HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP - Bob Benner Outgoing zoning inspector for Hopewell Township attended Monday night's township meeting. Benner had his resignation accepted in November and will turn over the reins at the beginning of 2013. Applications are being accepted for the position, and anyone interested may contact one of the trustees.
Jane Tomaszewski submitted receipts for work completed in producing revised zoning code books. She expressed an interest in a secretary position with the zoning board which the board will consider at its reorganizational meeting in January. The zoning code books are available for $10.
A representative of Reineke Ford attended the meeting to complete the transfer of a 2013 F-250 truck to the township for $24,530 plus the cost of a plow and considering a trade-in.
An Ohio Department of Transportation report requesting certification of the number of miles in the township was received.
A privately-owned road is being turned over to the township and a check will be made if it is included in the current mileage.
A discussion of the sewer work around Bascom prompted concerns of the Meadowbrook Park access being restricted during construction. The board emphasized that even though signage has been erected stating State Route 18 is closed, access to the park will remain open and local traffic will not be impeded.
James Fruth attended representing the Seneca County Board of Elections and asked the board to consider modifying the voting areas in the township. One precinct currently meets at the fire station, at which Fruth describes the parking as "a disaster," and is not handicapped friendly. He asked the board to allow the township house, which already houses one precinct polling, to allow a second precinct to utilize the space. The board told Fruth they are open to combining the polling places at the township building and asked him to convey their wishes to the board of elections.
Township residents with number 2s on their blue address signs will need to have them replaced, according to board member Lori Zoeller, due to a lack of reflectivity. Emergency response teams use the signs to identify locations when calls are received. She said there is no charge to have these numbers replaced and residents should contact a trustee or telephone their office at (419) 937-2020.
Other business included:
The recycling site can be accessed 24 hours a day at the township maintenance garage on TR 112.
Concerns were expressed on incomplete readings of meters by AEP and billing implications.
Council is considering acquisition of newer chipper for $2,500.
A letter was received from Health Link discussing annual renewal of drug screen consortium.
County commissioner Jeff Wagner contacted trustees concerning lack of signage on High Street.
The board is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the township house. The last meeting of the year is 3 p.m. Dec. 31.