A LETTER FROM TRUSTEE JOHN MICELI

In this edition of our newsletter, you will find that we’re looking to the year ahead while thinking of the many things for which we are thankful now. Quite simply–2020 has been a year. And while it has brought with it a series of what will someday surely be historic events, I hope that we can end our year as we do every other. Let us look at the challenges we faced as battle wounds, proof that we made it through; let’s count our blessings, be kind to others, and share our hopes for 2021.

Among our many blessings here in Dover Township are our wide-open spaces and homegrown businesses. How lucky we are that we can roam around the 300-acres at Norma Johnson Conservation Center or walk the towpath down from Zoar whenever we want. When we want locally-sourced food or beverages, we can shop at Gooding’s Market or stop in at one of our wineries. We don’t have the space to mention all of our township businesses, but they are all an important part of what makes our township great. During the months ahead, these businesses are counting on us to shop locally and support not only their employees, but the many families who depend on them.

Coming off the heels of an election, we’ve been told how different we are, but I look around Dover Township and see a community of individuals who all decided to live, work, and raise their families here, and likely for the same reasons. I see that 79% of our township’s registered voters voted in November, that’s above the total turnout for both Tuscarawas County and the state of Ohio. Even if we voted different from our neighbors, most of us did our duty as citizens and cast our votes. We have so much in common, and it is my hope in the coming year that we can find our similarities, understand our differences, and continue to support our neighbors.

We will not be discussing any COVID mandates or guidelines in this newsletter, and that’s not an effort in anyway to minimize the pandemic or its effects on the lives, health, and finances of so many. Frankly, because of how quickly the guidelines and mandates change, we can’t risk printing something and having it altered before it reaches your mailboxes. For up-to-date information for Ohio, we recommend visiting: coronavirus.ohio.gov. Local information is available daily on the Tuscarawas County Health Department’s Facebook page or via their weekly e-newsletter. If you would like to be added to their email distribution list, email director@tchdnow.org and place “Subscribe to eNewsletter” in the subject area.

As we wrap-up one year and begin another, we will continue to work for the health, happiness, good-fortune, and safety of all our township residents. And if you have any good news of your own that you would like us to share in the newsletter or on the website, please submit it at dovertownship.us/news.

ZONING REMINDER FROM ZONING INSPECTOR DAVE WEBER

Dover Township is zoned: changes or additions to your property need to meet all zoning requirements. More information is available from Township Zoning Inspector Dave Weber, who is at the Township Office on Mondays from 9a – 12p. Please contact him with questions or for the necessary paperwork at the office 330.343.6413 or on his cell phone 330.440.1944.

A current zoning issue: political signs. Per the zoning guidelines, all political signs are to be removed from public property no later than two weeks following the election. As that time window has passed, we ask that you remove signs from these locations as soon as possible. We also ask that private residents consider removing political signs from their property at this time.

END-OF-YEAR YARD MAINTENANCE

As you clear your yards and flower beds of fallen leaves, we would like to remind our residents that Dover Township does not provide curbside leaf clean-up. While we do clean what naturally falls into the waterways, Dover Township is not responsible for clean-up of leaves from private property.

It is imperative that we keep our creeks and ditches free of leaves and other debris to ensure that our culverts remain clear. Please do not blow, rake, or dump your leaves on township roadways or into waterways. It is illegal to dump debris from your private residence into township gutters and ditches.

If you are unable to compost your yard waste on your property, residents are encouraged to utilize Dover’s Yard Waste Collection Center. Located at 100 N. Tuscarawas Avenue behind the Waste Water Treatment Plant, the center is open 8a – 7p daily through April 30. Residents can drop-off grass, flower, and garden clippings; leaves; branches; and shrubs. Items must be unbagged.

If you intend to burn your leaves and other yard waste, please remember that all open burns must be more than 1,000 feet from any neighboring inhabited building. According to the Ohio Revised Code, ODNR prohibits outdoor open burning and controlled fires in March, April, May, October and November, between 6a and 6p. Additional EPA restrictions include:

  • No burning when air pollution alert, warning, or emergency is in effect;
  • Fire/smoke cannot obscure visibility on roadway, railways, or airfields;
  • And no waste generated off the premises may be burned.

For more information about open burning in Ohio, visit epa.ohio.gov.

WINTER ROAD PREPAREDNESS FROM ROAD SUPERINTENDENT STEVE MILLER

Winter weather is rapidly approaching, and we would like to ask all Dover Township residents to help us keep our roads safe this winter. Please watch for our snowplow trucks, giving them the space they need to safely salt and clear our roads. We ask this for both your safety and theirs.

During the 2019-2020 winter weather season, Dover Township salted roads 11 times and plowed and salted roads 8 times, using a total of 660 tons of salt and salt-mixed materials. As we have 650 tons of salt and 400 tons of salt-mixed materials remaining from last season, we ordered 300 additional tons to be delivered throughout the 2020-2021 season. We purchased our salt this year at $69.63/ton. Last year salt prices were $84.50/ton.

NEWS FROM THE NORMA JOHNSON CENTER

The Norma Johnson Center does have winter events planned: however, events may be changed, rescheduled, or cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Please check the Norma Johnson Center Facebook page prior to attending any events to ensure that no changes have been made.

Luminary Walk, December 5, 5 – 7p, free.
Visitors will be guided along the newly-built accessible trail that is lit with luminaries and paper lanterns.

Winter Hike, February 6, 10a – 12p, free.
Get out in nature, and head out to the trails with your family. Pets are welcome on a leash.

The Norma Johnson Center is one of our most loved Dover Township locations, and we all get to enjoy its beauty for free. If you would like to become a member or make a donation to show your support for the organization, visit normajohnsoncenter.com.

A NOTE FROM YOUR DOVER TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES

Dover Township Receives Grant for Road Safety Signage.
Dover Township received a $10,618.00 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to add safety signage along the township’s roadways. Zoning Inspector Dave Weber spearheaded the township’s application and was happy with its success.

“This grant will help us make the township roads more up-to-date and safe at no expense to the taxpayers,” said Weber. “We’re going to hit all township roads—turn, stop and school bus signs will be replaced first. Signage along our two most accident-prone roads—Red Hill Road and Saltwell Road—will be top priority.”

This grant covers the total cost of signs, posts and hardware. The images on the right are before-and-after signage installation on Stubbs-Mills Road in Lebanon. Visit dovertownship.us to see more examples of signage changes.

Residents Reminded to Vote, Tuesday, November 6.
The polls will be open on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 630a – 730p. To see if you are properly registered, find your polling location, or view a sample ballot for your precinct, visit tuscarawas.ohioboe.com.

Zoning Reminder: Junk and Unlicensed Vehicles and Recreational Vehicles.
Dover Township Zoning Inspector Dave Weber would like to remind residents that junk and unlicensed vehicles are not permitted to be parked outside. The can be parked in an enclosed building. Residents are also not permitted to live in recreational vehicles, travel trailers or motor homes within the township.

MEET RANDY & KORAL CLUM

UPDATE: On October 30, 2018,the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced that Dover Township residents Randy and Koral Clum had been named the 2018 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Click here to read the full announcement.


2018 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year: Randy and Koral Clum from American Forest Foundation on Vimeo.

In 2017, Hepatica Falls Tree Farm, owned by Dover Township residents and business owners Randy and Koral Clum, was named Ohio’s Tree Farm of the Year. Earlier this year, Randy and Koral were designated the North Central Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, making them owners of one of the top four tree farms in the entire United States. Now the couple, their daughter, and team at Clum Forestry Consultants wait to hear if the American Tree Farm System named them National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

A Columbus-native, Randy graduated from The Ohio State University in 1977 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Forestry. Born and raised in Iowa, Koral graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Forestry. That summer, the two met at the 1980 Ohio State Fairgrounds during a fair workers appreciation picnic. They went on to work together at Shawnee State Forest and married in October 1981. In her position at Shawnee, Koral was the first female forester to work on a State Forest in Ohio.

In 1985 the pair began working for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) as service foresters, covering three counties each. Koral covered Holmes, Wayne and Tuscarawas counties while Randy covered Carroll, Harrison, and Stark counties. They purchased their home in Dover Township at this time, and their daughter, Casey, joined the family a year later.

“We previously lived at the edge of a 63,000-acre forest, and we fell in love with Willow Glen’s dense trees and rolling hills,” Koral said. “Dover provided easy access to the counties in which we were working at the time, and we loved the school system and the strong sense of community here.”
Eight years later, in 1993, the couple purchased a 149-acre property in Harrison County, founding Hepatica Falls Tree Farm. Randy started his own business, Clum Forestry Consultants, a few years later in the basement of their home. Koral joined him at the company three years later, and they celebrated 20 years in business in 2017.

Since purchasing the farm, Randy and Koral have had four timber harvests at Hepatica Falls, affecting 100 of the 149 acres and producing more than a half-million board feet of timber. If you’re wondering what that amount of timber looks like, it’s almost 95,000 8-foot long 2x4s. If you stacked those 2x4s, the pile would be as high as the Eiffel Tower—stacked on top of itself 16 times. If you laid them end-to-end in a trail, it would stretch from Cleveland to Columbus.

Sure, that’s a lot of harvested wood, but the Clums still have more than 700,000 board feet of growing stock in 30 different tree species on their farm. That’s a big part of why they’re being considered for this award. Hepatica Falls is also home to more than 50 different species of wildflowers, three waterfalls, bobcats, coyotes, otters, deer, and nearly 20 more wildlife species. They count among the farm’s most important successes the memories they have made there with their friends and daughter—including stick forts, tree swings, mushroom hunts, campfire meals, and sled rides to name a few.

The American Tree Farm System will announce the recipient of the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award in October. The decision will be announced at: treefarmsystem.org

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY FAIR OFFERS FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The 168th Annual Tuscarawas County Fair will run Sunday, September 16 – Sunday, September 23. Admission for ages three and up is $5. Admission for senior citizens is $3. Weekly passes are available for $15 and $25. These prices do not include rides. Stop by any First National Bank of Dennison location, Heritage Country Store or WTUZ Radio for a discounted admission coupon for $3. Learn more and purchase tickets for the Rodney Atkins Concert, Truck and Tractor Pulls, and Demolition Derby at tusccountyfairgrounds.com.

Sunday, September 16
630p – Junior Fair King and Queen Contest
7p – Annual Plate Auction, Companion Animal, Miscellaneous and FCS Project Awards Recognition

Monday, September 17
9a – Open Class Beef Show / Junior Fair Bred & Fed Steer Show / Junior Fair Beef and Kiddie Showmanship / Junior Fair Poultry, Kiddie and Old Timer’s Showmanship / Junior Fair Broiler Show / Junior Fair Standard and Fancy Poultry Show
4p – Draft Horse and Draft Mule Halter Judging
630p – Junior Fair Market Lamb Show / Junior Fair Sheep Breeding Show / Junior Fair Sheep, Kiddie and Old Timer’s Showmanship
730p – Motorcross, Grandstand, Free Event

Tuesday, September 18
9a – Junior Fair Market Hog Show / Junior Fair Dressage Show, English Horse and Pony Show
5p – Guys and Gals Lead Class
6p – Junior Fair Market and Dairy Goat Showmanship / Market and Dairy Goat Show
7p – Open Class Dairy

Wednesday, September 19
9a – Junior Fair Market and Dairy Steer Show / Cattlemen’s Scholarship Winners / Junior Fair Feeder Calf Show / Junior Fair Beef Breeding Show / Junior Fair Pony and Easy Gaited Horse Show / Junior Fair and Kiddie Rabbit Showmanship / Junior Fair Breeding Rabbit Show / Junior Fair Market Rabbit Show
2p – Open Class Dairy and Kiddie Showmanship
4p – Junior Fair Swine and Kiddie Showmanship
730p – Rodney Atkins, Grandstand
Thursday, September 20
9a – Junior Fair Turkey Showmanship / Junior Fair Market Turkey Show
10a – Open Class Draft Horse Hitch Show
4p – Livestock Sale, Swine
5p – Livestock Sale, Lambs, Market Steers, Dairy Steers
7p – Drag Race, Grandstand, Free Event

Friday, September 21
9a – Junior Fair Dairy Show / Junior Fair Dairy Showmanship / Junior Fair Western Horse and Production Show
12p – Harness Racing
2p – Junior Fair Pygmy Goat and Kiddie Showmanship / Junior Fair Pygmy Goat Show / Junior Fair Utility Goat Show
3p – Dairy Product Sale
4p – Junior Fair Ground Roping
6p – Animal and Me Show
7p – NTPA/COTPA Truck and Tractor Pull, Grandstand

Saturday, September 22
9a – Junior Fair General Livestock Judging Contest / Junior Fair Dairy Judging Contest / Junior Fair Versatility
10a – Cloverbud Round-Up
12p – Junior Fair Super Showmanship / Harness Racing / Junior Fair Contesting Show
3p – Junior Fair Small Animal Sale, Goats, Turkeys, Rabbits, Broilers
4p – Kiddie Tractor Pull
7p – OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pull, Grandstand
8p – Square Dance

Sunday, September 23
930a – Worship Service
10a – Open Class Beef Judging
12p – Open Class Goat Show
1p – Harness Racing
730p – Demolition Derby, Grandstand

FROM SHERIFF ORVIS L. CAMPBELL: DISCHARGING FIREARMS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY IN DOVER TOWNSHIP

In the State of Ohio, statutory townships—like Dover Township—use the laws provided by the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) for regulation, zoning, and enforcement purposes on private property. Per ORC, it is legal to discharge firearms on private property in Ohio’s Townships if discharging the firearm(s) is done in a safe and legal manner and that the person(s) discharging the firearm is the landowner or someone to whom the landowner has given permission.

What is a ‘Safe and Legal Manner?’ You are responsible for every bullet that leaves the barrel of your firearm. You still own that bullet and will be held legally responsible for any injuries, fatalities or damages it causes. In order to be safe while discharging firearms, a shooter needs to be able to see the intended target, the backstop and beyond. For this reason, shooting activities are restricted to daylight hours.

Those convicted of violent felonies or domestic violence and persons who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are prohibited from possessing or discharging a firearm. The Ohio Revised Code contains specific laws allowing for the arrest of such violators. Ohio Revised Code 2923.162 prohibits persons from discharging firearms upon, over or within 100 yards of a cemetery; a public roadway; and also on the ground belonging to a school, church, or inhabited dwelling or property of another. It is also illegal to discharge a firearm from a vehicle. Persons found guilty of violating this code will face penalization ranging in severity from a fourth degree misdemeanor to a first degree felony.

Target Practice A private property owner, prior to allowing the discharging of a firearm on his/her property, needs to have a proper backstop made of soil or some other soft porous material and free of rocks or hard material that may increase the chances of a ricochet bullet. The backstop must also be of sufficient height and width to guarantee the capture of all bullets fired at targets. A wooded area is generally not considered a proper backstop as the shape of trees increases the chance of a bullet glancing off in an unsafe direction.

A range should be located so that nobody is shooting toward a house, vehicle, roadway, or any other structure. Not all private properties are suitable for shooting activities. Properties located in housing developments are typically not suitable for shooting ranges due to smaller lot sizes and their close proximity to neighboring houses. Please review the National Rifle Association’s NRA Range Source Book for more information on shooting ranges.

Hunting It is legal to hunt on private property in the township. Hunters are bound by the rules and regulations set by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the ORC. There are many hunting laws and restrictions, and I recommend hunter safety courses for all those unfamiliar with safe and legal hunting practices.

How We Handle Firearms Complaints When the Sheriff’s Office receives a firearms complaint, the Deputy will first survey the location to ensure a proper backstop is in place, that persons are shooting in a safe direction, and that the shooting activity has been conducted in a safe manner. If the Deputy deems the location of the shooting activity unsafe, a cease-fire may be ordered until the location, backstop and activity are safe.

To minimize neighbors calling in shooting complaints, be cordial and respectful, exercise common sense and good discretion, and make sure that you address all of the aforementioned safety concerns. Building rapport and good relationships with your neighbors and inviting them to target practice with you may be helpful in demonstrating to them that you are safe and responsible.

For additional information or with questions about operating firearms or firearm businesses, please contact Zoning Inspector Dave Weber at the office 330.343.6413 or on his cell phone 330.440.1944.

TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS REMAIN CALM AMID RISING ROAD SALT PRICES

Road salt prices have more than doubled this year, but Dover Township Trustees were prepared. “The average price per ton for road salt during the last six years is $58.53, which makes last year’s rate one of the lowest we’ve seen,” said Drew Yosick. “We took advantage of this and filled the salt bins at the end of last season.”

As a result, the township currently has more than 500 tons stored, more than half of the average 900 tons needed each winter. The township will be purchasing at least 630 additional tons at the 2018 price point, $84.53 per ton. The cost of the township’s road salt is paid from either the Gasoline Tax Revenue, the Motor Vehicle License Tax Revenue, or from the Road and Bridge Fund.

“We always plan for a high rate and hope it comes in low,” said Trustee John Karl. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case this year. Like this year, prices were high in 2015: in fact, they were almost identical, totaling $84.41. The following year salt prices dropped to $42.24 per ton. It’s just a supply and demand thing. If we have a mild winter, it will be cheaper next year.”