OSNABURG TWP.-- A new fire chief will be welcomed at the township trustees' Aug. 22 meeting.
The township will swear in Richard Shearer as its new chief, taking over for interim chief Amy Parker. During last week's regular meeting, trustee Kris Vincent said three qualified and very impressive applicants applied for the position.
Trustees thanked Parker for her work over the past three months.
In other fire business, captain Herb Fogle asked trustees to send some firefighters to a required training class in October. A motion was passed to pay a $50 required fee and send all who are able to attend.
Trustees received a letter sent to East Canton Mayor Kathy Almasy from solicitor Charles Hall. The letter is is inference to the growing of medical marijuana.
The letter states, "The legislative authority of municipal corporation may adopt an ordinance, or a board of township trustees may adopt a resolution to prohibit, or limit the number of, cultivators, processors, or retail dispensaries licensed under this chapter within the municipal corporation or within the unincorporated territory of the township, respectively."
Hall later commented, "I recommend that both a resolution of the board of trustees to prohibit or limit a change to the zoning code be adopted. The legislation does not become effective until Sept. 8, 2016, so no legislative action should be taken before this date." Trustees tabled the topic for a later meeting.
In zoning business, Dorothy Bucher had a question concerning a ditch at the intersection of Fairbrook and Green Hill. The ditch was created several years ago to stop the homes in that area from flooding. A new resident has concerns for children in the area who may fall into that ditch, which is five feet deep. This ditch is the responsibility of the county, and the resident will be told to contact the county with their concern.
In concern for another property problem, Bucher informed trustees of two properties are located next to each other. A concern was expressed for one of the homes being built over the property line and onto the other property. One of the properties is listed for sale, and the issue would cause a problem with how the property can be sold. It is hoped that the two owners can work out a settlement that won't require the owner of the home over the property line be required to tear down part of the home that is over the line.
In other business, trustees:
/ RECEIVED a copy of the proposed budget for 2017 with a projected total of $1,824,417;
/ RECEIVED a fire action report which included 25 advanced life support calls, eight fire calls, one mutual aid received from Louisville, one mutual aid received from Sandy Creek, one provided to Washington Township;
/ HEARD a road report which included work completed on Fairhill, Westfall and Parks Avenue; road equipment worked on; mowing completed on Orchardview and septic tanks pumped.