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The following report is culled from approved minutes of the Wednesday, May 21, Harlem Township Board of Trustees meeting submitted by Harlem Fiscal Officer Bobby Fracasso.

The Harlem Township Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, May 21 at the Harlem Township Hall and Firehouse with trustees Jerry Paul, Dave Jackson and Carl Richison present. Also in chambers for the session were Harlem Division of Fire Chief Dale Fling, Eldon Johnston, Harlem Township Zoning Inspector Jon Trainer, Linda Allaby, Donny Blackstone, Vicki Tieche, Belinda Mortensen, Alan Cizak, Harlem Township Roads and Maintenance Supervisor Bart Walker, and Ziad Shaheen.


Shaheen, who resides at 5112 Harlem Road, was in to share with the trustees a video he had taken of the noise problem originating at 5180 Harlem Road. He said that he and his neighbors could no longer tolerate the noise problem. He again asked the trustees what could be done because of the nuisance.


Three items that have needed to be addressed, Shaheen said: 1) the shooting of a car, 2) noise nuisance, and 3) running a home-based business.


Vicki Tieche was in to discuss the replacement of the flag in the township park, cemetery signs, Harlem School Memorial design and the township web site update.


Eldon Johnston, representing the Delaware County Engineers Office, suggested the township resubmit a grant request to the Ohio Public Works Commission for work on Bevelhiemer Road and request county engineering assistance.


Linda Allaby asked if the board would consider lowering her Board of Zoning Appeals fees. The Zoning Inspector said both of her variances she applied for was for the price of one through the BZA board. The trustees said they are not in favor of reducing rates.


Bart Walker suggested that a tree on Duncan Run Road needs to be taken down. The trustees will place an ad in the local paper for a part time seasonal maintenance worker. Cemetery driveways were discussed for the Barnhard Addition on Fancher Road.


Trainer said there were six new Harlem Township building permits issued in May of 2014.


Trainer also said he would like to formally request the trustees do everything possible to obtain lost records or else declare them permanently lost and instruct him to inquire through the Delaware County Prosecutor how the township should go about rebuilding lost records.


Chief Fling reported Harlem Division of Fire runs to date through May 21: Fire 65, EMS 124; total 189.


The Chief gave the trustees a letter a letter of resignation from Dave Willison; hydrant flushing is nearly completed; walls are being painted in the firehouse; and trustees approved a motion to spend $768 to replace a lock, as per Fling’s request.


The trustees agreed to pursue a fire levy replacement.


The trustees approved a motion to request roadway engineering assistance from the Delaware County Engineers Office; and approved the 2014 road improvement program with the Shelly Company for $44862.55.


The trustees approved bid of $13,975 submitted by Joe Gall Builders for the replacement of floors and doors at Grange Hall.


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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