What’s Happening in Harlem Township

November 15, 2015

Congratulations to our returning Township Trustee, Jerry Paul. Jerry, a township trustee since 1984, received votes from 88% of the people voting, which is a very good percentage for uncontested races. Jerry is hoping in the next four years one of the issues he’s been working on for the past six years, the issue of double EMS coverage in Harlem Township (and other Delaware County locations), will be resolved. Jerry is also planning for development of the new Barnhard addition to Fancher Cemetery in this coming term-–laying out of roadways and gravesites. And, he also mentioned the parking lot at the Grange Hall and improvements there as possibilities.

The race for township fiscal officer was a contested one and on election day, the township voted to put Julie Debolt in office for the next four years. Julie is not unfamiliar with Harlem Township government having attended quite a few trustee meetings when her father, Chuck Bachman, was township trustee. She has already been hard at work learning the ropes from outgoing Fiscal Officer, Bob Fracasso.

Bob Fracasso was asked how long he’d been fiscal officer and what his plans will be once he is no longer working for the township. This was Bob’s response - "I was elected in 2003, took office in April, 2004, I was going to run one more term, but when I went on dialysis in January of 2014 and had a kidney transplant in November of 2014 and with all the follow up visits I didn’t know if I could faithfully do my job. Yesterday, I had my first yearly check up and my transplant Surgeon said I was a "Poster Child" recipient. I think it’s time to enjoy life with my wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I enjoyed serving the great residents of the best township in Delaware County. I don’t plan on leaving the Township." From all of us, thank you, Bob, for having served us and our township!

And finally a thank you and commendation to candidate, Sherrie Steele, for her efforts in her campaign for fiscal officer.

October 13, 2015

DELAWARE, Oh. – The Delaware General Health District is notifying parents of students participating in Big Walnut, Buckeye Valley and Olentangy Local School flu clinics that due to a national FluMist shortage the Health District will only be giving nasal spray vaccine (while supplies last) to elementary students while middle and high school students will receive the flu vaccine in shot form. For complete information on this visit the Delaware County Health Department website.

November 15, 2015

The "big book", the 400 page History of Harlem Township, that was prepared for the Ohio Bicentennial has been reprinted. Copies are available from Harlem Township Heritage for $30.00. In addition, the 40 pages that were cut out of the "big book" have been printed and are available for $5.00. These pages contain some pictures, old documentation about the township, the 2000 census, etc. All funds raised through the sale of books are used for restoration and repair work in our township cemeteries.

October 13, 2015

The Delaware County Veteran’s Service Office exists to provide services to qualified veterans living in Delaware County. Their office is located at 149 North Sandusky Street (parking available in the back of the building) Office hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday or you can reach them by calling 740-833-2010 or e-mail ddeshazo@co.delaware.oh.us.

The Delaware County Department of Job & Family Services offers programs and resources to help people attain self-sufficiency, enhance employment opportunities, and live in safe, stable families. Among the services they offer are employment services, assistance for those in need, children’s services, and adult protective services. The Main Office of Job and Family Services is located at 140 N. Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015, phone number 740-833-2300.

One of the functions of the County Auditor’s Office is to collect fees for and issue annual dog licenses. The application form is accessible via this link on the auditor’s website.

The County Engineer’s Office maintains an on-line page of road closures in the county. This information is available on the engineer’s website.

November 15, 2015

We’re once again entering the holiday time of the year with a hope for all of us to be safe and happy. Remember to be careful putting out holiday decorations, cooking larger meals, and traveling and shopping with the more crowded conditions. Also remember that if you or your family are in need of assistance, there are multiple organizations in Delaware County (and some in the township) who may be able to help. A good place to start is People in Need (PIN) serving all of Delaware County and funded by the United Way - 138 Johnson Drive in Delaware, open Monday through Friday (closed for lunch) - 740-363-6284.

November 15, 2015

Carriage rides will be on December 12, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. There will once again be luminaries to light the track and decorations in the shelter house. Decorating for that day will begin at 2:00 p.m.

During the rides there will be a bonfire and hot chocolate and cookies for those who have ridden or are waiting to ride. The rides are free but Harlem Township Heritage will be collecting monetary donations as they have in past years.

November 15, 2015

It seemed that everyone had other obligations to attend to on November 7, and as a consequence, the trees in the park did not get decorated for the holiday season. Watch the Harlem Township Facebook page for information on rescheduling.

September 18, 2015

Every year Harlem Township Heritage has to fight with insufficient electricity service in our community park for locating food vendors, rides, and other things needing power at Harlem Township Days. We've done a lot of jerry-rigging and gotten extra electricity by renting generators. Lack of electricity service is hampering our efforts to expand our offerings to the community during our event weekend and at other times during the year.

Consequently, Harlem Township Heritage has decided to work on additional fund-raising for the specific purpose of providing better electric service in the park -- before Harlem Township Days next year (August 20-21). The first fundraiser will be a chicken noodle dinner on September 25th. This effort is solely the project of Harlem Township Heritage with the upgraded service to be donated to the township park.

If you have any questions or would like to help with fundraising, please contact Vicki Tieche at 740-965-4535.

November 15, 2015


November 16 – Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
November 18 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room


December 7 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
December 10 – HTH meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
December 12 – Decorate for carriage rides, 2:00 p.m.; Carriage Rides 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
December 14 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
December 16 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
December 21 – Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., Community Room


January 14 – HTH meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
January 20 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
February 11 – HTH meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
February 17 - Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
March 10 – HTH meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
March 16 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
March 18 – Chicken Noodle Dinner, Grange Hall, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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