At the February 27, 2018 meeting of the Bethel Miami Township Trustees, Township Administrator Andy Ehrhart reported that the Fire Department has completed fitting for new fire gear. Each set of gear costs about $2,000. The total purchase will be about $20,000, which is scheduled for later this year.

Ehrhart also reported that with the intense recent rains, the township has had severe issues with flooding. In most places, that water has drained; however, he is still working on several locations that need additional attention including a section of Agenbroad that does not drain efficiently.

In addition, Ehrhart said that the road crew has been working to fill potholes on the township roads that have developed over the winter. He also said the road survey is scheduled for this week.

Furthermore, Ehrhart and the road crew are investigating the State Paving Program for the section of Scarff between SR 571 and US 40 and a section of Hasket Lane to see if the program can save the township some money.

For the Fire Department, Ehrhart reported that the department made 24 runs between February 10, 2018 and February 23, 2018. They responded to one building fire on Gerlaugh Road, which was an assist to Bethel Township Clark County. He also reported that the department made 18 emergency medical service calls, including three motor vehicle accidents with injuries and one without. He commented that the township has had several severe accidents in the last month.

Planning and Zoning Director Marty Caskey reported that three zoning applications were requested and issued. First, a certificate was issued for a new residence at 2750 Ginghamsburg-West Charleston Road; a certificate was issued for an aboveground pool at 5110 E SR 572 and a certificate for an accessory building at 7940 Newbury Road.

In addition, he reported that the Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 22, 2018 to hear a variance request for an accessory building at 2750 Ginghamsburg-West Charleston Road that is larger than allowed by the zoning regulations. The Zoning Commission will also meet on March 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. to hear a request to rezone 2.001 acres from A-2 General Agriculture to B-2 Office/Residential for the establishment of a preschool.

In Zoning Enforcement, Caskey responded to a general junk complaint, which has been cleared.

The regularly scheduled March 13, 2018 Trustee Meeting has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict with the Bethel School Winter Sports Banquet. The next regular meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for March 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Meeting Room.

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