Pictured are Gary Biggs, Andy Ehrhart, Beth van Haaren & Jerry Hirt

At the August 9, 2016 meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees, the trustees recognized Fire Chief Andy Ehrhart for 30 years of service to the department. They presented Ehrhart with a fire helmet engraved with his name and years of service that he has given to the community. In addition to serving as the Fire Chief, Ehrhart serves the township as the township administrator.

For the Fire Department, Ehrhart reported that the department made 18 runs between July 23, 2016 and August 5, 2016. The department responded to 12 emergency medical calls including one vehicle accident with injuries. In addition, they responded to one contained trash fire. The remaining calls included an electrical wiring problem, a public service call, and three cancelled calls.

For Planning and Zoning, Planning and Zoning Administrator Marty Caskey, reported that four zoning applications were received and issued. Two of the applications were for detached garages at 4930 Scarff Road and 7285 S Palmer. The other two requests were for an agricultural building at 7995 SR 571 and a covered porch at 7295 SR 571.

Caskey also announced that The Bethel Zoning Commission has two amendments pending. The first is to divide and rezone a 13-acre parcel at 8130 Palmer into a 10-acre parcel zoned A-2 General Agricultural and a 3-acre parcel zoned A-1 Domestic Agriculture. The second proposed rezoning splits a 20.937-acre parcel at 6160 US 40 into a 2.933-acre parcel that will remain A-2 General Agriculture with the remaining acres to be zoned B-3. The Zoning Commission will meet on August 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to consider the first rezoning request. The second request will be consider at the September meeting.

In addition, the Board of Zoning Appeals will meeting on August 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to consider a request for a double variance of a sign at 4191 US 40. The Iron Workers Local 290 hopes to erect a sign at that location that exceeds the 50 square feet maximum size limit and to place it on the side of the building above the 10-feet maximum sign height. The sign, which the Iron Workers have moved from their previous location, is 144 square feet. The 5.132-acre lot is zoned I-1.

In Zoning Enforcement, Caskey responded to one junk car complaint and two high grass complaints

In regular business, no actions were taken.

The next meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for August 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the township meeting room.

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