Megan Forman, Souders principal, gives Harlem Twp. brief report on school security
The following report is culled from minutes of the Wednesday, December 19, 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, December 19, at the township hall and firehouse, 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, Phyllis Davidson, Barb Morrison, Megan Forman, Vincent Fritsch, Alan Cesko, Harlem Zoning Commission Co-chair Joni Manson, and Harlem Township Maintenance and Roads Supervisor Bart Walker.
Davidson and Morrison were in chambers to discuss the township cemetery program and to explain to the trustees that they have not heard from Harlem Zoning Inspector David Andrian for four months regarding the Fancher Maple Grove Cemetery update. The trustees said they would look into the matter.
Hylen Souders Elementary School Principal Megan Forman introduced herself to the trustees, and gave a brief report about Hylen Souders security and the Big Walnut school’s Excellent rating on the state report card for the past six years. She said there are 288 students enrolled at Souders.
Walker said he had a request to install a school bus sign on Robbins Road. Trustees gave permission to install the sign.
Walker said Noah Trimmers, a company that supplies parts for the cemetery’s Noah Mowing System, is going out of business. He asked permission to purchase spare parts for the system at a cost of $1,400. After discussion a motion was made to purchase spare parts for the Noah System. Motion passed.
Walker reported that the large mower has 900 hours of use and the small mower has 800 hours of use.
Walker also noted that lights at the township park were shot out. He said he would get a repair estimate.
Chief Fling presented Division of Fire runs to date through December 19: Fire 224, EMS 308: Total 532.
Fling also said hose testing is complete and requested that damaged hose be declared as surplus so it can be disposed of. The trustees agreed to declare the damaged hose as surplus.
Trustee Singer said he spoke with Andrian about the zoning violation on Robbins Road and was told that the resident has moved the vehicle. They also discussed a trash violation on Ohio 605 that is in the process of being cleared up.
Singer also reported that he met with Harlem Road residents at the Delaware County Prosecutors Office about shooting in the area. He said the prosecutor believes it’s a civil matter, but will still look into it.
Trustee Jackson moved to accept application HTZC 12–02 from James and Betty Immel, 3883 Miller Paul Road, to rezone 2.149 acres from AR-1 to FR-1 to allow a lot split. The trustees approved the motion; a hearing was held on Wednesday, January 2, at the Harlem Township Firehouse.
Trustee Paul reported that he attended the Delaware County Township Meeting on November 20, where there was a discussion about doing away with local government by the State of Ohio and eliminating local trustees and fiscal officers.
Paul said during the meeting several speakers reported that local government is the best form of government.
Paul made the motion for the trustees to receive the same salary as in 2012 for 2013 ($11,318), to be paid in equal monthly payments. Motion passed.
Paul also made the motion for the Fiscal Officer to receive a $19,806 annual salary for 2013, paid in equal monthly payments. Motion Passed.
The trustees also agreed to pay health insurance for elected officials for 2013, except for Dave Jackson. The township will reimburse Jackson for out of pocket insurance premiums per his spouse’s company insurance plan for 2013, provided that it does not exceed the average premium paid by the township.
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 >.