Harlem nixes 4-way stop at intersection; county turned down request twice
The following report of the June 20 Harlem Township Board of Trustee meetings was prepared from approved minutes submitted by Harlem Fiscal Officer Bobby Fracasso.
Members of the Harlem Township Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, June 20, in regular session at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse, with trustees Jerry Paul, Bob Singer and Dave Jackson present.
Also present for the session were Harlem Zoning Inspector David Andrian, Harlem Division of Fire Chief Dale Fling, Harlem Maintenance and Roads Supervisor Bart Walker, Joni Manson, Valerie Pedersen, Mr. Shaheen, Robin Watkins, Eric Watkins, W. Frederick and Louise Guenther.
Robin Watkins was in chambers to ask if a four-way stop sign could be erected at the intersection of Harlem Road and Center Village Road. The trustees informed Watkins that the intersection is a county-maintained right-of-way and the township does not have the jurisdiction to place a stop sign on a county roadway.
The trustees also said two previous requests to the county for four-way stop signs at the intersection have been denied.
It was reported that the Delaware County Prosecutor said trash pick-up cannot be a ballot issue; and fireworks need a permit.
Joni Manson reported that the Harlem Township Zoning Commission is working on a conservation subdivision.
Bart Walker reported that Orchid Lane has been road-graded with an additional 120 tons of 304.
Chief Fling reported Harlem Division of Fire Runs to Date through June 20: Fire 113, EMS 128: total 241.
The trustees passed a resolution of necessity for levying an additional tax in excess of the 10-mil limitation. Resolution Number 12–6-04-T-12 is available in the Fiscal Officers Office in the Harlem Township Hall for public review.
Adding drug testing for all township employees to the Harlem Township Employee Manual was discussed. Following discussion trustee Paul made the motion to approve the addition of drug testing to be added to the employee manual for all township employees. Motion passed.
After some discussion trustee Jackson made a motion to proceed with a Declaration of Nuisance and Abatement of Nuisance pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 505.87 on real property located at 12338 Robins Road, Westerville. Motion Passed.
There were several residents in attendance to discuss excessive noise at 5180 Harlem Road.
David Andrian presented the board with a fact-finding sheet and his recommendation that the owner of the residence could fall under a limited house occupation permit. After some discussion the trustees overruled Andrian’s suggestion and said the property owner should apply for an expanded home occupation permit through the Harlem Township Board of Zoning Appeals.
Andrian also reported that Fancher Cemetery data-entry is complete.
Documents for the township’s purchase of the Grange Hall have been signed and the purchase has closed. Formal guidelines for the use of the Grange Hall will be established.
The Trustees received contract estimates for the township’s 2012 road improvement program. After some discussion trustee Paul moved to accept the 2012 road improvement program. Motion Passed.
Duncan Run 605 Bridge work may be done in 2014; ODOT will pay for the culvert.
Harlem Township Trustees meet on the third Wednesday of every month at Harlem Township Hall, 3883 Ohio 605, immediately south of Center Village Road. All Harlem Township trustee, zoning and board of zoning appeals sessions comply with the mandates of Ohio’s Sunshine Laws and are open to the public.
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