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The following report is culled from approved minutes of the Wednesday, October 16, 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, October 16, at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse with trustees Jerry Paul, Bob Singer and Dave Jackson present. Also in chambers for the session were Mike Ullom, Kimberly Bojko, Harlem Division of Fire Chief Dale Fling, Lee Weber, Belinda Mortenson, Harlem Township Zoning Commission Co-chair Joni Manson, Interim Zoning Inspector Jon Trainer and Vincent Fritsch.

Mike Ullom of the Columbus Sharks youth baseball team was in to see if one of the ball fields could be used for practice one day of the week during the spring of next year. The trustees said they would get back with him.

It was reported that a gas line has been installed at the township-owned Grange Hall.

Chief Fling reported Division of Fire runs to date through October 16: Fire 159, EMS 307, Total 466.

Fling reported that exhaust system specs are being worked on, the annual hose testing was completed with no loss of hose and the township’s fire hydrants are in the process of flushing. Fling also presented to the trustees with a proposed collaboration plan for the County Ambulance Service.

Interim zoning inspector Jon Trainer said he issued two new permits in October.

It was also noted that Tom Vincent met with members of the zoning commission to discuss a transition from trusteeship to a homeowners association for Keller Pines; the zoning commission submitted to trustees the Planned Residential Conservation District (PRCD); and members of the Zoning Commission held a hearing and approved the rezoning of 5.424 acres at 5378 Harlem Road (AR-1 to FR-1).

Zoning Commission members accepted a rezoning application for 2.4 acres at 10271 Gorsuch Road (AR-1 to FR-1); and members of the Board of Zoning Appeals forwarded non-compliance language to the zoning commission.

The trustees accepted the rezoning application of Blair and Patty McCreary to rezone 5.424 acres from current AR-1 to FR-1, located at 5378 Harlem Road, Westerville. The Hearing will be held at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse. The hearing is open to the public.

Trustees were asked to review detours for the work that will be done next year at Ohio 605 and Duncan Run Road. The request was tabled until the November meeting.

It was noted that the township had received the Ohio Public Works Commission packet for work on Bevelhiemer Road; and that trustee Paul contacted Consumer Gas about running gas lines west Robins Road.

The trustees entered executive session to discuss legal and contract condition for the township’s Energy Aggregation contract. Trustee Paul asked legal counsel for Trebell LLC to remain in chambers during the executive session.

Following the executive session Jackson made a motion to reject all bids; Singer made a motion to ask Trebell to go to prosecutor’s office for the AEP proposal; and the Fiscal Officer was directed to an email to the Delaware County Prosecutors Office for AEP review and approval.

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 >.

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