With the newly installed electronic message sign on the green in Brookfield Center, Brookfield Township trustees are taking another step in communicating with the public, said Trustee Dan Suttles.

“Part of our comprehensive plan addresses using a better way to communicate with the public,” Suttles said, specifically addressing the message sign at the Dec. 3 trustees meeting.

In other ways trustees are communicating with the public, Suttles implemented monthly community meetings at locations throughout the township – they are on hiatus due to weather – and the trustees are sending periodic letters to residents to address specific township departments.

The new sign was paid for from $135,000 in grants from AEP Ohio and the Strimbu, O’Brien and Kirila foundations. It replaces a sign in which the letters could be changed by hand. The electronic sign is changed remotely by someone designated by the township from his or her computer.

The trustees adopted a policy for its use that allows requests from “any church, school or community organization that is within Brookfield Township” for events that take place in Brookfield or Masury.

The sign will be used to publicize trustee meetings.

“This meeting is the first Monday of the month unless there is a holiday, at 7 ‘o’clock,” Suttles said. “It’s set throughout the year. But, still, people forget, and that’s OK. I would like to see as many people, at least, informed on what’s going on as far as us, the trustees.”

The sign cannot be used to broadcast political campaign propaganda, engagements, anniversaries, birth announcements or birthdays, unless the birthday mentioned is for a resident turning 100 or older.

The full text of the policy is available from Office Coordinator Tabatha Dickson, and she is the person to contact to place a message on the sign. Call her weekdays at 330-448-4500 or email to brookfieldtwp@gmail.com