A word from your Dover Township Trustees – Vote, Tuesday, March 15

Just over 18% of registered voters in Tuscarawas County cast ballots in the 2012 primary election. That’s got to be a typo, right? No. Seriously, of the near 59,000 registered voters in our county, less than 11,000 showed up at the polls. (Just in case you’re wondering: only 21% of registered voters in Dover Township voted that election.)

Now we’ve missed the deadline to remind you to register to vote: that was February 16. But we haven’t missed the opportunity to remind you to vote on March 15. The single most important thing you can do as a citizen of our country is to participate in the democratic process, casting your vote at each and every election.

And when you vote on March 15 (you’re going to vote, right?), don’t forget your ID. Every voter will be required to provide proof of identity before voting. Eligible forms of identification include: current and valid photo identification card; military identification; copy of utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check; or government document with your name and current address.

If you can’t get there in person on March 15, don’t sweat it. You can submit absentee ballots in-person or via mail through March 14. Any qualified voter may vote by absentee ballot without providing a reason. To do so, visit the BOE office—101 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia—or print your request for an absentee ballot from the BOE website—boe.co.tuscarawas.oh.us. Mail it in, and they’ll send you your ballot. Fill it out, drop it in the mail, and then kick back—you’ve done your civic duty.

Write it on your calendar, set an alarm on your phone or computer, put a Post-It on the fridge. Do whatever you have to do to remember to vote this March 15.

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ZONING REMINDER FOR SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT

The approaching spring brings with it warmer temperatures and often home improvement. We would like to remind those building or adding to a home; adding an accessory building, shed, or playhouse on their property; or placing a fence on their property to visit our website for the necessary forms.

Click here to review fees and rates and download forms before beginning these projects.

Township residents to vote on Issue 10, Dover Library Levy Renewal

By Jim Gill
Director, Dover Public Library

For the first time, Dover Township residents will vote on March 15 to determine the future of Dover Public Library (Issue 10). Here’s what you need to know:

  • The library is proposing the renewal of a 1-mill operating levy for 5 years. If successful, the levy will be renewed through spring 2021.
  • The levy is not a tax increase for Dover Township residents. It will replace the Tuscarawas County Public Library operating levy township residents currently support.
  • It will cost $2.91/month for the owner of a $100,000.00 home. This amounts to $34.92 annually.
  • The levy raises $335,000.00 annually for the Dover Public Library. This is 27% of the library’s operating funds. These funds include the purchase of materials, programming for all ages, and community services like Books on Wheels and computer classes.
  • Without levy funding, the library will have to make severe cuts in 2017, including changing hours and staffing, reducing the amount of new materials, and reducing the number of programs.

In the past, Dover Township residents fell within the Tuscarawas County Public Library district; however, Dover Public Library’s service boundaries have changed to “the Dover City School District in Dover Township.”

This change occurred after the State Library of Ohio challenged public libraries statewide to clarify and define their service boundaries. Dover Public Library and Tuscarawas County Public Library agreed to the boundary change.

Residents of Dover Township will have the opportunity to vote on all future levy initiatives regarding the Dover Public Library.

Here are a few event selections from the March 2016 calendar.
MARCH 28 – Money Monday: Retirement—Making Your Money Last, 630p-730p
MARCH 29 – After School Movies, 3p-5p
MARCH 30 – Giggle Time, 930a-950a; Toddler Story Time, 10a-1020a; Preschool Story and Craft Time, 11a-1145a; and Picturing America, 630p-730p
MARCH 31 – Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, 12p-1p and Computer Security Basics, 630p-8p

Visit doverlibrary.org for the full schedule and programming information.

Local severe weather safety information from Sheriff’s Department

By Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell

As Spring approaches so does unpredictable weather. Remember that if a severe weather advisory is issued for our area, continue to listen to your TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio for up-to-date weather information. For additional weather information, please go to Tuscarawas Weather Network, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or Weather Channel.  Always remember to have flashlights, batteries and a portable radio available in your household in the event of a power outage, so you can continue to receive information.

If a tornado warning is issued for our area, remember to DUCK!

D = Go DOWN to your lowest level
U = Get UNDER something
C = COVER your head
K = KEEP in shelter until storm has passed

If you are outside and hear thunder, seek shelter immediately.  If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance.  In other words, if thunder roars, go indoors.

If you are driving and encounter a road covered with water, do not try to drive through it.  Water can be incredibly powerful.  It only takes two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles.  So you if you come to a flooded road, turn around immediately.

Keep these safety tips in mind as we approach Spring and the weather that comes with it.

Trustees Host Dover High School Facilities Task Force

At the Tuesday, February 2 Dover Township meeting, the trustees hosted the Dover High School Facilities Task Force for a presentation about proposed changes to the Dover High School campus.

“This truly was the best way to gain a full understanding of what’s being proposed,” said Trustee John Fondriest after the presentation by Superintendent Carla Birney, Assistant Superintendent Karie McCrate, Treasurer Brenda Hurst, and Board of Education member and retired Dover High School teacher Jeannine Kennedy. “It was very casual. I probably asked 30 questions, hard questions, and they answered them all completely.”

To participate in a conversation with the task force, residents can attend a Wednesday morning coffee talk with Birney or request to host a presentation at their business or organization. The next coffee talk is Wednesday, April 6, 9a-1030a at Bread Head Bistro in Dover. Call the Dover Administrative Office at 330.364.1906 for information on these opportunities.

Residents are also asked to review a brochure on the proposed update and then complete a survey. Click here to view the brochure.  Click here to complete the survey.

 

From Dover Fire Chief – City levy vote to impact Township residents

The following is an opinion piece written and submitted by Dover City Fire Department Chief Russ Volkert. To submit your news for consideration in our newsletter and on our website, click here.

by Russ Volkert
Dover City Fire Chief

On the March 15th primary ballot, the city of Dover is seeking to replace its current 3.6 mill operating levy with a 4 mill levy. This is a city issue, so it will not be voted on by township residents. However, it will have a vital impact on the citizens of Dover Township because slightly over 80% of the new money will be used to hire 6 firefighters, which will increase our staff by one third.

The current levy was voted into place in 1975 and has brought in the same amount of money since 1976. The main reason to add staff to the fire department is to provide enough on-duty staff to respond to two back-to-back or overlapping emergencies. As call volume has increased, the occurrence of these overlapping and subsequent calls has naturally increased. We have been tracking these trends for over 18 years. In 2015, out of 1,986 responses there were 142 times when we had calls come in within seconds or minutes of one another, and 48 times when another agency had to respond because we were tied up and not able to respond.

We are not alone in this dilemma: all area agencies are burdened with the same problem. It is vital that we take this major step to reduce the likelihood of being unavailable as – sooner or later – outside help will be coming from very far away if our primary backups are also tied up. The time is clearly here to address this issue.

New offerings at Norma Johnson Center

From the Norma Johnson Center Facebook Page

This year is exciting because we are offering more creative classes for the adult and older teen group. We are teaming up with Bye Bye Blue Art Studio and Creative Canvas for six classes, starting in March and ending in November. Also Balanced Yoga Studios in Dover will once again be offering yoga classes twice a month from June to August.

We received funding through the Kimble Foundation to hold our JAKES day camp in September. It will be called a Conservation Day Camp. Our fishing derby will be turning into a Family Fishing Day with prizes given away throughout the morning.

The Children’s program has been planned, and we once again look forward to seeing all the families that take advantage of these events. Please look over a few selections from the 2016 calendar below.

MARCH 31 – Silent Auction and Annual Meeting, 5:15p
APRIL 30 – Earth Day Clean-Up, 9a-12p, and Rain Barrel Workshop, 1p-3p
MAY 14 – Chicken Barbeque, 11a and Plant Sale Pick-up, 10a-2p
JUNE 11 – Creative Canvas, 2p-5p
JUNE 25 – Family Fishing Day, 9a-12p; Tie Dye with Bye Bye Blue, 2p-430p, Picnic by the Pond, 6p
JULY 9 – Canvas Painting with Bye Bye Blue, 10a-12p
JULY 14-24 – Traveling Butterfly Exhibit
JULY 30 – Picnic by the Pond, 6p; Movie night and social
JUNE 1, 15, 29; JULY 13, 27; August 10, 24 – Yoga in Nature, 6p

Visit normajohnsoncenter.com for the full schedule.