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During the Harlem Township 2014 January 2 Reorganization Meeting, trustees Jerry Paul, David Jackson and Carl Richison were present. Members of the public in chambers for the session were Harlem Roads and maintenance Supervisor Bart Walker, Harlem Zoning Inspector Jon Trainer, Scott Belcastro of Trebel LLC, Roger Neibarger and Harlem Division of Fire Chief Dale Fling.


Trustee Dave Jackson was selected to chair the Harlem Board of Trustees during 2014; Jerry Paul was selected to serve as Vice Chair.


The trustees approved a motion to pay Medicare Part B for elected officials and employees that are on the township health insurance plan; and also approved a motion to reimburse Jackson for out of pocket insurance premiums as per his spouse’s company insurance plan for 2014, provided that it does not exceed the average premium paid by the township.


Sherrie Steele was reappointed to serve as the township Zoning Secretary for 2014. The Zoning Secretary will serve as secretary to both township zoning boards. Jon Trainer was appointed as the Harlem Township Zoning Inspector for 2014.


The trustees made the reappointments and appointments to the township zoning boards as follows:


* Zoning Commission Board: Lurley Hernandez 1 year, Joni Manson 2 years, Mike Kabler 3 years, Tom Neid 4 years, Sue Rasche 5 years.


* Board of Zoning Appeals: Jane Varley 1 year, Roger Neibarger 2 years, Keith Campbell 3 years, Allan Webb 4 years, Raelene Meadows 5 years.


* John Jacobus will serve as the alternate to the zoning commission; Belinda Mortensen will serve as alternate to the BZA.


* Jon Trainer was appointed to serve as the Harlem Township representative to Delaware County Regional Planning Commission. Jerry Paul will serve as first alternate.


Township elected officials will receive $.50 per mile for outside township mileage as it pertains to official township business, paid annually.


The township will pay registration fees, mileage and other related expenses for township elected officials to attend the State Convention in Columbus.


The following amended Resolution was voted and passed by the Board of Trustees on January 2:


Culvert pipe to be used on township roads is to be 12 inches in diameter and 30 feet long unless otherwise specified by trustees and is to be covered with 46D or B19 gravel the length of the pipe except 1 foot to 1-1/2 feet from each end of the pipe. Culvert pipe is to be galvanized, gauge 16 or N-12 Poly-Non-perforated. Driveway pipe size shall be determined by the Township Maintenance Department. All driveways shall require a permit and installation shall be inspected by Township Maintenance Department prior to covering.


In addition, where there is a fence line or tree line that adjoins a road right-of-way, the opening for the driveway entrance should be 20 feet wide through the fence line or tree line.


Following resolution passed in 2001 as it pertains to the installation of driveways on township roads: Property owner shall be responsible for the initial purchase of the pipe, gravel and installation of culvert materials. Subsequent replacement of culvert and/or materials, as determined by the Township Road Superintendent or in his absence, by the Assistant Superintendent, shall be the responsibility of the property owner.

“On residential properties, that the bottom of a ditch to be 30 inches deeper from the berm or edge of road pavement and must maintain a twelve (12) inch cover over the pipe, unless otherwise authorized by trustees. Installation is to be IN12 perforated pipe, with smooth wall, and bedded in stone of 57’s with riser and grate located every sixty (60) feet. Effective January 3, 2014, all ditch enclosures shall be maintained by the property owner. Any installation of ditch enclosure pipe shall require a permit from the Township Maintenance Department and inspection of the pipe installation shall be required prior to covering.”


Zoning fees for 2014 were set as follows:


Zoning Certificate Fees


*1. Single Family Residential Building $500

*2. Residential Remodeling/Additions $250

*3. Accessory Buildings $300

*4. Swimming pools (In-ground) $150

*5. Six Month Permit Extension $100

*6. Decks/Above Grade Patio (No cover/roof) $50

* 7. Signs $200

*8. All Commercials and Industrial Buildings Permit $600 plus $10/100 sq. ft.

*9. Commercial and Industrial Remodeling/Additions $500 plus $10/100 sq. ft.

* 10. Multi-Family Dwellings/Apartment Units (per unit) $500

* 11. In Home Occupation Permit 0.0

* 12. Conditional Use Permit 0.0

* 13. Trailer Permit (6 months) $200

Fees and Applications


* Application to Amend zoning Map (Rezoning):

(20 acres and greater) $900 plus $200 per acre

(Less than 20 acres) $500 plus $125 per acre

Board of Zoning Appeals Application (Variance/Conditional Use) $500

Additional Hearings for Board of Zoning Appeals $400

Preliminary Subdivision/Planned District Meetings:

(10 acres and greater) (2 meetings) $500

(Less than 10 acres) (2 meetings) $400

Additional Meetings (Applicant Requested) $200

Time Extension for Subdivisions and Planned Districts $300, Subject to Zoning Commission approval

A copy of the Harlem Township Zoning Resolution is available at Community Library in Sunbury, the Westerville City Library, Delaware Law Library, Delaware City Library, Delaware County Recorder’s Office, Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, Delaware County Regional Planning Office and Delaware County Building Department.


Scott Schmidt was contracted to do grave opening and closings for township cemeteries. Township employees with five or more years of service that do not live in the township will be allowed to purchase gravesites at resident rates.


The Delaware County Bank and Trust, Galena, will be the depository for the township for 2014.


The Board of Trustees regular meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse, at 3883 Ohio 605.


The Sunbury News will be the paper of general circulation for township notices and/or if necessary, notices to be published in The Delaware Gazette. Also, if necessary, 24-hour notices to be posted at the township hall.

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