SPRING BRINGS PROGRESS TO DOVER AND TUSCARAWAS COUNTY

As we change from spring to summer, we ask all residents to drive with caution as our road crews mow and repair township roadways. It is also important to take note of some important changes happening in the City of Dover and surrounding Tuscarawas County.

DOVER HIGH SCHOOL
Township trustee John Miceli spoke at the Dover High School groundbreaking event on May 17 in front of nearly 1,000 attendees. The new $46.2 million high school was approved by voters in 2016 and will likely by completed at the end of 2019. The project will begin with the removal of Fifth Street and preparing the current building for two more years of use.

911 EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM
Passing by 144 votes during the May 8 primary election, a two-year Tuscarawas County sales tax increase will provide necessary upgrades to the county’s 911 system. These improvements include the purchase of an $11.6 million radio system to replace the current system, an 11-year agreement with Motorola for equipment and software upgrades, the purchase of 1,200 radios for county and local fire and police departments, and the joining of Multi-Agency Radio Communications System–which will give the county access to five additional towers throughout the state.

SEPTIC TANKS CAN STAY AS LONG AS THEY’RE NOT CREATING A NUISANCE

From The Times Reporter

A 2012 survey by the state Department of Health found nearly one in three home septic systems leaking untreated waste into the ground. As a result, the state enacted new rules on home sewage treatment systems in 2015, the first update since 1977. The new rules have created rumors and fears of terrible consequences for property owners with older systems.

Here’s the truth, according to Caroline Terakedis, registered sanitarian and director of environmental health for the Tuscarawas County Health Department, which regulates individual home sewage systems: As long as a system is not creating a nuisance, the county is not requiring upgrades.

The state sewage code requires that eventually, everyone in the state will need an operation and maintenance permit for their home septic system. That will require a maintenance agreement with a service provider, or inspections from the health department. The health department is now issuing about 1,000 operation permits in Tuscarawas County, according to Terakedis.

“Our goal here is to get people to take care of their home’s septic systems,” Terakedis said. “We want them to spend their money getting the maintenance done that they need…Everybody that has a septic system, anywhere, any state, should be doing routine maintenance,” Terakedis said. “If you do not do it, then your system will not last as long, and you will end up paying more in the long run.” Replacing a septic system could cost $10,000 to $25,000, she said.

Terakedis said that few systems should require replacements once the county fully implements its permitting process, which is projected to take until 2025. “Most of the time, hopefully, there will be something where it can be fixed,” Terakedis said. “A lot of these systems, one part needs replaced, and they replace it. The code does allow for incremental repairs of septic systems.”

The health department has been responsible for regulating home sewage treatment systems for years, Terakedis said. The process has included inspecting systems when property is sold. “We don’t stop the sale based on a failing septic system,” Terakedis said. “It goes out on the report, so that the buyer’s aware. And then we require them to replace or repair the septic system, get it back into working order. You can still buy it. We are very diligent about following up.”

More information about [septic] systems can be found on the Tuscarawas County Health Department’s website, www.tchdnow.org, or by calling 330-343-5555.

This article was written by Nancy Molnar and originally ran in The Times Reporter on May 27, 2018. Read it in its entirety at http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20180527/septic-tanks-can-stay-as-long-as-theyre-not-creating-nuisance.

BRANDYWINE CONSTRUCTION & RESTORATION

Kodi and Lawton Brock chose Dover Township for their home and business for a reason. “We love the location and proximity to modern conveniences,” Kodi said. “Plus, the beautiful country setting and quiet are more our speed.”

Lawton is a 2001 graduate of Dover High School, and Kodi graduated from Conotton Valley in 2002. They have one son, Lawton Brock III.

Two years after their wedding, Lawton and Kodi Brock founded Brandywine Construction & Restoration in 2009. Grown by word of mouth alone, the company is set to celebrate ten years in business in 2019. It’s grown from just Lawton to a team of ten, providing log home maintenance, new construction on both log and conventional homes, pressure washing, concrete sealing, and deck staining and construction.

And it’s still growing. Providing employees with medical and dental insurance, 401k, paid vacation time, and the promise of no seasonal layoffs, Brandywine is currently seeking a full-time restoration laborer to add to their team.

Interested parties can contact Brandywine Construction & Restoration at 4636 State Route 39 NW, Dover or at 330.204.6274.

Learn more about the company at brandywinellc.com.

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MENDED

After a visit to Dover, Lorain County native James Corley, owner of Mended, moved his family to the area in 2003. He worked as a trim carpenter and then owned and managed a professional archery media company, which he sold in 2015.

It wasn’t long after that Corley became bored and built a shelf for his wife using a five dollar wood pallet. She shared it on Facebook, and “it took off from there.”

People from all over the country hire Corley to build custom home furniture pieces. “My clients are in Texas, Salt Lake City, the Carolinas. Cleveland is huge for me,” Corley said. “Very few locals know about us. That’s something we’d like to change.”

All of Corley’s projects are customized, so prices vary based upon style, type of wood, size, and the style of the base. A recent project completed for a family moving from Cleveland to Salt Lake City featured steel from the old I-90 bridge. “They wanted to take a piece of Cleveland with them,” Corley said. “I specialize in live-edge furniture, and I’d love to eventually have a store-front with the workshop in the back so people can see my process.”

So why does he live and work in Dover when most of his business is out of state? “Home is where the shop is. We’ve had opportunities to move our shop, but why would I put my money anywhere else?,” Corley said. “I’m happy to pay for the luxuries we all look past every day, like the schools and our park. I can’t tell you how many people take this place for granted. I’m happy to support Dover because Dover supports us.”

Corley is father to daughter, Jaiden, 14, a student at Dover Middle School. He and his wife, Lindsay, have two sons–Hudson, 4, and Brooks, 1. You can follow Corley’s latest projects on Mended’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

To inquire about a custom project or to learn more about Corley, visit his website: mendedhomedecor.com.

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GOODING’S FARM MARKET TO REMAIN OPEN DURING ROUTE 39 CONSTRUCTION

During the State Route 39 resurfacing project, Gooding’s Farm Market will remain open during normal business hours–Monday-Saturday, 9a-6p and Sunday 10a-4p.

The project begins Monday, June 11 at the I-77/State Route 39 interchange in Dover. It will stretch from Dover to Sugarcreek. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers during working hours, Monday-Friday 7a-7p. Once pavement repairs are complete, milling and paving work will take place during nighttime hours.

Dave Gooding sold Gooding’s Market in 2017 after 30 years of ownership. It is now owned and operated by Brandi and Jerrod Foster and Megan and Nathan Steel. In addition to the fresh produce and flowers the market is known for, the new ownership has remodeled and added gift cards, bakery items, local honey, and local syrup.

Follow the company’s Facebook page to receive updates.

SUMMERTIME GRILLING AND BURN SAFETY

From the U.S. Fire Administration
Summer is the time to enjoy vacations, camping, picnics and the Fourth of July; however, summertime also brings fires and burn injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking.
 GRILL SAFETY
  • Only use your grill outside.
  • Keep it at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails and eaves.
  • Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep kids and pets safe.
  • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches.
  • Don’t walk away from them when they are lit.
BURN PREVENTION
  • Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
  • Use long-handled barbecue tools.
  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.
  • Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.
FIRST AID FOR BURNS
  • Place the burn in cool water for three to five minutes.
  • Cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
  • See your doctor if the burn is larger than your palm.
For more information and free fire-safety resources, visit www.usfa.fema.gov

GET OUTSIDE – AREA EVENTS IN NATURE

Wednesday, June 20
10a – Nature Storytime – Dover Public Library – Miss Claire will read some nature-themed stories, and you will make your own pair of binoculars to take with you on the Nature Hike.
2p – Animal Signs Hike – Camp Buckeye Retreat Center – Hosted by Dover Public Library, this fun and informative hike will take place on Camp Buckeye trails, led by Camp Buckeye staff.

Thursday, June 21
2p – Swim Break Storytime – Dover City Pool – Find Miss Claire from Dover Public Library at Dover Pool during the 2:00 swim break to enjoy a story while you wait to get back in the pool.

Friday, June 22
6p – Vinyasa in the Vineyard – Breitenbach Wine Cellars – An all-levels yoga class outside at the Tool Shed’s covered patio. Sangria and Park Street Pizza included in the price of $25.

Saturday, June 23
9a – Family Fishing Day – Norma Johnson Center, Pond at Yellow Pool Barn – Free – Bring the family and go fishing at the Norma Johnson Center. Registration will be at 8:30 and a friendly fishing adventure will go from 9a-11:30a. Sponsored by The Kimble Company and the ODNR Step Outside grant. Participants will receive free fishing gear while supplies last.
6p – Picnic by the Pond and Scavenger Hunt – Norma Johnson Center, Picnic Shelter – Free

Saturday, July 7
 6p – Rhubarb Release Party – Breitenbach Wine Cellar – Come out and celebrate the release of Rhubarb! There will be rhubarb pastries, homemade ice cream, food and Rhubarb wine! Our friends “One-A Celebration of U2” will be performing from 6pm-9pm with the hits of U2.

Thursday, July 12
Butterfly Exhibit Opens – Norma Johnson Center – Donations Appreciated – Enjoy Native Ohio Butterflies up close and personal in “All A Flutter” butterfly enclosure. On display but not limited to will be the Monarch, Question Mark and Morning Cloak butterflies. Open Monday-Saturday 10a-4p and Sunday 12p-4p.

Saturday, July 14
2p – Story and Sing-a-long – Softie’s – Listen to stories and sing songs with Miss Claire from Dover Public Library while enjoying Softie’s ice cream! Program will take place on their patio, and the first 20 kids to register get a free small cone!

Friday, July 20
6p – Vinyasa in the Vineyard – Breitenbach Wine Cellars – An all-levels yoga class outside at the Tool Shed’s covered patio. Sangria and Park Street Pizza included in the price of $25.

Saturday, July 21
7p – New Wave Nation Under the Stars – Breitenbach Wine Cellars – Utilizing modern day video technology, the New Wave Nation visually transports the audience through time and back, while performing the songs live, with a current feel, using their own arrangements, and tailoring a show around audience interaction and participation. Food and beverages will be available. $5 cover.

Sunday, July 22
Butterfly Exhibit Closes – Norma Johnson Center – Donations Appreciated

Saturday, July 28
6p – Picnic by the Pond and Movie Night – Norma Johnson Center – Free

Friday, August 17
5p – First Crush Five Mile Run – Breitenbach Wine Cellar – A unique 5 mile run/walk, starting and finishing at the Winery.  We will be celebrating the “First Crush” of the fall grape harvest before and after with music, tastings, and camaraderie. Every race registration comes with a commemorative wine glass, and four wine tastings (for those of age), as well as a Subway Sub, refreshments, and snacks. Each finisher receives a commemorative Stainless Steel Wine Stopper.
6p – Vinyasa in the Vineyard – Breitenbach Wine Cellars – An all-levels yoga class outside at the Tool Shed’s covered patio. Sangria and Park Street Pizza included in the price of $25.

Saturday, September 8
10a – Touch A Truck – Dover Public Library
6p – Picnic by the Pond and Night Hike – Norma Johnson Center – Free

Monday, September 17
Tuscarawas County Fair Opens

Sunday, September 23
Tuscarawas County Fair Closes

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR AT HOME AND ON THE ROADS. A NOTE FROM YOUR DOVER TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES

Our community is a great one because of the residents who live and work here. Homes are neatly kept, roads are well maintained, local businesses are supported, and children attend excellent schools. However, our community is not without disagreement or change, and that’s where we come in.

As your Township Trustees, we are always available to hear concerns or new ideas. In most cases, your neighbors are too. Get to know them. Have a friendly discord; so that when issues do arise (and they always do), you can have a polite discussion before bringing in the township officials.

Too often, people assume the intent of someone else’s actions. Before you do, ask. Consider your neighbors when making changes to your property or when using your property in a way that effects them (like adding fencing near property lines or firing guns). Before calling us with a grievance, let your neighbor know that something just doesn’t seem right to you. And if a compromise can’t be reached or concerns fall on deaf ears, call us. That’s what we’re here for.

One concern that we’ve heard from numerous residents is about reckless driving on township roads. Our roads are often traveled by slow-moving farm equipment, residents walking their dogs or running, and motorcyclists and tourists taking in our rural landscapes. These roads wind through hills and have loose gravel, small shoulders and often hidden drives.

Residents don’t feel safe pulling out of their driveways or walking their dogs because drivers are going too fast or are not paying attention (and too often at the same time). We would like to remind everyone to please consider their neighbors while driving, especially in winter weather. Slow down. Pay attention. Share the road. Drive like you live here. (Because we do.)

MAKING HOME IMPROVEMENTS? DO NOT BEGIN BUILDING PROJECTS WITHOUT A ZONING PERMIT

36% of Dover Township residents who modified the exterior of an existing structure or added an additional permanent structure (like a shed or fence) to their property in 2016 did so without a building permit. As a result, the Dover Township trustees and Zoning Inspector Dave Weber are considering implementing penalties against those who begin these projects in the future without the proper permits.

Dover Township is zoned, and changes or additions to properties must meet all zoning requirements. More information is available from Zoning Inspector Dave Weber. He is at the Township Office Mondays, 9a – 12p. Contact Dave with questions at the office at 330.343.6413 or on his cell phone 330.440.1944.

Visit dovertownship.us/zoning to review fees and complete forms before beginning these projects.