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April 4, 2017


April 4, 2017


Chairman Bill Welsh called the Regular Trustee Meeting of April 4, 2017 to order at 7:00pm at the Harrison Township Building, 2746 Weigand Road, Lockbourne, Ohio.  Attending were Trustee Doug Clark, Trustee Joe DeFelice, Trustee Bill Welsh, Fiscal Officer MaryAnn Elliott, Fire Chief Eric Edgington, Zoning Inspector Dale Hoover and Road/Cemetery Superintendent Kevin Hulse.  Residents James Burke, James and Phyllis Livingston and Chanei Whitesel and Firefighters Beau Ramey and Matthew Scholl were present.  Jim McFarland was present.  Residents Rita and Lowell Rader arrived at 7:55pm.


  1. James Burke addressed the board stating that hundreds of semis a day are going in and out of the Railroad property on Old Duvall Court East. They are hauling gravel and tearing up the road, leaving a lot of dirt and causing an extreme amount of dust.  He stated that he cannot open windows or sleep because of the constant beeping at night.  Mr. DeFelice stated that he had gone over to try to get a timeline from them as to how long they would be having all of these trucks in and out.  They refused to give him an answer.  Mr. DeFelice explained that the Trustees have no control over the Railroad.
  2. Phyllis Livingston said she had contacted the Pickaway County Health Department at the end of last summer because of the standing water and abundance of mosquitos. The Health Department informed her that West Nile mosquitos had been found in the pond at Duvall. She has also called the EPA and they would not come out to measure air quality.
  3. James Livingston said the new driveway has blocked drainage and is causing ponding of the water and mosquito infestation. The amount of dirt is making it difficult to go outside at all.
  4. Mr. DeFelice said he will visit the site again and make some phone calls. He will call the Health Department and asked each one of the residents to call them and file a complaint.
  5. Mr. McFarland was present to observe the meeting. He did not wish to address the board.
  6. Firefighter Ramey asked if the Trustees were available to meet with the Union Bargaining Team on April 12 at 5:30. The Trustees agreed.  Matt Scholl was present to observe.
  7. Rita Rader asked what has been done regarding the zoning violation against the Salyers property at 2515 SR 752. The Trustees stated that they believed that it had been turned over to the Prosecutor’s office after the second notice, but they hadn’t heard anything further.  Mrs. Rader said she had personally spoken to both Prosecutor Judy Wolford and Assistant Prosecutor Jayme Fountain and they both said they had not received anything regarding this property.  The Clerk said she would research this and have an answer for Mr. and Mrs. Rader at the next Trustee meeting.


  1. Kelly Spriggs has asked if the Zoning Commission could meet at 6pm instead of 8pm on the second Monday of each quarter. The Trustees agreed to this meeting time change as long as it is agreeable with all members of the Zoning Commission.  The clerk will change the website and have a legal notice published in the Herald as well as have Kevin change the building sign to reflect this change.
  2. A letter was received from the Pickaway County Building Department regarding building permits and zoning permits.
  3. The matter concerning the plans for a horse training facility in Harrison Township was discussed. Mr. DeFelice explained that when this was brought before the board in 2014, the Trustees were told that it falls under agriculture and they have no power to prohibit its development.  The letters concerning this are attached to the Trustee minutes of September 2, 2014 as Record A and B. 
  4. Mr. DeFelice said it has been brought to his attention that near the Pence farm they are running vehicles through the roadside ditch which is dangerous and tearing up the ditch. He asked Dale to ask them to stop before someone gets hurt.  They also need to be notified that they need a pipe under the driveway at the new house.
  5. Dave’s Cycle Shop has a sign but has not applied for a sign permit.


  1. The ditch at 11984 Bulen-Pierce is not draining, because it is filled with leaves and debris. It needs to be cleaned out.
  2. Mr. DeFelice is going to apply for a 100% ODOT grant to replace road signage up to $50,000.00. We will not have a need for the entire amount but villages within Harrison Township can also apply up to the limit.  Mr. DeFelice asked if the Trustees wanted to offer this to Ashville and South Bloomfield.  The Trustees agreed that any amount left after the Township replaces signs, can be offered to the villages.
  3. Trent at Coughlin has agreed to zero out the truck bill for the oil change and tire repair on the 2017 Ford Truck.
  4. Mr. Clark said Sam’s Excavating said they would charge about the same amount as Roese Brother’s Paving to fix the entrance. The entire entrance doesn’t need to be replaced, just repair the potholes.  The Trustees asked Kevin to call Mike Pettibone and see if he can repair it.


  1. The Chief stated that Pickaway-Ross Vocational School contacted him about purchasing the 2006 ambulance. The Trustees asked him to have them suggest a price they are willing to pay for it.
  2. Captains Chad Noggle and Shawn Davidson will fly to Nebraska April 17 for the final inspection of the engine. It should be delivered later that week.
  3. The lettering size for the “Harrison Township Fire Department” to be installed on the station was changed to 18” letters because it looked better than the 15” letters.
  4. The new ambulance should be in service by next week.



A RESOLUTION TO KEEP THE OTARMA INSURANCE LIABILITY AMOUNT AT THREE MILLION DOLLARS AND NOT INCREASE IT.  Mr. DeFelice moved and Mr. Clark seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R17-26.

  1. Franklin Christman from Ashville asked if the Trustees were interested joining Ashville in negotiating a refuse contract for the township. Mr. DeFelice made a motion not to contract the township trash pickup and Mr. Clark seconded the motion.  The Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve the motion.
  2. The Division of Liquor Control asked if the Trustees want a hearing regarding the liquor license for the new Dollar General at 499 Long Street, Ashville. Mr. DeFelice moved that no hearing was desired by the Trustee Board and Mr. Clark seconded the motion.  The Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve the motion.
  3. We received notifications from the Ohio EPA regarding Class B Biosolids and the current locations.
  4. The Clerk informed the Trustees of the Circleville Sunrise Rotary Law Day Program and breakfast on May 2nd.
  5. Cindy Watkins called to ask if the Trustees were interested in re-listing the Northrup property. The Trustees said if she has anyone interested in purchasing the property they would sign with her to list it but there was no interest at all before when it was listed for a year.
  6. Burnham & Flower Insurance sent a letter asking to discuss Health Insurance for the township employees. The Trustees are not interested changing from Ohio Insurance at this time. 


March 21, 2017 Regular Meeting:  Mr. DeFelice moved and Mr. Clark seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of March 7, 2017 and the Trustees voted with three yes votes.  Motion carried. 



A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PAY THE ATTACHED LIST OF BILLS AS THE LAWFUL OBLIGATIONS OF HARRISON TOWNSHIP.  Mr. Clark moved and Mr. DeFelice seconded and the Trustees voted with three yes votes to approve R17-27.

The clerk asked if there was any other business to be addressed at this meeting.  There was none. 

At 8:28pm The Clerk asked to go into executive session to discuss the Firefighter’s Union Contract negotiations.  Mr. DeFelice made a motion to go into executive session.  Mr. Welsh seconded the motion and the Trustees voted: Mr. Welsh, yes; Mr. DeFelice, yes.  Mr. Clark was excused from the meeting as he cannot take part in the union negotiations.

At 8:36pm Mr. DeFelice made a motion to leave executive session.  Mr. Welsh seconded the motion and the Trustees voted: Mr. Welsh, yes; Mr. DeFelice, yes.


With no further comments and all scheduled matters attended to, Mr. DeFelice moved and Mr. Welsh seconded the motion to adjourn the April 4, 2017 Board of Trustee Meeting.  All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned at 8:36pm.