Harlem Twp. Trustees will consider having Tobacco Free Park
The following Harlem Township Board of Trustees meeting report was culled from approved minutes submitted by Harlem Township Fiscal Officer Bobby Fracasso.
Members of the Harlem Township Board of Trustees met in regular session at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse on Wednesday, July 18, with trustees Jerry Paul, Bob Singer and Dave Jackson present.
Members of the public in chambers for the session were Harlem Division of Fire Chief Dale Fling, Harlem Zoning Inspector David Andrian, Linda Diamond, Eldon Johnston, Vicki Tieche, Karen Dodson, Valerie Pedersen, Karen McKisson, Cindy Hall, Wm. Frederick, John Ciszek, Ziad Shahem and Joni Manson.
Linda Diamond and Cindy Hall of the Delaware County Health Department were in to ask the trustees if they would consider having a Tobacco Free Park. They said signs could be posted at park entrances and it would be a self-enforced smoking ban.
There could also be a designated place to smoke, Diamond and Hall said; and signs could be ordered through the Health Department.
The trustees said they would consider the proposal.
Eldon Johnston, with the Delaware County Engineers Office, was in to check on the progress of the township’s chip sealing of roads this summer; and also to inform the trustees that John Link is retiring and Jerry Ungashick will take over his position.
It was also noted that the county has backed off of a proposal for a Smothers and Harlem Road roundabout; and work for Fancher and Miller Paul Roads will be done late this year or early next year.
Vicki Tieche asked the trustees to pick a date for dedication for the Harlem Township Cemetery’s stones that were installed in each of the cemeteries.
Tieche gave the trustees an estimate for cemetery headstones from Rick Day. After some discussion Paul made a motion to approve the repair of headstones, not to exceed $625. Approved.
The trustees also approved installing an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio Big Tree sign on Fancher Road.
Karen Dodson, who is an avid reader, asked the trustees if a Little Free Library could be installed in the Township Park. The Little Free Library is a free book exchange, where patrons can take one book and leave one. Dodson also said she would pay for the $250 Little Free Library unit; the trustees approved the request.
Bob Bookman was in to talk about guns. He stated that he is not comfortable sitting outside. Ziad Shahem of 5112 Harlem Road said he left the last meeting thinking the Zoning Board will look at the shooting issue; Singer explained that the trustees had a special meeting to discuss the issue. Denise Starkey wanted to know if meeting was posted, and was informed that the meeting was posted 72 hours prior to the meeting. She also wanted to know if the trustees received any calls about the meeting. Paul said he received a call from a Mr. Antolik, and he did not initiate the call. Singer and Jackson did not receive any calls. There was some discussion about 90 minutes of shooting on Saturdays.
During the recent storm in June some residents put downed trees from their property in the township right of away. The trustees said the township is not responsible for removal of downed trees and debris on private property.
Chief Fling reported Division of Fire runs to date through mid-July: Fire 144, EMS 153, Total 297.
Fling also passed out first half 2012 payroll and expenditures report: Administration, $22,656.35 (trustees and fiscal officer); Maintenance, $47,991.16; Zoning, $6,718.77; Fire Department, $294,209.62 ($176,232.77 full-time $117,976.85 part-time), for a first-half total of $368,575.90 (excluding pension contributions and health care costs).
The Trustees approved a resolution of intent to proceed with levying an additional tax in excess of the 10-mil limitation.
A Tattletale security system is in place at the township maintenance building and there was discussion about installing a residential system at Grange Hall.
Harlem Township Trustees meet in regular session 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.
Harlem Township can be found on the World Wide Web at < harlemtwp.com >.