Three days after Powell's stated deadline for Liberty Township to respond to a large records request, the township informed the city March 11 it would provide most of the requested information.

Powell sent a letter Feb. 28 to Liberty Township trustees as a "formal request" for an in-person meeting to discuss "issues and concerns," including the potential change in emergency medical service providers.

The letter cites an article of the city and township's Cooperative Economic Development Agreement that specifies the two bodies should meet "at least annually."

The letter comes on the heels of township trustees' decision to bring back to the table a proposal for Delaware County to take over operation of the township's emergency medical services, which provides EMS support to most Powell residents.

After Delaware County commissioners voted to take the proposal off the table, largely due to resident concerns, trustees Melanie Leneghan and Mike Gemperline voted to ask for $1 million from the county in payment for EMS services and promising to hand control of EMS to the county if they aren't happy with negotiations.

Trustee Shyra Eichhorn, as she has done throughout the EMS conversation, disagreed and voted against the request.

The city also alleges that it "sent public records requests to the Township in order to gain more information about recent EMS discussions on January 18 and February 21" and had not heard back on those requests until March 11.

According to documents provided by the city, Powell made 17 records requests in its Jan. 18 message, asking for communications sent and received by trustees, performance reviews and other documents regarding former medical director Warren Yamarick, and a variety of other documents. The letter says the city "expects a complete response to its request no later than March 8, 2019."

On March 8, township administrator Matt Huffman said those records requests were not yet prepared.

He said the township "absolutely" planned to put those records together, but he cited the "reasonable amount of time" portion of Ohio law regarding records requests, and said the township has been inundated with requests lately.

But on the evening of March 11, the city received an email from the township, saying the city had requested 1,706 pages of records, which would cost Powell more than $170.

Under Ohio law, entities may charge for costs involved in providing requested public records.

The email also informs the city that its most broad request -- asking for correspondence between any trustees or township leaders and Delaware County commissioners or county officials regarding trustee meetings in December and January -- was too broad.

City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said Powell's legal team is looking into whether "any clarification" needs to be made to obtain the additional requested information and said City Council will decide the next steps.

"We shared that (response) with our City Council members, and there is a fee involved in obtaining those records," she said, "so we're trying to determine what those next steps look like. We'll be determining those next steps once we actually obtain the records."

When it comes to arranging the meeting, the decision will fall to Liberty Township trustees, and Canavan said Powell still had heard nothing about a potential meeting as of March 12.

Leneghan and Gemperline did not respond to requests for comment, but Eichhorn said Huffman has requested availability from the trustees to work toward a meeting.

"It is crucial that we work together, especially in zoning, to be able to successfully deliver the type of development the residents want and have it benefit the entire community financially and aesthetically," she said.

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