What’s Happening in Harlem Township
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:
The Harlem Fire Department periodically offers the American Heart Association CPR training to community residents who are interested. This four hour class is usually offered on Saturdays and scheduled only when there are enough interested community members on the list to warrant holding the class. If you are interested in being added to the list for future / the next class, please contact the fire department at 740-965-2661.
NEW TOWNSHIP FACILITIES CONTACT
Newly elected township trustee, Carl Richison, will be taking over the responsibility of scheduling events in township facilities: the Community Room, Grange Hall, and Park. Carl’s contact information is 740-965-6924 or email .
Information on use of these township facilities can be found under the Facilities drop down menu on this website.
SPRING CEMETERY MAINTENANCE
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.
DUNCAN RUN BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
The replacement of the State Route 605 bridge over Duncan Run, about ½ mile south of Center Village is on the schedule for 2014. The replacement will include a full closure of State Route 605 for 51 days, with the official detour being US Route 62 (in New Albany) to State Route 37 (in Johnstown) and back route 37 to 605. Duncan Run Road will also be closed at the same time with the detour for it being Robbins east, Green-Cook, and Center Village Roads. The current estimated start date for the project is in April with completion scheduled in August. The roads will obviously not be closed for the entire project time. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
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.
SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY
Harlem Township residents are encouraged to participate in a county program which allows you to register any medical or other special needs that you may have in your household. The program allows fire and police responding to a residence to have important medical and other information available enroute to the scene. Residents with special needs can log on to www.delcospecialneeds.com to find additional information on the program and/or make an inquiry into the program. A representative from the fire department will then contact you and make a home visit to gather all necessary information.
Who is considered special needs?
For more information or to register, contact the Delaware County Special Needs Coordinator, Sharon Creamer, by email at email@example.com or (740) 833-2184, or the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency at (740) 833-2180.
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:
February 18 – Harlem Township Garden Club
March 3 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.
April 7 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.