At the March 28, 2017 meeting of the Bethel Miami Trustees meeting, the trustees passed two resolutions that put the finishing touches on the 2017 appropriations. The first resolution amended the official certificates of the estimated resources and approved supplemental amounts to the revenue budget for several funds including the general fund, fire funds, road and bridge fund, and the police fund for the calendar year 2017.

The trustees adopted a second resolution the approved the permanent appropriations to cover the current expenses and other expenditures for the year.

In other business, Fire Chief Andy Ehrhart reported that the fire department responded to 26 calls between March 11, 2017 and March 24, 2017. The calls included 19 emergency medical service calls and four fires. Three of the fires were caused by lightning strikes, two of which resulted in little damage to the structure. The third lightning at the corner of Pisgah and Ross resulted in significant wire damage. The department also responded to an incinerator malfunction that caused a fire.

For Planning and Zoning, Planning and Zoning Director Marty Caskey reported that two zoning certificates were requested and issued for new residences. The residences include a new home at 5824 SR 571 and a new home at the corner of Ross and SR 202.

In addition, Caskey reported that the Zoning Commission Board opposed the rezoning of two lots at the corner of SR 202 and US 40 to I-1 Light Industrial for the construction of a gas station. The trustees will hold a public hearing on the case at 6:30 p.m. on April 11, 2017 before the regularly scheduled trustee meeting on that date. The trustees will vote on the rezoning case at the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Caskey also reported that Commission will hear a request to rezone a parcel at 6625 Cobaugh Road from I-1 Light Industrial to R-1AAA Residential at 7:30 p.m. on April 27, 2017. The current use of the property is residential.

For the Bethel Zoning Appeals Board, Caskey reported that they will meet at 6:30 p.m. to hear a variance request for a property at 6476 US 40 to allow a smaller lot size and less road frontage for a .56-acre parcel at 6476 US 40.

In Zoning Enforcement, Caskey addressed and cleared two junk car complaints and two construction related complaints so far this year.

The next meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for April 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bethel Township Meeting Room.

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