March 19, 2013

HARRISON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES MEETING

March 19, 2013

REGULAR MEETING CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman Keith Peters called the Regular Trustee Meeting of March 19, 2013 to order at 7:00pm at the Township Hall, 2746 Weigand Road, Lockbourne, Ohio.  Attending were Trustee Paul Welsh, Trustee Doug Clark, Fiscal Officer MaryAnn Elliott, Fire Chief Eric Edgington, and Zoning Inspector Joe DeFelice. Also attending were realtor Michelle Kovach, and residents Darryl Buckler, Gene Hayes, Keila Marlowe, Lonnie Marlowe, Mahala Rodgers, Joyce Williams, Lloyd Williams, Thomas G Persinger, Thomas H Persinger, Larry Kelly and Lawrence Hayes.   

RESOLUTION 13-26 (Fire Levy attached)

A RESOLUTION DECLARING IT NECESSARY TO LEVY A TAX IN EXCESS OF THE 10 MILL LIMITATION WITHIN HARRISON TOWNSHIP, INCLUDING THE VILLAGES OF ASHVILLE AND SOUTH BLOOMFIELD, AND TO ENACT A TAX LEVY TO RUN FOR A CONTINUING PERIOD OF TIME FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FOR AND MAINTAINING THE HARRISON TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT.  Mr. Welsh moved and Mr. Clark seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R 13-26.       

HEARING OF VISITORS:

  1. Michelle Kovach, with Coldwell Banker Realty, discussed the two acre parcel in South Bloomfield.  Michelle suggested that the property be listed for $79,000.  The Trustees agreed and signed the listing contract through August 18, 2013.

RESOLUTION 13-27

A RESOLUTION TO HAVE MICHELLE KOVACH LIST THE SOUTH BLOOMFIELD PROPERTY FOR SALE FOR THE AMOUNT OF $79,000.  Mr. Welsh moved and Mr. Clark seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R13-27.

  1. Darryl Buckler, of Ashville Pike north of Duvall Road, addressed issues with the water line, the fire hydrants and the road.  He stated that he has opened the fire hydrants and there is no water to them.  The Fire Chief explained that those hydrants are Columbus lines serviced by Earnhart Hill Water and he is aware that there is no water to them.  There was water at one time, but Earnhart Hill turned the water off because residents were turning the hydrants on and stealing the water.  Mr. Buckler stated he was aware that someone in the neighborhood used the hydrant to fill a swimming pool.  Both the Fire Chief and Trustee Welsh will call Earnhart Hill about the fire hydrants. 
  2. Mr. Buckler’s other concern was that ODOT is widening Ashville Pike and turning it into a state route.  ODOT is offering the residents very little to take their property for this road.  The residents want the road to be moved to the west side of Ashville Pike. 
  3. Keila Marlowe asked if there had been any studies done regarding the noise and amount of traffic increase for the new road.  Mr. Peters replied that ODOT did do several studies before choosing the final route, but we do not have copies of those studies.  They studied property values and costs of the road, environmental impact, etc.  Joe asked if any of the residents had attended the meetings that were held at the high school in 2010, 2011 and 2012 when ODOT was asking for public input.  ODOT had maps and study information regarding the different routes they were considering at those meetings.
  4. Mr. Peters will get in touch with ODOT and ask for someone to contact Ms. Marlowe with the results of the studies that were done regarding the widening of Ashville Pike.
  5. Lawrence Hayes had his ditch cleaned and it drains south, but he is concerned about what will happen to his ditch once ODOT moves the road.  Mr. Peters said he will contact the head of the project and see what they are planning to do regarding the ditches.
  6. Lloyd Williams said the road will be sixteen feet from his front door.  He also asked if he would be able to add a second driveway to his property so that he would not have to back out into the turn lanes at Ashville Pike and Duvall Road.  Joe explained that if he has a hardship created by someone else, he can apply for a variance and would likely receive a permit to do that.

The letter from the South Bloomfield Housing, LLC was read and discussed.  The Trustees asked the clerk to write a letter requesting that the builder of this housing development erect an eight foot wrought iron fence with a gate around the Harrison Township Cemetery to prevent vandalism and mischief in the cemetery. 

RESOLUTION 13-28

A RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE BUILDER OF THE SOUTH BLOOMFIELD VILLAS ERECT AN EIGHT FOOT WROUGHT IRON FENCE WITH A GATE AROUND THE HARRISON TOWNSHIP CEMETERY.  Mr. Clark moved and Mr. Welsh seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R 13-28.

FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT:

  1. The firefighters are still reviewing the contract.
  2. Laura Bray is going from rotation to part time reserve for now.
  3. The new full time firefighters have completed all of their OP&F requirements.
  4. Medic 803 is back at Coughlin.  This is the fourth time this year it has broken down on an emergency run and been sent for repair.  We have spent over $14,000. since January 1st on this Medic and it just keeps breaking down.

ZONING INSPECTOR:

  1. Brian Bell has pulled his application for rezoning.  Many of the neighbors showed up voicing objections to having his business operate from the Bulen Pierce property and the zoning commission voted against it.
  2. Soil and Water is planning to clean all ditches in the county in the next 4 to 5 years.
  3. Joe asked if we can waive the $250.00 application fee for the variance to build a driveway with access to the other road for Mr. Williams who was at the meeting tonight and is losing his front yard to the road project.

RESOLUTION 13-29

A RESOLUTION TO WAIVE THE APPLICATION FEE FOR A DRIVEWAY VARIANCE FOR MR. LLOYD WILLIAMS.   Mr. Welsh moved and Mr. Clark seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R13-29.

ROAD/CEMETERY SUPERINTENDENT: 

The road and cemetery superintendent was not present for the meeting.

Mr. Peters reported on the County Meeting he attended.  The county is hoping to make all bids for asphalt, paving roads, etc.  The Trustees would let them know what areas need to be done and they will get the bids, do the inspections, etc.  The County believes it can get a better price than the townships can get independently.  The township would still be responsible for the bill.

Mr. Clark spoke with the Sheriff’s department scales team and they asked that we not lift the weight limit on Duvall Road.  It will help keep non-construction traffic off of that road.  He will ask Kevin to replace the signs regarding the weight limit.

RESOLUTION 13-30

A RESOLUTION TO RESCIND RESOLUTION 13-22 WHICH WOULD REMOVE THE WEIGHT LIMIT ON DUVALL ROAD FROM STATE ROUTE 23 TO THE RAILROAD CROSSING IN DUVALL.   Mr. Clark moved and Mr. Welsh seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R13-30.

ACTION ON MINUTES:

February 19, 2013 Younkin Public Hearing:  Mr. Welsh moved and Mr. Clark seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Younkin Public Hearing and the Trustees voted with three yes votes.  Motion carried.

February 19, 2013 Greenlawn Public Hearing:  Mr. Clark moved and Mr. Welsh seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the Greenlawn Public Hearing and the Trustees voted with three yes votes.  Motion carried.

February 19, 2013 Regular meeting:  Mr. Welsh moved and Mr. Clark seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of February 19, 2013 and the Trustees voted with three yes votes.  Motion carried. 

OTHER BUSINESS: 

RESOLUTION 13-31

A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE SALARY OF THE ZONING COMMISSIONER TO $850.00 PER MONTH EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2013.   Mr. Welsh moved and Mr. Clark seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R13-31.

FISCAL OFFICER’S REPORT:

  1. The clerk presented a contract from ODOT that was sent to the Trustees.  Mr. Peters said this contract states that the township would provide the right of way, including utility costs.  Mr. Peters will call ODOT for clarification.

RESOLUTION 13-32

A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PAY THE ATTACHED LIST OF BILLS AS THE LAWFUL OBLIGATIONS OF HARRISON TOWNSHIP.  Mr. Clark moved and Mr. Welsh seconded and the Trustees voted with two yes votes to approve R13-32.

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further comments and all scheduled matters attended to, Mr. Clark moved and Mr. Welsh seconded the motion to adjourn the March 19, 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting.  All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm.