At the December 12, 2017 meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees, the trustees approved a one year service agreement with Physio-Control, Inc. for $2,934.96 for technical support for the Bethel Township Fire Department. Cardio Partners, provides preventive maintenance (PM) services for the Fire Department’s medical equipment. The contract is effective for 2018.

In addition, the trustees approved a resolution to dispose of a 2006 Ford Explorer through a public sale of the equipment. The Explorer will be listed on eBay with a $500 reserve.

Township Administrator Andy Ehrhart announced that the township took down nine trees on Scarff. The wood is available free at the township office for anyone interested.

Ehrhart also announced that the Fire Department made 35 runs between November 11, 2017 and December 8, 2017. The runs included 27 emergency medical service (EMS) calls including one vehicle accident with no injuries and one with injuries. They also responded to a building fire and a trash fire. Ehrhart explained, “Hensley’s maple syrup building caught fire. The building is no longer used for processing maple syrup but was full of firewood. The fire is not suspicious.”

Planning and Zoning Director Marty Caskey reported that no zoning certificates were applied for and none were issued. He also reported that he received a rezoning request for 58.865 acres to be rezoned from A-2 General Agriculture to A-1 Domestic Agriculture for a lot split at 5950 SR 202. The Bethel Township Zoning Commission will hear the case in January.

In addition, Caskey announced that the Bethel Township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will meet on December 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to hear two conditional use requests. The first request from J C Snediker at 6165 SR 201 is to establish a wedding venue on property currently zoned A-2 General Agriculture. The second request from Best Storage Inc at 9161 SR 201 is to allow retail sales on property zoned I-1 Light Industrial.

For Zoning Enforcement, Caskey responded to two high grass complaints and one other. Two of the three have been cleared.

Resident Delacy Dawson of 2987 US 40 expressed his concerns regarding the quantity of water that collects and flows over US 40 on his property. He said, “A few years ago when the sewer lines were put in, the crews took the metal grate off a catch basin at the corner of US 40 and Wildcat. They replaced it with plywood. The catch basin is still there, but it is covered with the plywood and grass.”

Trustee Jerry Hirt said the township would look at the engineering plans and get back to Dawson on the status of the catch basin.

The next regular meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for December 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the township meeting room.

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