Hello Everyone! This is Trustee Bill Shively, and I will serve as Chairman of Kingston Township Board of Trustee for 2017.
The Trustees, at the February 7th Monthly Board Meeting, approved the purchase of a new 2015 Western Star 4700SBdump truck and snow plow for $124,900. This never-titled truck will be a major improvement to the township road maintenance equipment.
The Ohio Publics Works Commission (OPWC) application for Blue Church Road improvements did not make the cut for funding in 2017. We will re-evaluate the project for possible funding later this year.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has informed the Trustees of a possible new roundabout to be constructed at the intersection of State Route 61 and Wilson Road/State Route 656. The accident history at this intersection is a cause for action. The township may be asked to help fund a portion of the project. Stay tuned to the newsletter for updates.
The Trustees have discussed how to fund a new township hall without a tax increase to the residences. The new building can be funded by rent we receive from the township’s 119 acres of farmland. The Trustees will work to get all the details and funding in line. This project may be on the November ballot for your approval to proceed with building construction — not to raise taxes!
I would like to congratulate Zoning Secretary Dave Stites for being elected Chairman of the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission for 2017, and Trustee Steve Volpe for completing the Ohio Township Association (OTA) Leadership Academy at the Winter Conference in Columbus.
I would also like to thank Craig McCord for his continuing service to Kingston Township as a Member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. Craig was reappointed to the board by the Trustees on February 7th to serve a five-year term through December 2021.
It’s going to be a busy year for Kingston Township.
If you have a question or concern, please call me at 740-272-3668.
At their January 3, 2017 Organizational Meeting, a number of appointments and resolutions were passed, including:
• Bill Shively elected Chairman
• Dewey Akers elected Vice-Chair
• Steve Volpe elected Executive Member
• Porter Kingston Fire District Board — Dewey Akers
• Delaware County Prosecutor retained as the township’s legal counsel
• Delaware Health District Advisory Board—Bill Shively
• Established the first Tuesday of the month for Trustee Meetings at 7 p.m.
• Bob Talbott renamed Zoning Inspector
• Dave Stites renamed Zoning Secretary and Regional Planning Commission Representative
• Renamed current Members of the Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals
• Renamed Doug Crowl Road Superintendent and Cemetery Sexton
• Continued current Zoning Fees and Cemetery Fees and Rules
• Set the Mileage Reimbursement Rate at $.535 cents per mile
• Certified official roadway mileage as 17.93 miles
• Approved $912 for Emergency Services Fee Assessment
• Approved $1,674 for Regional Planning Membership Dues
• Approved $3,018 for Health District Apportionment
• Adopted a new Credit Card Usage Policy
At their December 6, 2016 Monthly Meeting, the Trustees appointed John Blommel to fill an existing Member position vacancy through December 2019. The Trustees thank John for his willingness and interest in serving the residents of our township by serving on the board.
John has resided in our township since 2003 and has owned and operated his own company, Central Ohio Appraisal Services, Inc. in Delaware County since 1994. He earned at B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University and possesses extensive background, certifications and experience in the area of farm and residential real estate appraisal.
An urgent need still exists to fill one position on the Board of Zoning Appeals. The position is an Alternate Position that runs through December 2020. The Alternate attends all meetings but only has voting authority in the absence of a Member.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is comprised of 5 Members and 1 Alternate and meets on an as-needed basis hearing variance requests, appeal of orders issued by the Zoning Inspector, conditional use requests and revocation of authorized variances and conditional zoning certificates. The positions receive $40 compensation per meeting. The Board averages about 4-6 meetings per year.
Interested Kingston Township residents should submit a letter or email of interest to the Zoning Office (email@example.com). Appointments are made by the Township Trustees during their monthly meetings so applicant attendance at a meeting will be required.
2016 Year End Zoning Report
• 24 Permits Issued; 9 New Build Homes; 7 Accessory Structures; 4 Decks; 2 Room Additions; 2 In Ground Swimming Pools
• 1 Lot Split Approved
• 5 Agricultural Exemptions Approved
• 10 Complaints Filed and Closed
• 4 Board of Zoning Appeals Hearings — 3 Variances and 1 Conditional Use for home occupation were heard.
• 4 Zoning Commission Meetings held.
At the request of the Trustees, the Zoning Commission is considering language changes to Section 7.05 (B) of the Zoning Resolution. Under current language, outdoor storage of trailers of any type, boats, motor homes, buses and equipment of any type for a period exceeding 14 days during any calendar year is prohibited if visible from any adjoining property or roadway.
The Commission is discussing potential language changes that more accurately reflects the rural character of the township and resident preferences. The Zoning Resolution is located online under the Zoning Tab. If you have any suggestions or comments to share with the Zoning Commission regarding the language changes, please contact the Zoning Office by telephone or by email.
Roads and Cemeteries
Just a reminder: Contractors or homeowners planning any work (including excavation and driveway culvert pipes) within the township roadway right-of-way must obtain a permit from Kingston Township prior to initiating any work.
Please contact Roadway Superintendent Doug Crowl at 740-815-8427. Township roads include Todd Street, Blue Church, Rosecrans, Twigg Hupp, Clark, Blayney, Wilson, Stockwell (portion), Beacom (portion), Berkshire (portion) roads and Basham and Wildwood lanes.
The townships grant application for funding through the OPWC to widen and resurface Blue Church Road from State Route 521 north to the turnaround at Interstate 71 was not approved for 2017. The Trustees will reconsider grant application submission during the summer.
Should the project be eventually approved, funding will come from the grant, the Delaware County Engineers Office and Kingston Township.
On February 7, 2017, the Trustees purchased a new 2015 Western Star dump truck with salt spreader and plow at a cost of $124,900 dollars. The unit will be financed under a low-interest, three-year lease to own agreement. While the unit is a 2015 year model, it has never been titled and will come with a full manufacturer’s warranty. Maintenance costs and frequency of breakdowns with the current 1997 International dump truck have increased to the point that a new truck is warranted to maintain our roadways year-round. To date this winter, over 163 tons of salt have been applied to our roadways for safety.
The Trustees were informed that Nationwide Realty Investors intends to begin major work on Wilson Road within the township in Spring 2017. This work will include base repair, widening and paving adjacent to the NorthStar Development approximately from the sewer plant west to the Berkshire Township line. The final course of asphalt for this new work will be extended east over work completed by the township in 2014 to the bridge over Little Walnut Creek. Wilson Road will be closed during the roadway construction work.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has approved a project to modify the intersection of State Route 61 and State Route 656/Wilson. They are looking at design alternatives to improve sight distances and move traffic through the intersection safely including the possible construction of a roundabout. Their target date for construction is reportedly 2020. Additional funding for the project may come from the Delaware County Engineer and Kingston Township. As residents well know, this is a very unsafe intersection which has produced a number of vehicular accidents with injuries and deaths. Questions regarding the project should be directed to ODOT District 6 in Delaware at 740-833-8000.
From December 2016 to February 2017, there were two driveway culvert permits issued during the period, and 3 road kill deer were removed from township road right-of-ways.
Information for this story was provided by the township’s First Quarter newsletter.