From the Trustees
As we mentioned last month, a review and update of the Berkshire Township Comprehensive Plan is now underway. We encourage everyone interested to attend the meeting Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Scott Sanders from the Regional Planning Commission will be here to help us understand how our township fits into the larger county puzzle.
The plan has not been updated since 2008. Many of the developments occurring in the township now were not even on the horizon in 2008. We need to stay ahead so we are not running to play catch up with the growth and development happening as we write this; making sure our vision for Berkshire Township meshes well with the inevitable progress.
Few things are more important than your input regarding this issue. We urge you to attend the meetings to offer your views; become educated on where we are as a community and where we hope to go. The meeting dates will be published in this monthly e-newsletter, and are always on the BerkshireTwp.org website as well as posted on the board outside the Township Hall at 1454 Rome Corners Rd.
Calendar Of Events
Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. SPECIAL ZONING BOARD MEETING TO INITIATE THE PROCESS OF UPDATING THE BERKSHIRE TOWNSHIP COMPREHENSIVE PLAN Open to the public
Monday, March 13, 7 p.m., Trustee Meeting, Open to the public
Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m., Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting, Open to the public
Monday, March 27, 7 p.m., Trustee Meeting, Open to the public
Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. Parks Meeting, Open to the Public
Do you know where you live?
by Shawna Burkham
When we left off, Moses Byxbe and his merry band of settlers had begun building their community of Berkshire, named after Byxbe’s home county in Massachusetts.
Berkshire Village was the first laid out in the county. It was laid out by Byxbe in the fall of 1804, and included land which is now part of Berlin and Delaware Townships, as well.
Did you know that Byxbe also laid out Delaware, the capital of the county? It was originally laid out on the east bank of the Olentangy, but later abandoned and the plat for the new town, on the west bank was recorded in the Recorder’s Office of Franklin County in March of 1808, 209 years ago this month!
According to the history book, Byxbe was quite the industrious and ambitious gentleman. In addition to being a merchant and pioneer, he was one of several serving as a Justice of the Peace and also Galena’s first Postmaster. Regarding his role as Justice of the Peace, the book states “Their courts were the scenes of many a ludicrous incident, no doubt, from which a volume might be compiled that would rank high among the humorous works of the day.” I don’t know about you, but it sounds to me like not a lot has changed.
Next month we’ll continue exploring our township through the eyes of the writers from 1880.
The reference material used and quoted in writing these articles is a book titled History of Delaware County and Ohio, published by O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers in 1880.
Obey Speed Limits
A reminder: Several of our neighborhoods are having issues with drivers speeding through their streets, most of which have a 25 mph speed limit. The township has notified the Delaware County Sheriff’s office as well as developers who have contractors working in these neighborhoods. Both have indicated they will be actively investigating this issue. We remind everyone to obey the speed limits to protect the safety of all residents, especially children on our streets and in our communities.
Parks Meeting March 30, 7 p.m.
Planning continues and every meeting we see new faces who want to be involved. We are so fortunate to have residents who are interested, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Thank you.
At our last meeting we reviewed ideas for the Children’s Play area, the Children’s Garden, the picnic shelter, the cost for “Legacy Trees” which could be purchased and donated by individuals or group, and the possibility of partnering with the Delaware Area United Way to establish a Born Learning Trail.
The next meeting to discuss planning for the park will be held Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall, and you are invited.
Park Survey Update
An overwhelming number of you responded — just under half, to be exact. And the responses were overwhelmingly in favor of pursuing a park. The impressive thing was more than 10 percent of the people who said they didn’t think they would use a park themselves, still supported the project; and 88 percent of all respondents support the project. We will continue to update you on the survey results.
Unwieldy trash cans
Did you know that you are not required to use the large trash bins if they are too difficult for you to handle?
Some residents have expressed concerns about the size of the Republic Waste Services trash cans that were provided last year. If you are unable to handle the large cans, you are permitted to use your own cans for trash, however, YOU MUST USE THE BINS PROVIDED FOR RECYCLABLES, if you recycle. Please contact Republic directly with any issues or concerns.
Also, we encourage you to always collect the empty cans on Fridays as high winds may cause them to blow over into the road, creating a traffic hazard, and it keeps our neighborhoods and streets looking nicer.
Information for this story was provided by the township’s newsletter.