Walnut Township Trustees hear zoning request for medical marijuana dispensary

The Walnut Township Trustees met in regular session Nov. 2. The trustees voted to enter into executive session to discuss pending litigation with an attorney.

Chris Welsh presented information requesting zoning for a medical marijuana dispensary in the township. 

Walnut Township Fire Chief Bob Price reported on run totals for the month of October and for the year to date, personnel issues, signage, equipment, grants and a request to raise the spending limit to $5,000 was approved.  Zoning Inspector Mike Berry reported on the number of permits issued, phone calls and letters.  A fee schedule addition was made for zoning permit fees for a commercial addition at $400 plus $.25 per square foot over 1,000 feet. Property Maintenance Inspector Rick Singer reported on properties in process and those resolved. Parks Supervisor Nate Wagner reported that the Porta-Johns had been pulled from the parks. As Roads Supervisor Nate Wagner reported on mowing, berms, striping, the Geiger Road Project and grant money through ARP.

The items of old business discussed were the Storm Water upgrades at Fairfield Beach, stormwater planning for North Walnut Township, and the agreement for the MARCS Tower.  Area resident James Miller raised questions about the North Walnut Township Study.

The next regular meeting of the trustees will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in the township office.

Fish fry

Millersport American Legion Post #637 will hold their monthly all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at the Legion Hall, 2557 Canal Drive in Millersport.  The cost of the meal is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger.  The dinner is open to the public. Carry-outs are available.

Special meeting

The Walnut Township Trustees met in a special session Nov. 6. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss 2022 appropriations, to approve an increase in appropriations for the fire fund for 2021, and to discuss and give direction to the zoning Inspector questions.

Senior citizens

The Millersport Senior Citizens met Nov. 5 in the Millersport Lions Clubhouse.  Twenty-two members were present for the potluck lunch.  The club provided fried chicken for the main entrée. 

President Ed Otte conducted the business meeting following lunch.  Those recognized having November birthdays were Gail Barber, Elaine Yakimo, Debra Gant, Margie Russell and Mary Sue Slater.  Cards were signed for those in nursing homes and reports were given on the shut-ins.  Door prizes were won by Debra Gant, Jeanette Sharp, Dave Holtz, Barb Yakimo, Gail Barber, Marvin Penwell and Marty Holtz.  The meeting was adjourned for cards and Bingo.

The Thanksgiving Meeting will be held at Sunset Inn Friday, Nov. 19.

Lions Club 

The Millersport Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Lions Clubhouse. Active Committee Reports and Pending Project updates will be given.  OCC Shoeboxes are due back at the meeting.  Selections of a child to adopt from the “Angel Tree” will be made. Veterans will be recognized.

Several thousand dollars in donations made in October were to the following groups:  Millersport High School Athletic Fund, Walnut Township Fire Department, Millersport Academic Boosters, 4-H FFA Junior Fair, Kamp Dovetail, Camp Echoing Hills, Ohio Lions Diabetes Research, Ohio Lions Eye Research General, LCIF, Ohio Lions Foundation, Ohio International Relations, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Pilot Dogs, Ohio Lions Sight & Hearing, and Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank.

 A celebration was held on Thursday, Oct. 28 recognizing all the volunteers who helped make the 2021 Sweet Corn Festival a success.

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