Machine gun firing complaint brought before Harlem Twp. Trustees
The following report is culled from approved minutes of the Wednesday, November 21, Harlem Township Board of Trustees meeting submitted by Harlem Fiscal Officer Bobby Fracasso.
Members of the Harlem Township Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, November 21, at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse with trustees Bob Singer and Dave Jackson present. Trustee Jerry Paul was absent.
Members of the public in chambers for the session were Harlem Roads and Maintenance Supervisor Bart Walker, Harlem Division of Fire Chief Dale Fling, Harlem Zoning Inspector David Andrian, Vicki Tieche, Vincent Fritsch, Ziad Shaheen, Louise Guenther, Marg and Bill Frederick, Scott Schmidt and Denise Starkey.
Shaheen, who lives on Harlem Road, was concerned about the possible firing of machine guns in the area. He said the activity has been going on for the past three weeks, and included the setting off of explosives. He said that the neighborhood was like a war zone, and three little girls had to leave the township because of noise.
Shaheen said numerous calls were made to the Delaware County Sheriff, and asked the trustees to look into the matter again because he could not use his property for the last three weekends.
Trustee Singer said he would call the Delaware County Prosecutor’s office to see if a meeting could be held privately so both parties could be heard without a public meeting.
Shaheen said he and his neighbors understood at a previous board meeting that it was agreed that John Ciszek could fire suppressed weapons any time, but the other weapons for only one and a half hours.
Shaheen said 15 neighbors, and perhaps more, agree that they want to communicate with Ciszek before legal action will be taken.
Singer said he would wait to hear from the group of concerned residents before he talks with the prosecutor.
Bart Walker reported that 3,000 pounds of crack sealer was used on township roads.
Chief Fling reported Division of Fire runs to date as of November 21: Fire 207, EMS 269, Total 476.
Fling said the recent fire levy passed with a 65 percent voter approval; and that he is working on 2013 Fire Department appropriations. A draft will be sent to the trustees when it is complete.
Fling also said the township health insurance provider has indicated that there will probably be a 10 to 15 percent premium increase at renewal.
David Andrian reported that he has had a request from Ron McCarty, who is interested in purchasing property from a Mr. Whitehead, but only if a recycling facility can be located on the property.
The trustees advised Andrian that the request is a zoning matter and a zoning application has to be made to the zoning commission.
Andrian asked the trustees to purchase a server for the Fiscal Officers computer at a cost between $500 and $600. After some discussion Jackson made a motion to approve the purchase of a server, not to exceed $600. Motion passed.
The installation of siding has been started on the township owned Grange Hall.
Trustees asked Scott Schmidt if was interested in being Cemetery Sexton for 2013. The trustees are satisfied with Schmidt’s work but wanted to know if he could do the work in a timely manner. His answer was yes.
Schmidt was sworn in as Harlem Township Cemetery Sexton and his bond was signed.
A proposal was presented to the trustees for radios for the maintenance department. There was some discussion about the radios, but no decision was made.
A decision was made for the trustees to pay Sherrie Steele for a meeting for extra work done for the zoning amendment.
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.
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