Canaan Township News & Updates
2020 Year End Review
In late 2019, Canaan Township went live with their new website canaantwp.org. The website is a way for the residents of Canaan Township to keep informed of what is happening in the township and provides a newsroom, meeting minutes, history of Canaan Township, policies, building rental, and audit and financial information. Residents may also contact the township through the website with any questions or concerns.
The year 2020 started out like any other year and was filled with great promise. In early February, Trustee John Bayles was able to attend the OTA Winter Conference in Columbus. The conference offered an array of vendors and training sessions. Mr. Bayles was able to attend a sessions on OPWC funding and ethics, to name a few.
As we all know, March arrived and we found ourselves in a full-blown Pandemic. Something that many of us have never experienced before! The guidance and restrictions that came at us all in 2020 were often times confusing and conflicting. The April monthly meeting was canceled along with many other community meetings, activities, and schools.
In May, the township received guidance that we could resume in person meetings, but that the meetings should be confined only to those items necessary and essential for current operations and services.
At the May meeting, the trustees voted to put the renewal of the existing 2.5 mill fire levy on the fall ballot. The levy is set to expire at the end of 2020.
In June, the township received guidance that, because of the pandemic, appropriations should be reduced by 20% in the Gas Tax Fund and the Motor Vehicle Fund. This reduction was to reflect the anticipated decrease in revenue due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
July brought the good news that funding was approved for the OPWC grant project this year. Canaan Township has applied for and received OPWC grant money to assist in road improvements for seven out of the past nine years. The OPWC project this year was the Township Road 60 Road Improvement, Phase II.This allowed the township to pave Township Road 60 one mile north of County Road 27 to Township Road 135. The improvements included replacing an existing culvert, widening the road, and applying a new road surface. Small’s Asphalt Paving, the winning bidder, completed this work. Last year, OPWC Township Road 60 Road Improvement, Phase I, allowed the township to replace culverts, widen the road, and pave one mile north and one mile south of State Route 95. In November, the township submitted the application for funds for Phase III. If the OPWC Township Road 60 Road Improvement, Phase III Project is approved next year, the entire 5 miles that make up Canaan Township Road 60 will be newly paved and widened. The township trustees are thankful for these grant monies to assist in improving and paving the 21 miles of township roads in Canaan Township.
Other roadwork for the season included the paving of Canaan Township Roads 61, 62, and 64. This was a total of almost 2 miles of roads. Canaan Township piggybacked off the county bid again this year and Mid-Ohio Paving paved these roads for the township.
In November, the voters of Canaan Township passed the fire levy renewal with 163 residents voting for the levy and 101 residents voting against the levy.
The township received from the Ohio BWC two dividend checks this year, in repsonse to the pandemic, totaling $1,383.00. A third dividend of $2,363 is expected to be received in December from Ohio BWC. The township was also granted a pass on the 2nd quarter UAN fees, a savings of $618.00. The MORE Grant from OTARMA totaling $500 was received and used for tree removal in the cemeteries and along the roadways of the township. Every little bit has helped in this strange year.
As 2020 comes to a close, we are grateful for our township and the great community we live in. We wish you all a safe and healthy new year and are looking forward to a better 2021!
Understanding Township Funding
(reprinted excerpts from the Ohio Township Assocation)
Townships, unlike other forms of local government, have very limited funding streams. Townships are primarily funded through property taxes levied on real property within the township.
What is millage? This refers to the tax rate that is assessed in mills per dollar. A mill is 1/1000 of one dollar. Therefore, each mill generates $1 of taxes for every $1000 of property's assessed value.
Inside Millage - The Ohio Constitution prohibits taxes on property in excess of 1% of true value without voter approval (Article XII, Section 2). Actual implementation of this amendment involved the creation of a statutory limit of 10 mills. Townships usually have somewhere between 1 and 2 1/2 unvoted mills. Generally, unvoted mills are used for general fund purposes. Some townships have divided the millage into two funds: general fund and road and bridge fund. Inside millage is a vital source of revenue for townships. It is used to fund general operations, supplement levy-funded services and, in many counties, fund the local health district.
Perhaps no other local government source is as little understood as inside millage. Easily enough understood is what inside millage is - an unvoted property tax authorized by the Ohio Constitution and established by the General Assemby which may not exceed ten mills in any taxing district.
Outside Millage ( Voted Levies) - When a board of township trustees votes to collect revenue in excess of the 10-mill limitation, a levy must be put before the residents of the township for a vote. Ohio Revised Code 5705.19 lists all of the different purposes for which a township may levy a tax in excess of the 10-mill limitation.
The Ohio Consitutions and the General Assemby, by statue, authorize boards of township trustees to levy taxes on real property in excess of the 10-mill limitation subject to the approval of the electors of the township.
There are several types of township voted levies: reneweal, replacement, and additional.
Renewal - A property tax that collects the exact amount of taxes and is for the same purpose as the levy it replaces.
Replacement - A property tax levy that enables the township to replace an expiring levy but receive taxes based on the current vaulation of all property in an area, including new development.
Additional - A new levy at a specific rate of millage.
Fire Levy Renewal for Residents Living Outside of
1st Consolidated Fire District
Every five years, Canaan Township asks for the renewal of a 2.5 mil levy to pay for fire protection for those residents who live outside of the 1st Consolidated Fire District. This includes most of the residents in the southern half and in the northeastern quarter of the township.
The levy generates dollars to pay Iberia Joint Fire District and the Village of Mount Gilead for fire protection. All of the dollars received from the levy are paid to these two departments.
Only Canaan Township residents living outside of the 1st Consolidated Fire District will vote on this levy on November 3, 2020.
Township Awarded OPWC Grant
In October 2019, the trustees submitted an application to OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commission) for a grant to widen and resurface Township Road 60 one mile beginning at County Road 27 then heading north commencing at Township Road 135. The application was submitted as Township Road 60 Improvements, Phase 2. The total engineer's estimate for this project is $180.402.20.
The township received the award letter from the OPWC on July 1st approving the grant. Because of the late award notice,OPWC gave permission for the bids to be advertised and opened at a special meeting on June 30, 2020. The township received four bids.
The trustees unanimously accepted the bid from Small's Asphalt Paving,Inc. of Gambier, Ohio. They came in with the lowest bid at $158,421.65. The township will be responsible to cover 26% of the total cost of the project. The other bids received were Shelly & Sands, Inc. $193,818.20; Mid-Ohio Asphalt $180,248.70; and Kokosing Construction $169.666.45.
Household Hazardous Waste Event
Due to the COVID-19 virus, the DKMM Solid Waste District rescheduled the April 25th Household Hazardous Waste and Paint event to August 15th and canceled the May 16th event. The June 6th and August 22nd special collection events are currently still considered on schedule.
As further developments occur, the situation will be monitored and schedule changes may be made as appropriate. For a list of Special Collection events, please click here. Please be sure to check the news feed on the DKMM.org website closer to each date for any changes to the event schedule.
2020 Elected Township Officers
The Canaan Township Board of Trustees recently elected officers for 2020. Chairman is Edward Sayers. Vice-Chairman is John Bayles. Trustee Matthew Carwell is the third trustee. Edward Sayers will continue to be the representative for 1st Consolidated Fire District. Resident and former trustee, Billie Pangborn, will continue as the representative for Regional Planning. Matthew Carwell will continue to be the building rental designee.
All meetings of the Canaan Township Board of Trustees will continue to be held the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM at the township office building, 2170 State Route 95, near Denmark. All interested area residents are always invited to attend. Any change in meeting times will be posted on the bulletin board outside the door of the township office.
2020 DKMM Special Collection Events
March 2020 update from DKMM - Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are canceling the April 25th Household Hazardous Waste and Paint event. We hope to reschedule the event for the fall. All other special collection events are currently still considered on schedule. We will monitor the situation and make any further changes as appropriate.
There will be four special collection events offered this year to the residents of Delaware, Knox, Marion, and Morrow Counties (DKMM). There is a bit of a change in the timing this year with two of the events being offered in the spring (Morrow and Marion) and two of the events being offered in the summer (Delaware and Knox). Click on the link below to open the flyer and read the details of each collection event. Please help keep our township beautiful and clean by utilizing this service to properly dispose of hazardous waste, paint, and electronics. Two of the events are also offering paper shredding.
2019 General Election Results
Trustee John Bayles was re-elected to a sixth term of service to the residents of Canaan Township. Mr. Bayles sixth term will begin 1/1/2020.
Fiscal officer Jill Retterer was elected to her first full term of service to the residents of Canaan Township. Mrs. Retterer is fulfilling the unexpired term of Deana Detwiler, which will expire on 3/31/2020. Mrs. Retterer's official first term will begin 4/1/2020.
2019 Road Work
The largest project this year was the TR 60 Road Improvement which was largely funded through the OPWC grant. This project affected TR 60 one mile north and one mile south of State Route 95. The improvements included replacing existing culverts, widening the road, and applying a new road surface. This work was completed by the winning bidder, Shelly & Sands, Mansfield, Ohio.
Other road work for the 2019 season consisted of chip and seal applications to TR 72 and 73, TR 60 between TR 65 and CR 61, TR 61 between TR 60 and the Marion County line, TR 244 including the turnaround and the alley, and TR 133.
The Morrow County Engineer, Bart Dennison, once again invited all the Morrow County Townships to participate in a joint bidding process with the county roads. The costs, when done jointly with the county, are usually significantly less than when we bid alone. This year 20/20 Enterprises out of Somerset, Ohio, did the county work as well as the chip and seal for Canaan Township.
There was considerable "bleeding" this year on some of the townships roads and Trustee Matt Carwell used Dale Mitchell's truck to spread stone on those areas. The trustees check all the roads monthly and complete a Road Sign Management and Inventory form. In checking the roads, they sometimes find and collect trash, tires, and others items considered litter. The trustees collect these items and properly dispose of them.
If you ever find something on the roads that doesn't belong, please contact one of the trustees so we can get it removed as soon as possible.
The trustees also mowed the ditches at least 2 times this summer and fall. It was a challenge at times as the new Kuhn mower that was purchased last summer was in the repair shop twice!
We are now facing the fact that winter will soon be upon us. The trustees will, once again, be signing a contract soon for snow removal.
Township Awarded OPWC Grant
In October 2018, the trustees submitted an application to OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commission) for a grant to resurface Township Road 60 one mile north of State Route 95 and one mile south of State Route 95. The total engineer's estimate for this project is $282,898.08. The township received the award letter from the OPWC in May 2019 approving the grant.
Bids were advertised and opened at the end of June 2019. Shelly & Sands, Mansfield, Ohio, came in with the lowest bid at $296,232.48. The township will be responsible to cover 26% of the total cost of the project.
Township appoints new Fiscal Officer
The trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Retterer as the new fiscal officer of Canaan Township. Jill and her husband, Todd, reside in the northeast portion of Canaan Township. Jill is a graduate of Mt. Gilead High School and Marion Technical College and is currently employed with Mid-Ohio Sanitation and Recycling as their routing manager. Jill has lived in Canaan Township all her life and looks forward to serving the residents by working with the township trustees to see that money is spent wisely and in the best interests of the residents.
Jill stepped into big shoes to fill when Deana Detwiler retired after serving the residents of Canaan Township for over 31 years. Deana began serving as the fiscal officer of Canaan Township in 1987 when she was appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of Barbara Grasmehr. Deana also served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Township Association and was a great help to many local fiscal officers starting their positions with other townships. The trustees are grateful for Deana's many years of service to the residents of Canaan Township and wish her well in her much deserved retirement.
Welcome to new Trustee
Matt "Chunk" Carwell
We are pleased to welcome a new face on the Canaan Board of Trustees, Mr. Matthew Carwell. Matt, "Chunk", as known to his friends, and his wife Teresa, reside in central Canaan Township on County Road 70. Matt is a graduate of Mt. Gilead High School and is currently employed with the Morrow County Highway Department. We look forward to a great working relationship with Matt and believe he will be a wonderful asset to the residents of Canaan Township.
Matt takes the seat of retiring trustee, Billie Pangborn. Billie began her tenure as a trustee in 2005, after the death of her husband, Gary Pangborn. Gary served from 1994 until his death in 2005. Gary was appointed after his mother, Mildred Panborn, became too ill to serve. Mildred became a trustee in the early 1980's after the death of her husband, Michael Pangborn. Mike began his tenure as a trustee in the early 1970's. Hats off to the Panborn family for nearly 50 years of dedicated, hard working, public service to the residents of Canaan Township!