Berkshire Newsletter October 2018

Berkshire Township

Berkshire Township is the birthplace for Monarch butterflies at its Learning Garden.

Berkshire Township is the birthplace for Monarch butterflies at its Learning Garden.

We know there has been a lot of interest over the proposed Planet Oasis development east of the intersection of I-71 and 36/37, as articles continue to pop up in the media. As of this writing, nothing has been submitted to the township Zoning Board for review. If and when an application is submitted, it will appear on the Zoning Board’s agenda and all required nearby landowners will be notified. In the meantime, if you have any questions you are welcome to contact our office at 740-965-2992.


Rod Myers, Bill Holtry and Mike Dattilo, Township Trustees

Always, for the most up-to-the minute info, be sure to visit the CALENDAR OF EVENTS and TOWNSHIP NEWS page on our website.

Calendar of Events

All events listed take place at the Berkshire Township Hall, 1454 Rome Corners Rd., Galena OH 43021 unless otherwise noted


Monday, October 15, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Drop-in-anytime Open House

Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m. Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting, if needed. Open to the public

Monday, October 22, 7 p.m. Trustee Meeting, open to the public


Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m. Zoning Meeting

Tuesday, November 6, ELECTION DAY

Monday, November 12, VETERANS DAY, Township offices closed

Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m. Trustee Meeting, open to the public

Monday, November 26, 7 p.m. Trustee Meeting,

Parks Master Plan Open House

On Monday October 15th you are invited to attend this Open House. EDGE Landscape Architects, together with their partners will be here to present the final draft of the Berkshire Township Parks and Trails Master Plan.

There will be multiple stations for you to review including maps of proposed trails, preliminary park plans, the results of the community survey and more.

Please plan to attend. Ask Questions. Give your feedback. We want to hear what YOU think!

p.s. Get a free pumpkin when you attend this event (one per family, while supplies last)

3,800-mile journey

As we shared last month, township resident and local butterfly expert Floyd Siebert became actively involved with the Berkshire Learning Garden through Susan Holtry, one of the garden’s creators. From searching for Monarch butterfly eggs, to watching for the emergence of caterpillars, through the entire metamorphosis process, several residents became involved in our Monarch experience.

Did you know that there is an international program to tag the butterflies with tiny, numbered stickers so their migration can be documented? Our garden became the birthplace and “launch pad” for over a dozen butterflies in August and September. They have already left on their journey to Mexico, but if one is ever recovered between here and there, the finder will be able to trace them all the way back to Berkshire Township. Thanks to all involved who made this possible and to those of you who have picked up milkweed seeds so we can increase the monarch’s habitats across the township.

Berkshire Township Welcomes Northlake Summit Apartments

On Wednesday, September 26, Northlake Summit Apartments celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Located off Fourwinds Drive North (just north of 36-37) this complex features 1-3 bedroom garden and town-home style apartments and many amenities, including a fitness center, putting green, dog park, resort-style swimming pool, business center/internet cafe complete with free Wi-Fi, an outdoor lounge/fire pit, and a spacious great room for hosting special events. The Northlake Summit Community apartments are supported by local ownership and management, 24-hour emergency services. The community is located in the Olentangy School District.

Welcome to the township, Northlake Summit!

Rent the Township Hall for your next party

If you’re a township resident looking for a good place to host your next family gathering, meeting or party contact Shawna at

The hall is available for rental to Berkshire Township residents only. More info and photos are available on our website on the “Services and Maintenance” page. Dates fill up quickly, so make your plans for the rest of 2018 soon.

The recycling industry is changing — Are you prepared?

Things have changed a lot in the recycling industry over the last two-plus years. Many items which were once considered recyclable are now unwanted; clogging up the process for the “good stuff” — resulting in less success and higher costs for those involved.

For many years, China was the recipient of much of America’s recyclables. Now China has stopped the importation of those materials. For this reason, what we will be able to recycle in the future is decreasing, and how we prepare them for recycling is becoming more critical. Please watch this newsletter and our website in the months to come for more complete info to help your family make the most of recycling as we move forward. It is still the right thing to do – for today and for our future.


To reiterate what we have been told regarding service issues, if it comes to a choice of picking up trash or recycling, due to health reasons they will focus on trash first.

Why do we use a single hauler? As a reminder to residents who may not be familiar with the decision, the choice to contract with one hauler was made for several reasons, but the main ones were:1) Economics (it saved the majority of residents quite a bit on their monthly bill, (plus added recycling) and 2) Safety/Maintenance (it greatly reduced the number of heavy trucks on our roads daily – saving wear and tear and making our streets safer for kids.)

Republic Services contact person for trash/recycling pick-up issues is Vic Citro, 937-292-0602


We encourage you to always collect your empty trash cans after pick-up as high winds may cause them to blow into the road, creating a traffic hazard. (It keeps our streets and neighborhoods looking nicer, too.)

New to the township? Republic Waste is the single authorized trash hauler for Berkshire residents. Call them to subscribe and be sure to tell them you are a Berkshire Township resident to receive our special contract rates.

Berkshire Township is the birthplace for Monarch butterflies at its Learning Garden. Township is the birthplace for Monarch butterflies at its Learning Garden.

Berkshire Township

For more information, call 740-965-2992 or visit

For more information, call 740-965-2992 or visit