The Bethel Township Trustees passed the final resolution necessary to levy a 3.8 mill levy on the November ballot at the July 11, 2017 meeting. The resolution includes a certification issued by the Miami County Auditor and will be forwarded to the Miami County Board of Elections. The proposed levy is a five-year renewal levy that is primarily used for infrastructure improvements that attempt to mitigate annexation by bordering cities. The levy will raise an estimated $453,794 for these infrastructure improvements.
Trustees also passed two resolutions for the 2018 Tax Budget. The first resolution adopted the Alternative Tax Budget Format. The second resolution reframes from adopting a tax budget for fiscal year 2018 and approved the submission to the Miami County Budget Commission alternate tax documents prepared by the Fiscal Officer.
For the Fire Department, Township Administrator Andy Ehrhart reported that the department responded to 21 calls from June 24, 2017 through July 7, 2017. They responded to an outside trash fire. In addition, they responded to 13 emergency medical services calls and two vehicle accidents, one with injuries and one without injuries. They also assisted an invalid and authorized a controlled burn.
Planning and Zoning Director Marty Caskey reported that he received two applications for zoning certificates and issued two. The certificates included a new residence at 6845 Studebaker Road and a sign at 6490 Ross Road.
Caskey also received a variance request for an accessory building height at 4210 Dayton-Brandt Road. The Board of Zoning Appeals will not meet in July, but will hear the case at 6:30 p.m. on August 24, 2017.
Caskey announced that the Bethel Township Zoning Commission will meet on July 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to hear a request to rezone the property just east of the old Process Equipment Plant from A-2 General Agriculture to I-1 Light Industrial.
For Zoning Enforcement, Caskey received four complaints of high grass. Two of the four complaints have been resolved. He is continuing to work on the remaining two complaints.
The next regular meeting of the Bethel Township Trustees is scheduled for July 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the township meeting room.