What’s Happening in Harlem Township
|Please Note: The April trustee meeting has been moved to April 22.|
TOWNSHIP’S NEW ISO RATING
Effective April 1, 2015; Harlem Township’s new ISO (Insurance Services Office) PPC (Public Protection Classification) rating is 04/04y. This is an improvement over our former rating of 6/9. The ISO utilizes a PPC rating scale of 1-10, with 1 being the best rating.
To read the full announcement, please download the PDF here Fire Insurance Rating Improvement.
FILING YOUR TAXES IN 2015
Don’t wait until the last minute this year to pick up paper tax forms and instruction booklets. If you find they are unavailable, all forms and instructions can be downloaded online:
IRS: IRS homepage
Filing: IRS Filing (You can get forms from this page as well.)
Instructions: Ohio filing instructions
If you know someone in the township who does not have a computer and printer and who may need help getting tax forms, forms will be available at the Zoning Office / Community Room of the firehouse on Saturday, March 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Forms will be free but there may be a charge for entire booklets.
10-DIGIT PHONE NUMBERS
Everyone in the 740 area code will have to start dialing the area code plus the phone number for all calls including to local exchanges (965 etc.) starting on March 21, 2015. This change is necessary because the 740 area code will run out of numbers to issue by mid-2015. Numbers in the new area code 220, which is being added in this area, will begin to be issued probably sometime in April.
In addition to needing to dial the area code before the local number, phone owners should update any preprogrammed seven-digit phone numbers in your mobile phone and other devices to include the area code. Automatic dialing equipment such as: life safety systems, fire or burglar alarms and security systems, speed dialers, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions may require updating.
The following will not change: 1) your phone number including the current area code, 2) the price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services, 3) calls that are considered local will remain local, regardless of the number of digits dialed, 4) emergency calls to 911 are not affected, only three digits are required, 5) If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 are currently available, you will still be able to call them by dialing just three digits.
WANTED!! CLASS PICTURES FROM HARLEM HIGH
In the old days the halls of Harlem Township High School were lined with large photographs of the graduating classes. When the school was torn down, these photos were given to people who were interested.
The Community Library has made digital copies of the few of these old photos they have found and would like to be able to do all thirty (?) years of Harlem’s graduating classes to put online in their memory project. If you have one of these large photos, would you please contact either Margaret or Chauncey at the library and make arrangements with them to borrow your photo and copy it. The library number is 740-965-3901.
SPRING CEMETERY MAINTENANCE
Township Maintenance crews will begin their spring clean-up in the cemeteries April 1. Anyone having holiday decorations in the cemeteries they wish to save, needs to have them removed by then. 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.
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 in the Township, Cemeteries tab above.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP CIVIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL 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 18, 2015. Volunteers are needed to show their civic pride and help clean up our roadsides. Trash bags, road assignments, and safety vests will be available from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road, a quarter mile west of Center Village. Wear study boots and gloves for 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. Trash filled bags will be picked up along assigned roads on Monday, April 20, by the Township Maintenance crew. This enables anyone who can’t participate on Saturday to collect trash at other times over that weekend. If you wish to do this, please contact Valerie so she adds the area you’re picking up to the list of roads needing trash bag pick up.
For anyone interested in learning about adverse weather conditions and what weather spotters do, the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Union County Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the National Weather Service are offering a free spotter course on Thursday, April 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Valley West Elementary School, 61 N 3rd St. in Ostrander.
In the event of a disaster, the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinates the county’s resources and agencies to reduce the impact the disaster has on the county. Weather can have a very disastrous impact, so knowing more about adverse weather conditions is definitely helpful.
For more information about this agency and what they do, visit their website at http://www.delcoema.org
DKMM 2015 SPECIAL COLLECTION EVENTS (WITH CHANGE THIS YEAR)
The Delaware-Knox-Marion-Morrow Solid Waste District’s (DKMM) special drop-off events have been scheduled with some important changes on the materials that will be accepted at each event. Morrow and Delaware County events will only accept electronics and tires, and Marion and Knox County events will only accept household hazardous waste and paint.
Drop-off events this year are April 25, in Morrow County (Morrow County Fairgrounds, 195 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead), May 30, in Marion County (Marion County Fairgrounds, 220 E. Fairgrounds St., Marion), September 19, in Knox County and October 3, in Delaware County. All events run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For a full list of acceptable materials, visit www.dkmm.org.
CHICKEN NOODLE DINNER
The first chicken noodle dinner of 2015 is set for Friday, April 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 only have one Spring and one Fall dinner in 2015. We need more helpers to work on the preparations in the week before these dinners including Grange Hall clean up, making noodles and salads, and even helping cook beginning in the morning on dinner day.
If you enjoy these community dinners and would like to help keep them going, please contact Vicki Tieche, 740-965-4535,
HARLEM TOWNSHIP DAYS 2015
They’re coming, August 15 and 16 – mark the dates. Planning is underway and will continue at the Harlem Township Heritage meetings. Check the calendar below for meeting dates. Come and tell us what you’d like to see in 2015. Plans so far include: Quilt and Flower Show in the Community Room with prizes of $7.50, $5, and $2.50 for quilts and a $25.00 sweepstakes prize at the flower show (but no placement prizes). Our wonderful opening parade honoring community seniors over age 80, antique tractors exhibit both days and tractor pull on Saturday, Kiddie Tractor Pull on Saturday, our traditional "high noon" baseball game against the Ohio Village Muffins on Saturday, McFarland’s Llamas on Saturday, Antique and Classic Car Show on Sunday, for the kids, another Silver Stampede and a bounce house.
There will be more to come as plans are finalized and more ways to celebrate our wonderful and unique community.
MEMORIAL TO THE HARLEM TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
The decision was made to keep the cost of the commemorative bricks and pavers at the prices they were initially, $35 for bricks and $75 for pavers. We hope to have the new memorial in place by Harlem Township Days in August.
For more information about this memorial and brick purchase can be found by visiting the Harlem Township Heritage page under the Community tab above.
DELAWARE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Want to start a Christmas Tree farm, buy pawpaw trees or wildflower seeds or a cedar bluebird house, or maybe you’d like to learn more about rain barrels. If those sound interesting to you, check out the Soil and Water Conservation District’s website at www.delawareswcd.org. There’s a lot of information available there.
VEGETABLE GARDEN WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS MARCH 28
The Delaware General Health District and the Delaware County OSU Extension Office’s Master Gardener Association will present a first-time workshop aimed at helping beginner gardeners learn how to successfully grow vegetables along with information on the health and wellness benefits of vegetables. This event will take place on March 28, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Delaware Area Career Center located at 1610 State Route 521 in Delaware.
Event attendees will listen to a keynote speaker discuss gardening basics and will then attend three different breakout sessions in which they will learn about one topic of their pre-registered choosing. Topics include: A) organic gardening, B) vegetable preservation and cooking, C) container and small space gardening, D) pest control, E) gardening with kids, F) cooking your harvest. Attendees will also have a chance to gather materials, ideas and giveaways from local vendors who will be present throughout the day.
Event admission is $10. Those interested in attending are asked to register online at Ready Set Grow Delaware on Eventbright.com. A small fee will be charged when paying online. If paying by check, a printable copy of the registration form is located on the same Eventbrite page. Both pages of the form should be filled out and mailed along with a $10 check to the Delaware General Health District at 1 W. Winter Street Delaware, OH 43015. Registrants can also stop by the Health District to pay by cash, check, or credit card.
ON THE CALENDAR:
February 18 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
March 2 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
April 6 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
May 4 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room