Bethel Township (Miami) Authorized Lighting Contract

At the June14, 2016 meeting of the Bethel Township Miami Trustees, the trustees approved a contract for street lighting services in the Brandt Lighting District and the West Charleston Lighting District with Dayton Power and Light Company (DPL) effective January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2021. DPL will replace all light fixtures within the two districts with high-pressure sodium light fixtures and bill the township for electrical usage at a reduced cost.

Township Administrator Andy Ehrhart explained that the trustees would have to vote on a separate resolution to address assessments to property owners who live in the districts. New records for the property owners needed to be completed by September 1, 2016.

In addition, the trustees approved the hiring of Stetson Peake as a seasonal employee for the Road Department. Peake will be allowed to operate the mowers; however, he cannot operate any of the township vehicles. Peake will be employed through October 1, 2016 unless the trustees choose to extend the contract.

For the Fire Department, Ehrhart reported that the department made 27 runs between May 21, 2016 and June 10, 2016. They responded to two building fires and two motor vehicle accidents, one with injuries. In addition, they responded to 17 emergency medical service calls.

For Planning and Zoning, Marty Caskey reported that the township received and issued two zoning certificates. The first request was for a building sign at 4025 Lisa Drive. The second request was for an aboveground pool at 4270 Rudy Road.

Caskey also announced that the Bethel Zoning Commission would meet on June 23, 2016 to consider a rezoning request for 3.154 acres at 4485 Scarff Rd. from A-2 - General Agriculture to R-1AAA Residential. They will also hear a request to rezone 10 acres at 9885 Palmer Rd. from A-2 General Agriculture to A-1 Domestic Agriculture.

In Zoning Enforcement, Caskey responded to 13 complaints for high grass. All 13 property owners addressed the high grass and noxious weed issues.

Caskey also announced that the township is building their Facebook presence. The township posts a “Firehouse Friday” post on Facebook to share information of interest with the community. In addition, he reminded residents that the township has an in-depth website at www.betheltownship.org.

The next regular meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for June 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the township meeting room. The township offices will be closed on July 4, 2016 in observance of Independence Day.

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