What’s Happening in Harlem Township
We’re recycling! In 2013, 83.46 tons of recyclable material was picked up from the bins on the south side of the township Maintenance Building, an average of almost 50 pounds per township resident. The bins are currently being emptied on Mondays. If you stop by and find the bins full, please do not leave materials outside the bins – come back another day. So everyone gets the most use out of our bins, please collapse cardboard boxes and flatten plastic jugs. If possible when you come to the recycling bins, please approach them from the back side (west), which allows closer access, so the driveway to the parking lot for the park is not blocked.
On the east end of the row of bins is a bin for paper products only – newspapers, magazines, etc. Harlem Township receives $20 to $25 a month from the materials put into that bin. In January 2014, this bin was emptied three times and 4,067.11 pounds of paper was picked up, saving 6.33 cubic yards of landfill space – a valuable saving.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION ROADSIDE CLEANUP
The Civic Association in cooperation with Harlem Township Trustees and the Delaware Health District is sponsoring a roadside cleanup campaign on Saturday April 12, 2014. After several months of wind, snow, and rain, the township’s ditches are filled with assorted debris. Volunteers are needed to help show their civic pride and clean up our roadsides. Volunteers can pick up trash bags, road assignments, and safety vests from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road, 1/4 mile west of Center Village. We urge volunteers to wear study boots and gloves for their protection. You are encouraged to return to the Grange Hall between 11:30 and 1:00 for a free lunch, bragging rights on the most unusual finds, and return of safety vests.
For your convenience you may call Valerie Pedersen (740 965 3670) to secure a road assignment and bags ahead of time (especially if you would like to collect trash at other times over that weekend). Trash filled bags will be picked up along assigned roads on Monday, April 14 by the Township maintenance crew.
SPRING CEMETERY MAINTENANCE
March Reminder: Township cemetery cleanup begins April 1. Remove anything you want to save which is not on the approved list for our cemetery decorations. Go to the Harlem Township Cemeteries page to view the list.
Spring also means removal of holiday decorations in all the township cemeteries. Township Maintenance crews will begin their spring clean-up in the cemeteries April 1, which means anyone having holiday decorations in the cemeteries they wish to save needs to have them removed by then.
And, by the rules for the township cemeteries enacted in 2012, the township maintenance staff may also permanently remove all decorative ornaments, solar lights, pavers, edging stones, and gravel. Everyone needs to think of our cemeteries as gated communities with "zoning" rules to protect the rights of all the property owners. Just as you would not want a neon green and purple painted house with a ten foot high pink flamingo in the front yard next door to yours, many lot holders (and the township) do not want spinning whirligigs, solar lights, animal or other statuary, painted stones, plantings in old tires, etc. beside their lots. Even wind chimes ruin someone else"s desire for peace and silence. Cemeteries are hallowed places, and should be places of honor. While some may feel the assortments of decorations on family graves are honoring their beloved departeds, the decorations are dishonoring someone else"s beloved departed beside them. Please, clean up your family gravesites and be sure to abide by the planting rules which can be found in the complete list of cemetery rules under the Township tab, Cemeteries.
JOINT COUNTY HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFFS
Locations and dates for our joint counties (Delaware, Knox, Morrow, and Marion) hazardous waste drop-offs for this spring are: April 26, Morrow County Fairgrounds, 195 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and May 17, Marion County Fairgrounds, 220 E. Fairgrounds St., Marion, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Flammables, Toxics or Poisons, Corrosives, Reactive Materials, Electronics, and Tires can be dropped off on these dates at these locations (but not paint!). There is a $2 charge for passenger tires, $4 for truck tires, and $25 for tractor tires. Also, there is a $10 charge for any size TV and $2 for computer monitors. The Delaware County collection will be on October 4, but as residents of the joint counties, Delaware County residents may drop off wastes at these spring events.
For more information, view the Delaware County Health Department flyer.
SPRING ROAD MAINTENANCE
It’s hard to think about Spring with all the snow we have on the ground, but spring is just around the corner and because of all the snow, cold weather, road salt, etc. there will be additional maintenance needs on township roads. Our township maintenance staff drive the township roads every week to ten days looking for potholes, damaged pavement, and other issues that need fixing but if you notice a big problem on a township road that suddenly shows up like a collapsed tile, please call them to make sure they are aware of it, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 740-965-3456; or for after hours issues, contact information for the township trustees is listed on this website under the township and contact drop-down headings.
ROAD PROJECTS, 2014
Township road projects for 2014 are not definite yet because we are waiting for price information from the county. Projects that have been submitted are:
County road projects for 2014 in and of interest to Harlem Township are:
UPDATE: State Road Projects: The replacement of the State Route 605 bridge over Duncan Run south of Center Village has been pushed back to a mid-May start date. By contract, this project must be completed by August 1, and will include closing State Route 605 and Duncan Run Road for 51 days.
CHICKEN NOODLE DINNER
The first chicken noodle dinner of 2014 is set for Friday, March 28, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road. After much deliberation, the decision was made to raise the price of adult dinners to $7.00 beginning with the March dinner. Child dinners will remain $3.00. The price of the dinner includes mashed potatoes, chicken or beef noodles (beef may run out before 7:00 p.m.), green beans cooked with bacon, choice of salad, roll and butter, choice of drink, and choice of dessert (one per dinner; extras are $1.00 each). The profit from the March dinner will be used for more restoration work in the township cemeteries.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP DAYS 2014
We’re half a year away from Harlem Township Days 2014: August 16 and 17. Members of Harlem Township Heritage are hard at work planning for this year’s two day township festival. If you’ve been to Harlem Township Days in the past and thought "Boy, I wish they had this or that," please come to one of the next Harlem Township Heritage meetings and share your ideas on March 13, and April 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Room of the Firehouse. We’d love to hear from you.
ON THE CALENDAR:
March 19 – Township Trustee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
April 7 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.
May 5 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.