At the July 12, 2016 meeting of the Bethel Township Miami Trustees, the trustees declared their intention to place a Fire Levy on the November 2016 ballot. The proposed replacement levy will increase the current levy at the rate of 2.9 mills. The trustees have determined that the current levy will not be sufficient to provide an adequate amount needed to provide fire protection to the unincorporated area of Bethel Township. The proposed levy will cost residents. $0.49 cents for every one hundred dollars of the value of their property and will be collected from 2018 through 2022. According to Township Administrator Andy Ehrhart, the replacement levy is necessary to continue the quality of services the township currently provides to residents.

In other business, the trustees approved the alternate 2017 Tax Budget and will submit that approved budget to the Miami County Commission. They also approved the appointment of Samantha Witt to the Bethel Township Fire Department.

In Planning and Zoning, the trustees approved a re-zoning request from Phyllis Hanson of 4485 Scarf Road to split and rezone 3.154 acres from the 14.785-acre parcel. The 3.154 acres were rezoned from A-2 Agriculture to R1-AAA Residential. The remaining 11.631 acres will remain A-2 Agriculture and will be re-plated and joined with the A-2 Agriculture parcels behind the current property. The re-plat is required to ensure that the remaining acres are not landlocked without access to a public road.

In addition, the trustees approved the re-zoning request from Thomas Burrowes of 9885 Palmer to split and rezone 10.3 acres from a 147.3-acre parcel and to change the zoning from A-2 Agriculture to A-1 Domestic Agriculture.

In addition, the Planning and Zoning received five applications were and issued them. The requests included two requests for above ground pools at 5195 Westland and 8280 Wildcat, two additions at 7910 Palmer and 6235 Pisgah, and a pole barn at 8730 Heilman.

Zoning and Planning Administrator Marty Caskey announced that the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) would meet on at 6:30 p.m. July 28, 2016 to hear three applications for variances. First, the BZA will hear a request for a pole barn larger than permitted by the zoning regulations at 6185 Dayton-Brand Road. The second request is to permit a lean to be built on the east side of a building at 6821 US 40. Third, the property owner has requested a sign at 4191 US 40 that does not meet the townships regulations.

In addition, the Zoning Commission has received a request to divide 13 acres at 8130 Palmer into a 10-acre parcel and a 3-acre parcel and to change the zoning from A-2 Agriculture to A-1 Domestic Agriculture for the 10-acre parcel and R1-AAA Residential for the 3-acre parcel. The Zoning Commission will meet on August 25, 2016 to hear the case.

For the Fire Department, Ehrhart reported that the department made 17 runs between June 25, 2016 and July 9, 2016. They responded to three fires, two of which were building fires, and nine emergency medical service calls. In addition, they responded to a gas leak, a carbon monoxide activation and two alarms.

The next meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for July 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the township meeting room.

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