What’s Happening in Harlem Township
SHARE THE ROAD
It’s Spring, and in spring everyone’s thoughts turn to getting outside to enjoy the wonderful weather including farmers with their equipment, lawn care providers, casual walkers and dog walkers, exercise and marathon runners, motorcycle riders, and bicycle riders. These additional vehicles when added to the normal traffic on our roads - the cars and trucks of people who live here, school buses, trash pick-up trucks, postal vehicles, construction vehicles, utility service vehicles, and delivery vehicles can lead to brief periods of congestion and increased safety hazards. We all need to be patient and use extra caution.
By Ohio law, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, cars, farm equipment, and pedestrians all have the right to use Ohio roadways. All users of our roads are subject to the same traffic laws applicable to cars with the exception that pedestrians should walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Unless posted, the speed limit in Harlem Township is 55 mph. (The speed limits do vary, even on the same stretch of road.) Two wheeled vehicles are subject to much more danger from roadway hazards such as pot holes, loose gravel, wildlife, and even honks from car horns than four wheeled vehicles.
Bike riders like to ride through Harlem Township for the same reason many people chose to live here: it’s pretty, mostly rural, and there are many smaller roads without heavy traffic. Many organized bike rides cross Harlem Township because we are a connecting link between Columbus and destinations to the north and east. This year one of the Pelotonia routes, the 80 mile route from Gambier, will come south along the township’s eastern edge and then cross a small portion of the southeastern portion of the township (ride is August 8-10). Pelotonia training rides will also cross our township. If you didn’t know, Pelotonia riders are raising money for cancer research and for funding scholarships for future cancer researchers. Since it’s beginning, this bicycle ride has raised over $61 million for cancer research, research which profits many of the residents of our community. Other organized rides, many of them also raising money for charitable causes, will cross Harlem Township in 2014, including our very own Duncan’s Run Ride on July 5th which raises money for our Harlem Township Days on August 16 and 17.
We all need to Share the Road, observe all traffic rules, and use some common sense. Allow extra time to get where you’re going, look very carefully before you pull out to go around stopped lawn care trailers and trash trucks, allow plenty of room between you and the vehicle you’re passing; for bicycles the recommended minimum distance is three feet. Watch for hand turn signals. If you’re a slow moving vehicle, pull right when you can to allow vehicles following better opportunities to pass. If you’re walking or riding a bicycle wear bright or light colors, yield to whatever vehicle obviously has the right of way at 4-way intersections, even if they’re a lot slower than you. Keep your eyes on the road and do not become distracted riders or drivers.
We’re recycling! In 2013, 83.46 tons of recyclable material was picked up from the bins on the south side of the township Maintenance Building, an average of almost 50 pounds per township resident. The bins are currently being emptied on Mondays. If you stop by and find the bins full, please do not leave materials outside the bins – come back another day. So everyone gets the most use out of our bins, please collapse cardboard boxes and flatten plastic jugs. If possible when you come to the recycling bins, please approach them from the back side (west), which allows closer access, so the driveway to the parking lot for the park is not blocked.
On the east end of the row of bins is a bin for paper products only – newspapers, magazines, etc. Harlem Township receives $20 to $25 a month from the materials put into that bin. In January 2014, this bin was emptied three times and 4,067.11 pounds of paper was picked up, saving 6.33 cubic yards of landfill space – a valuable saving.
BIG NEWS FOR HTH
Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. (HTH) has received notification from the IRS that their application for 501(c)(3) status has been granted. HTH is a community-based, volunteer-led township organization established to document and preserve the history, cultural resources, and natural environment of the township; create interest in the township’s heritage through educational events and activities; and promote a sense of community while operating exclusively for charitable, educational, historic, and scientific purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
HTH meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the Firehouse. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Harlem Township. There are no membership dues. HTH would love to have you join them.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP QUILT AND CRAFT SHOW
Harlem Township Days 2014 will offer a quilt and craft show in the Community Room of the Firehouse. For 2014, prizes for each class are: First $7, Second $5, Third $3. This year the emphasis is also on what’s being done now (in the year since last year’s craft show) so in any classes that are a repeat from prior years, entries must have been completed between August 17, 2013 and August 15, 2014. These classes are marked with and asterisk * below. Classes will be split if the number of entries warrants.
HARLEM SCHOOL MEMORIAL
After many years work is now underway to create a memorial to the Harlem Township schools. When the Harlem High School building in Center Village was demolished, the date plaque and drapes from above the school doorway were saved, and have been waiting for someone to use all or part of them in a memorial. The Harlem High School Alumni Association and Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. have begun working with the Harlem Township Trustees to develop plans to make this dream a reality. If you would like more information on this project or would like to help, please contact Vicki Tieche at 740-965-4535 or .
NEW ALBANY FOUNDER'S DAY, MAY 17
Harlem Township Heritage will once again have a township related display in the historical exhibits in the New Albany school gym during their Founder’s Day. The HTH display this year will be on Native Americans and Harlem Township.
If you have Native American artifacts that have been found in the township you would like to have included in the display and/or if you would like to help man the HTH table, please contact Vicki Tieche at 740-965-4535 or .
JOINT COUNTY HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFFS
Locations and dates for our joint counties (Delaware, Knox, Morrow, and Marion) hazardous waste drop-offs for this spring are: April 26, Morrow County Fairgrounds, 195 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and May 17, Marion County Fairgrounds, 220 E. Fairgrounds St., Marion, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Flammables, Toxics or Poisons, Corrosives, Reactive Materials, Electronics, and Tires can be dropped off on these dates at these locations (but not paint!). There is a $2 charge for passenger tires, $4 for truck tires, and $25 for tractor tires. Also, there is a $10 charge for any size TV and $2 for computer monitors. The Delaware County collection will be on October 4, but as residents of the joint counties, Delaware County residents may drop off wastes at these spring events.
For more information, view the Delaware County Health Department flyer.
CAPITAL UNIVERSITY HONORS FORMER TOWNSHIP RESIDENT
Capital University will honor Professor George Dell during the University’s Alumni Weekend, April 24-27. As a gift to the school, the 50 year reunion class of 1964 has created the George F. Dell endowed scholarship fund with a scholarship to be given annually to an English major. A display about Dell and his literary and art works will be available for viewing in the Capital University library from April 21 through April 28. Professor Dell was a resident of Harlem Township from 1941 to 1992.
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.
PROPER DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICINE
Don’t flush that old prescription of Grandpa’s – dispose of it safely. When medicines are flushed down the toilet, they make their way into the watershed and downstream someone drinks a glass of water containing a small amount of medicinal chemicals from your flush. Yes, yuck! We have no safe disposal locations in Harlem Township, but our neighbor to the west, Genoa Township, does. Medicine bottles with the prescription information removed can be dropped off at their police department, 7049 Big Walnut Road. The police department lobby is open 24/7.
Local hospitals also offer Drop-Off Days, usually in the spring, so check with them if they are more convenient to you than the Genoa Township location.
ON THE CALENDAR:
April 21 – Zoning Appeals
May 5 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.
June 2 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.