Liberty Township trustees have asked the city of Powell for the second time to create a joint task force.

Liberty Township trustees have asked the city of Powell for the second time to create a joint task force.

Trustees Robert Mann and Mary Carducci approved the resolution Jan. 18.

Trustee Curt Sybert was absent from the meeting; he attended the Powell City Council meeting that occurred at the same time to voice concern about Powell's recent move that placed all its commercial property in a tax-increment-financing district (TIF).

In the recent past, the two entities have had disputes and legal battles over a number of issues including:

Liberty's appealing to the Delaware County Common Pleas Court Powell's 2007 decision to issue building permit for a Target store. In July 2009, judge W. Duncan Whitney ruled that the township lacked standing to appeal.

In 2008, Powell accused the township of violating a 2002 cooperative economic development agreement (CEDA) between the two because of actions then-township trustee Peggy Guzzo's took regarding a citizen-led initiative petition seeking to limit commercial building square footage to 10,000 square feet for a single user and 65,000 square feet for multiple users. Powell and Liberty remain in mediation on the issue.

In 2009, Powell accused Liberty Township of interfering in its annexation of the Market at Liberty Crossing, also known as the Giant Eagle shopping center. The CEDA prohibits the township from interfering in annexation of properties south of Home Road.

The township in November 2009 proposed a task force with Powell.

Trustees also:

Agreed to seek several grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, including the NatureWorks Program, the Recreational Trails Program, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Agreed to seek a grant from Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow counties' DKMM Solid Waste District.

The grant would be used to offset the cost to residents for starting a curbside recycling program.

Approved as a minor administrative review changes to the Golf Village North Planned Residence Development Plan, increasing the number of condominium units from 120 ranch-style units to 140 units with 32 ranch-style and 108 two-story or carriage-style, expanding the acrage of green space, and extending the start and completion dates.

Approved the annual payment for the township's property, casualty and liability insurance. The $45,475 payment covers the township at $6-million per incident and $8-million for aggregate protection.

Approved $6,139 for computer system server and router upgrades.

Approved spending $7,500 for technical rescue operations training for three firefighers.

Approved spending $72,495 of grant funds to purchase workout and training equipment.

Approved the road department's $44,000 purchase of a John Deere 6430 Tractor for mowing road ditches.