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The following report is culled from approved minutes of the Wednesday, November 13, 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 13, at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse with trustees Bob Singer, Jerry Paul and Dave Jackson present. Members of the public in chambers for the session were Harlem Zoning Commission Co-chair Joni Manson, Harlem Board of Zoning Appeals member Carl Richison, Harlem Interim Zoning Inspector Jon Trainor, Zoning Commission member Mike Kabler, Louise Gunther and Mr. Zehala.

It was noted that the township’s older dump truck is in need of repair costing approximately $1,200; the Kellar Pines drainage ditch was discussed; and the township’s energy aggregation fee was discussed.

Trustee Jerry Paul recessed the regular portion of the meeting to hold the rezoning hearing for Blair and Patty McCreary to rezone 5.424 acres located at 5378 Harlem Road from AR-1 to FR-1. After some discussion and a reading of the application and approval from the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission, trustee Dave Jackson made a motion to approve the rezoning request made by Blair and Patty McCreary. Trustee Bob Singer seconded the motion. A roll call vote was held and the motion was unanimously approved.

Harlem Fiscal Officer Bobby Fracasso will send notice to the McCrearys that the approval will become effective after the statutory 30-day waiting period that allows township residents the right of referendum.

Mike Kabler said he was approached by Carl Richison and Roger Niebarger about the location of a pine tree to be decorated for the holidays at the township park, and asked if a tree is located could members of the Heritage Committee make use of the Harlem Township Maintenance Department machinery and labor to decorate the tree.

Kabler also asked if the Heritage Committee could put up a sign for their holiday bazaar; and he also noted that he has two historical plaques to be hung in the township hall meeting room.

Mr. Zehala made a proposal to use the west ball field from March 1 to June 30, 2014 for the youth league. Zehala said the league would condition the field, add 60 feet of protective fence on each side and use the concession stands. He also said they would furnish liability insurance.

After some discussion Singer motioned to allow the youth league to use the west ball field for youth baseball. The motion passed.

Board of Zoning Appeals member Dave Killinger sent a letter of resignation from the BZA. Fracasso was directed to advertise in the newspaper for a replacement.

Jackson made a motion for Phyllis Davidson and Barbara Morrison to continue with their work with township cemeteries. Singer. Motion passed.

It was noted that sealed proposals for a Vehicle Exhaust Removal System for the Harlem Division of Fire would be received beginning November 18 until 4 p.m. on December 18 at the Harlem Township Hall.

(Sealed bids were opened at 8 p.m. on December 18 at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees. All bids shall be considered valid until 60 days after the bid opening date, whether accepted or rejected.)

The Trustees reserve the right to select the bidder deemed to have submitted the lowest and best bid and to award a contract in the manner to be in the best interest of the Board, the Harlem Township Fire Department and 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 >.

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