My name is Joe Flanagan, and I am the past administrator of Butler Township. I held that position for over 10 years. When I came to Butler Township, development along Miller Lane was in its infancy. The township had no plan for development and had not adopted any development standards.
Among the first things I did as administrator was urge the trustees to hire a consulting firm, produce a development plan for the Miller Lane/N. Dixie corridors; and develop building/design standards for the area. If you travel Miller Lane you can clearly see the demarcation of pre- and post-development standards. To mention a few: Sam’s Club, Red Roof Inn, Extended Stay, Sake — basically most buildings that have little or no architectural detail are structures following pre-development standards. Buildings such as the Drury Inn, Smokey Bones, Office Depot, etc. — buildings with varying exterior facades and complimentary color schemes are structures following post-development standards. The type of development along Miller Lane doesn’t just happen, it takes a development plan, willing developers and a dedicated staff to make sure those standards are followed.
So why vote for me? Because I am the only candidate in this race that has been educated and trained to do public service work. I have a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies/City Planning from Wright State University and a master degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. I spent over 30 years in public service, starting out my career as the Planner/Zoning Inspector for Madison Township, working my way up an ever increasing level of responsibility until I became the administrator of Butler Township. Of those 30 years of experience, over 90 percent was at the township level. I not only understand how government works, I understand how township government works. From the outside, all governments may appear the same (other than in size), but there are important differences between city and township government functions, and how each operates in providing services to its citizens.