What’s Happening in Harlem Township
DELAWARE COUNTY RECYCLING DROP OFF DILEMMA
For the first time since they were placed, the DKMM (Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow) Solid Waste District has not been able to locate replacement sites for the two largest recycling drop-off locations. It is very difficult to find a site that will accommodate 12-14 containers.
DKMM has worked with neighboring sites to add containers where possible, and add additional days of service. Containers have been added at some sites when space allows. Fortunately, residents that reside in the communities that lost the bins (Liberty Township and Sunbury) have curbside recycling available to them. Established curbside recycling programs in Delaware County have demonstrated that more residents recycle more materials. We encourage all residents to utilize this program.
There are now a total of 13 recycling drop-off locations in Delaware County and it’s important to keep them available. In order to do that, DKMM needs bin users to do their part:
For households without bulk item pick up, the Delaware County Solid Waste Transfer Station is the place where one can drop off trash. Under no circumstances should bulk items be left at a recycling drop-off location. This is considered illegal dumping and is not fair to the site host or neighbors.
The DKMM Solid Waste District takes pride in its drop-off program and wants to provide safe, clean recycling sites but can only do that with the help and support of the Delaware County community.
For more information, please contact Jenifer Way-Young, Keep Delaware County Beautiful Coordinator, Delaware General Health District at email@example.com or call 740-368-1700 ext. 2076.
ABOUT TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT
In 1953 the State of Ohio created (or revised) chapter 505 of the Ohio Revised Code to create the manner in which township officials would be elected and replaced. Section 505.1 states: "In each township there shall be a board of township trustees consisting of three members. Two of such trustees shall be elected at the general election in nineteen forty-nine and quadrennially thereafter," "The third trustee shall be elected at the general election in nineteen fifty-one and quadrennially thereafter," In 2007 ORC 507.01 was revised to set the term of office of the township fiscal officer to coincide with the term of office of the third trustee. This provision assures there will always be two experienced officials in each township. Elections for township offices are held in odd numbered years. Information on positions up for election/re-election (including school board positions) is available by going to the Delaware County Board of Elections website. Deadline date for any candidate filings or issue filings is 90 days before the general election (August 5).
DUNCAN'S RUN BIKE RIDE
We couldn’t have asked for better weather – one day with no rain amidst the months of downpours. One hundred and fifty-seven riders turned out to ride 30, 60, or 75 miles through Harlem Township and surrounding areas – as far away as the Branstool Orchard in Utica. Riders, who varied in age from 14 to 80, were highly complimentary of our ride and the way members of the Harlem Township Heritage group who put on the ride support them with snacks, SAG service, and an after ride lunch. It was a highly successful day that raised about $3000 which will be used to provide activities for our community at Harlem Township Days, August 15 and 16.
DELAWARE COUNTY YOUTH PHOTOVOICE PROGRAM
Over the last several months, Delaware County youth took to their communities to capture what they thought represented good and bad health through the use of photos. The result has been compiled into a feature presentation, the 2015 Delaware County Youth Photovoice Project, which will premiere at The Strand Theatre on August 5, at 6:00 p.m.
Facilitated by the Delaware General Health District and HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Inc., 24 youths representing grades 6-12 participated in a two-part focus group during April and May. In small group settings, youth discussed the following items: 1) What defines a community, 2) How is health defined, 3) Where does health (or an absence of) exist in our community.
The Photovoice Project was used as a method of gathering information for the first stage of the 2015 Youth Health Assessment (YHA). The Family and Children First Council of Delaware County (FCFC) will assess the data once it is collected and determine which top health issues are facing Delaware County youth. Action plans will then be created to help improve the health issues chosen as the top priorities. Plan to come to the Strand Theater in Delaware on August 5, at 6:00 p.m. to see this hour long presentation.
SEVERE WEATHER NOTIFICATION
We may all complain about winter storms, but there’s no question that warm weather storms can quickly cause far more damage. We’re back in thunderstorm and tornado season and there are several things we need to be aware of:
For more information on how to subscribe to receive weather alerts, visit www.weather.gov (listings for many weather service sites). You might also want to consider registering your mobile phone with reverse 911 alerts at www.safetyinformed.org to help you know what to do should a disaster happen in our neighborhood.
JULY 4TH PARADE
We did again! Best of Show in the Sunbury July 4th parade. Diana Robertson once again designed our township float, A Star Spangled Salute, decorated with flags of all the states, each one with a star. And Si and Lynda O’Quinn once again pulled the float in the parade with their red truck. It was a beautiful combination. Hope you had a chance to see it.
If you don’t like the mailbox hangers that are frequently just dropped out of car windows under mailboxes (and frequently end up in the ditch to clog drains), there should be a telephone number on the outside bag you can call to have your address taken off the delivery route.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP DAYS 2015
August 15 and 16, Community Park in Center Village – our once a year celebration of US – Harlem Township, Delaware County, Ohio. We’re unique and one of a kind. We like to show that by celebrating our heritage, our todays, and our tomorrows. We’re lining up activities for our August event. More details will be added as they develop, but for right now, you can find the list of already scheduled activities by visiting the 2015 Harlem Township Days page under the Community tab above.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP HERITAGE GETS NEW WEBSITE
Harlem Township Heritage (HTH) is very appreciative of the space allowed on this township website to let the community know about activities we are providing for the township. But because this is a township page, we’ve been limited in how much we’ve been able to say. But no more. We now have our own site, harlemtownshipheritage.org and a new facebook page to go with it - Harlem Township Heritage Facebook page. So if you want the full scoop on what activities we’re providing in the township, like at Harlem Township Days in August, check out these new pages. There’s a lot going on.
HARLEM HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI BANQUET
Even though it was another very rainy day, 40 people came to the Harlem Grange Hall for the Harlem High School Alumni Banquet and had a wonderful time. The inside of the Grange Hall was decorated with green and gold streamers and balloons and there were green and gold tablecloths on the tables and vases of gold flowers to celebrate the school district colors. Even though the last class graduated from Harlem High in 1952, you would have thought those attending were still teenagers – "When’s the Harlem Days Parade?" "August 15" "Oh, I have to go on a diet! I'm 90. I get a limousine this year."
ON THE CALENDAR:
July 20 – Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
August 3 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
September 7 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room