

"This is by no means having anything to do with the CEDA issue right now," trustee Curt Sybert said. "This is to turn over a new leaf.

"It's a new era. It's a new board," said Sybert. "The city of Powell -- all of it -- is in the township and we're one community. ... We're going to try to meet as often as we can and to snip out the problems before they become big deals anymore."

Sybert and trustee Mary Carducci selected trustee Robert Mann as the board's representative.

"We have to take a more global approach," Carducci said. "Powell impacts Liberty. Liberty impacts Powell. It's good for the county and contiguous counties. ... And to foster business development."

"The public wants us working together," Mann said. "It's counter-productive for us not to do everything we can to cooperate with both communities."

The trustees also developed a mission statement for the task force. It includes concepts such as fostering good community relations, exploring joint projects and potential state and federal grants, coordinating development standards, and addressing any problems or issues that arise between the two entities.

Township resident Jim Cirigliano asked the trustees if the meetings would be open to the public.

Mann said that would need to be discussed with Powell.

Sybert said the task force would include one trustee and no decisions would be made in the task force.

If more than three council members or more than one trustee attends a given meeting, by law the meetings must be open to the public.