At the April 12, 2016 meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees, the trustees approved the hiring of Marty Caskey to fill the position of Assistant to the Administration. Caskey currently lives in the township and has served on the Bethel Township Zoning Commission for several years. Caskey will be responsible for Zoning and Planning. He will work with residents, developers and business to plan, review, and enforce zoning regulations and property inspections. In addition, he will write grants and assist the township administrator.

As a result of his new position, Caskey resigned his position on the Zoning Commission. The trustees will be requesting a new volunteer to fill his position. The Zoning Commission recommends changes in zoning to the Board of Trustees. The Commission also reviews and changes the text of the Bethel Township Zoning Resolution. The volunteer must be a Bethel Township Resident.

In addition, the trustees approved a resolution to purchase a new Airetex Compressor for the SCBA Fill Station for $3,700.

For the Fire Department, Township Administrator, Andy Ehrhart reported that the department made 39 runs between March 19, 2016 and April 8, 2016. The department responded to two auto accidents with injuries, one call for arching power lines and two fires. The department also responded to 24 emergency medical service (EMS) calls.

For Zoning and Planning, Caskey reported that three applications for building permits were received and issued. One request was made to build a 14 x 20 foot shed at 6505 Scarff Road, one request for a sign at 7517 SR 202 and one request for a pole barn at 6574 SR 571. The Bethel Township Zoning Commission and the Bethel Township Board of Zoning Appeals will not meet in April since neither board has any cases. No zoning citations were issued.

The next regular meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for April 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the township meeting room.

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